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95 Honda Passport running very poorly

I was told that it was time to replace my timing belt so I figured I better get it done before it breaks. This mechanic ordered a timing belt and forgot to order the tensioner I told him you have to order the kit because it doesn't come all together, So finally he got it after a week. Then he tells me I should replace the water pump at the same time so I said fine. When he was finally done I went to get it and drove about 3 miles and it overheated all the way as far as the needle on the guage could go. I had to have the car towed back. He said he forgot to fill it up with antifreeze and water. I was so angry. Now ever since I had this work done my car has not been running right. When it's cold it's fine but after about 10 minutes of driving it starts acting strangely. When I stop the idle goes up and down, when I accelerate it's hard to get it going smoothly, it like chokes up and I have to shift to 2nd right away to get it going. The temp guage is about 1/3 of the way from the cold side but if I stop and lift up the hood it is so hot you can't even touch the radiator hoses. This is not normal. What do you think? Is something wrong with the fan or cooling system or maybe plugged up air lines or what? Please help!

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  • marieelisabe Jun 17, 2008

    The mechanic is no longer here. The radiator had some coolant and water in it but he had not filled it up. So is this going to be really expensive do you know? I need to drive every day. Should I have the radiator flushed or do you think the timing belt is off?

  • marieelisabe Jun 17, 2008

    Ok thank you, I guess I will have to have it checked out.

  • marieelisabe Jun 18, 2008

    Thank you, I don't know how much water & coolant there was, I just know it was not full. Hopefully there was enough in there but I guess the only way to find out for sure what's going on is to find a reliable mechanic. Thank you for your help.



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There is a very good chance that driving your car with no coolant has caused at the very least a head gasket issue, if nothing worse (warped head or block etc...)

If there is an air lock in the cooling system and it sits around the coolant sensor then the gauge will register a low temperature because the air lock is not as hot as the actual coolant.

You need to get an independant report on the damage and then present it to the mechanic who carried out the initial belt and pump replacement, because the cost of the repair is down to him, be it a new head gasket or a replacement engine.

Very best regards


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    Steven Adams Jun 18, 2008

    Before removing the water pump, the coolant would have been drained off which would leave only a small quantity in the radiator, but none in the engine or expansion bottle, therefor, if consequently none was added after the work had been done, then you would have had the biggest air lock in the history of man in your cooling system.

    Unfortunately, if my guess is right, then it will be quite an expensive repair, the head gasket being the cheapest, and obviously the replacemet engine being the most expensive.





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