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1990 honda civic Dx 1.5L

Car overheats at idle and top radiator hose has massive pressure. when i bleed system through bleeder valve nothing but steam brand new radiator;thermostat;radiator cap;water pump temp switch; dont know wt else to do.

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    I have same problem except I just got a new rebuilt engine for my 89 civic. Just took it to engine guy and Honda and no one has an explanation. New thermostat and waterpump. No one seems to know why. It overflows through the overfow when I go 25 miles or more on the expressway.Help?

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Have someone do a Block test of the cooling system to determine if you have a headgasket problem seems likely that that is your problem, or pull the plugs connect a cooling system pressure tester and pump ot up to 20 psi or more and leave it there if it drops pump it up again, leave it there for an hour or so and keep looking into the cylinders for evidence of coolant if you see any you have a head gasket problem.

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Try bleeding the air out of the cooling system right after you start the motor up. this will allow you to get all the air out but not steam. do this until the coolent comes out. common cause, it could be vapor locking and not letting the coolent flow causing OVERHEATING. hope this helps

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