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HONDA CIVIC 1992 HEATING UP. i CLEAN THE RADIATOR WATER PUMP IS WORKING FINE THERE IS NO WATER LEAK - BUT STILL LOOSING WATER 1/2 LTS EVERY TWO DAYS

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In the morning... when you first start it open the hood FIRST. Remove the radiator cap and then start the engine. If water gushes out of the radiator cap hole the head gasket is leaking into the water jacket of the engine. The only fix for this is to have the head gasket replaced. Also an indicator of water exiting the exhaust system is that the tail pipe will have more than normal / usual water exit the tail pipe and possibly appear quite clean at the outlet of the tail pipe.. i.e not condensation water that often appears during the first start of the day.

A compression test of the engine (all cylinders) would most likely reveal what cylinder is losing compression due to a head gasket problem.
Additionally.... if you remove the spark plugs one at a time.. the spark plug of the cylinder that is leaking will be cleaner than the rest of them.

Just note that if you find that there is a lot of water exiting the radiator cap hole just after first start of a COLD engine that the situation will only get worse and continued operation of the engine without repairs can be very costly.

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You may have a small pin hole in one of your hoses that is only leaking under pressure. Of course you may not notce it with the vehicle idling because the pressure is higher as the rpms rise while you are driving.

More importantly though, you need to check your oil dipstick. If the oil looks "milky" you may have water leaking into your oil. This can happen if you have a problem with your "heads" such as a small crack. A cracked head can lead to a blown motor so check it out as you are checking all of your hoses on your cooling systems.

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