Question about 1997 Honda Accord

2 Answers

My son's 1997 honda accord starting smelling hot, like something burning. He saw the temperature gauge was getting hot, so he pulled into a parking lot and opened the hood, there was steam coming out from the engine.....Green (anti freeze?) fluid was spilled onto the passenger side front of the engine, and dripping onto the ground. We filled the radiator with water and turned the car on, there doesn't seem to be any leaks in the hoses up top or the top side of the radiator, but the water was coming out from underneath....any idea what this could be? perhaps the radiator, or is there something else that could spring a leak? Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks, lauren

Posted by on

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 23 Answers

I have had a similar problem with my son's Accord. You are lucky that your son knew to stop immediately, this happened to my son and we ended up having the head rebuilt.

A leak may exist but not show up until there is adequate pressure or, you may have a blockage that caused excessive pressure.

We once had the radiator leak which was nearly undetectable in his Accord, check for moisture in the trough where the radiator sits by looking down the inboard side of the radiator with the hood up. You may need a flashlight. Radiators are available at auto parts stores for about $100 and easy to replace. Replace the thermostat, cap and as many hoses as you can at the same time.

Another problem we had was the radiator cap had come apart and leaked periodically.

If the thermostat stuck, this could have caused a temperature and pressure surge explaining the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't leak. A faulty fan, or fan switch could also cause a periodic temperature surge.

The leak could be coming from the thermostat housing which is on the passenger side of a 4 cyl engine, or from the upper or lower radiator hoses or the two heater hoses. The water pump is on the drivers side and connects to the thermostat housing through a metal pipe with O-ring seals.



Posted on Jun 06, 2010

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that has over 500 points.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 218 Answers

Check the lower rad hose, and that the water pump and thermostate are working properly

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Burning smell inside car. Not under hood. What could it be?


I had the same problem with my 2005 Honda Accord. I would happen only sometime but is a distant odor I smell from inside the cabin. Older Hondas sometimes have gasket problems that leak small amounts of oil onto the exhaust manifold. Ask the mechanic to go check the valve cover gaskets. They replaced a new gasket to my car at the Honda dealer and I haven't smelled that burning odor since then. Good luck.

Jul 21, 2014 | 2005 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Burning smell when parked in garage


Start simple, look for debris on the exhaust such as a plastic bag stuck and melted. Also look for nests under the hood. Good luck!

May 20, 2014 | 1997 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Burning smell


Hehe...Well, unfortunately without smelling it, or looking at the vehicle, there's not much I can do for you here. Check underneath for oil leaks getting onto the hot exhaust, or maybe a plastic bag stuck to exhaust, etc. Good luck.

Mar 10, 2014 | 1999 Honda Odyssey

1 Answer

1997 Honda CRV temperature gauge spikes to Hot


You have to thank the Gauge that shuts down your engine when hot bec. it wont knock...you have to clean your radiator and see if the coolant inside it run through the radiator holes to the engine water jacket to make sure your engine will not over heat...For the fans, find the fan relay...it's under the hood in the fuse box...

Aug 06, 2012 | 1997 Honda CR-V

1 Answer

Honda accord 1997 the high temperature gauge showme my car is hot


Check your coolant level, check for leaks, could be thermostat or water pump.

Mar 07, 2011 | 1991 Honda Accord

1 Answer

When i drive after some time is getting bad smaile


Bad smells can come from a variety of heated item in a car.

The key word is HEATED. After you drive, and you smell the bad odor, park the car (engine running) and walk around the car smelling and sensing (not touching) for heated areas.

Lift the hood, and see if there are anythings that look out of the ordinary. The engine will be hot, but there are hoses and wires all over the engine compartment. look carefully to see if you have any wisps of smoke anywhere.

Melted wires or hoses. If you just filled the oil, you could be smelling oil burning off the block. This applies to any fluids.

good luck and don't forget to vote!!!

Oct 11, 2010 | 1997 Honda Accord

2 Answers

My honda accord wagon smells hot i stop running car, ther,s no leaks do i need a termostat?


You may have a bad thermostat or a weak water pump or a clogged radiator. Smell does not indicate if its hot. The gauge or coolant light might suggest its getting hot. You may have a fuel control issue that is overheating the catalytic converter which would smell or an oil leak that is dripping onto a hot surface causing a smell. You may have a real small coolant leak that you cant see that could cause this also.

Sep 09, 2009 | 1995 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Engine smells like rubber burning and temperature gauge at normal temperature. Water/coolant leaking out of reservoir and needs to be filled ever 2 days. Oil level is normal, but when it's hot outside the...


Generally that smell is caused by an oil leak that is getting on either the exhaust pipe or manifold (doesn't take much to smell). As far as bottle getting low, I've got a 93 that never stays full but only needs coolant in the radiator about once every two months. Been like that for two or three years and has never overheated. I'm sure there is a small leak somewhere, but I'm not driving myself crazy looking for it. Check all hose connections, and look on the ground after being parked overnight...If it's leaking, something will show up. But if the radiator is staying full, just check it when checking oil level.

Jul 13, 2009 | 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2 Answers

Do you I need to replace the thermostat on my 1999 Honda Accord as a preventative measure only?


No only if you have noticed a change in engine running temperature on gauge, colder or hotter than normal.

Aug 05, 2008 | 1993 Honda Accord

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Honda Accord Logo

262 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Honda Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76164 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Kevin Daniels

Level 3 Expert

1455 Answers

Are you a Honda Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...