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My 1994 honda civic is bubbling in the reserved bottle and when its cool and i open the radiator there is no water or coolant in the bottle or radiator whats wrong with it

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1st off, make sure your fan is coming on, and if i does changes are you need to replace thermostat, and refill with anti-freeze

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

  • rtmark1031 Apr 27, 2011

    If there is bubbling in the reserve tank moments after you have started the engine, chances are you have a worn cyclinder head and you need your engine to be top overhauled. Also check the radiator cap if water leaks out moments after you have started the engine. There are cases that it is just a worn out radiator cap.



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When the car is completely cool,check the electric fan(s) for smooth rotation.

Clean/check/change the thermo sensor,contact and wire.


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Put the front end on a pair of ramp or park your car on a VERY STEEP HILL (radiator facing top of the hill) .

Top of the coolant reserve tank

Let it ran for 10-15 minutes.

Monitor for air pockets escaping from coolant reserve tank.

Small amount of bubbles is OK at 1-5 minute mark

After the thermostat open up (after 195 F warm up) at
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If you do not see any in rush of bubbles then your thermostat may be partially stuck or rusted badly inside the thermostat hosing.

Give the thermostat host few gentle taps.

If you see larger bubbles surfacing after 15 minutes then should do a hydrocarbon (HC) dye test to test for potential head gasket leak.

Let engine cold down and top off coolant reserve tank.

Start monitor for coolant lost


A coolant flush is require every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

I recommend the thermostat that has a relief pop-let to reduce the change of burst radiator and coolant hoses.

Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.

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The theory here is if your losing water and none is leaking on the ground its got to be going into the cylinder and getting pushed out the exhaust pipe.

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