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I just purchased a 92 honda prelude. the car temp for the most part was fine until u step on it a little bit then she starts to over heat. i guy told me to replace the cooling fan sensor and i did. didnt fix it. then it started over heating again, i turn on the heat in the car and it instantly dropped. after cutting it off it started to increase again. i went and brought a themostat took the old 1 out and place the new 1. it seem it got worse. by me turn on the heat and seeing the temp instant drop say something going on with the themostat

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    cruzazul420 Jun 01, 2012

    where would the cooling fan sensor be at

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Is the thermostat installed correctly? There is a bleed hole on the thermostat with a rivet in it. That should be up. Is the coolant level topped off? There should be a bleed screw on the manifold if I remember correctly. Honda's are very sensitive to coolant level. Check the cooling fans to see if they are running. The left one should be for cooling and the right fan for when a/c is turned on. You can jumper the plug for the coolant temp sensor ( where the lower radiator hose attaches to the block) and the fan should run when the car is running. If all else fails, you should have your cooling system pressure tested as this could be a blown head gasket.

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Take off rad cap and start engine and let all air out this will take a good half hour and also to keep topping it up with coolant also turn on the
heat in the car.
when you had changed the thermostat you forgot to bleed the system and air will create problems.

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