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My check engine light is on, along with another red light right above it. it looks like a tank for the cooling system according to the manual, but everything is full. also, my windshield wipers won't turn off unless i turn off the car. My car also overheats.

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Check light -is on
Red light-is on
Wipers don't work
Over heats


You need a repair shop

Thoses things didn't just start today

Pretty soon you'll be walking & your car will be ruined

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Why does my 1997 Honda Accord temperature gauge rise when the car is idle?

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Normally, when air is trapped in the cooling system the radiator cap will vent the air out into the recovery tank, mostly when the engine is off and cooling down. That is completely normal. However, if you see bubbles continuously while the engine is running you may have a blown head gasket or worse, a cracked head.

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My 2000 Toyota Echo has the red engine temp light flashing. I checked the coolant container about an hour after I parked in the shade of my house. (95 degrees here today and I was driving on the highway...

a flashing check engine light (CEL) is a warning to stop driving-one that is on steady (not blinking) means something is wrong, but blinking is BAD-make sure it is completely cooled down, and fill the overflow/surge tank, start it up (use 50/50 antifreeze) and let it idle until the engine temp is all the way up-this can take 10-15 minutes, make sure the heater is on high temp setting and the fan is on-look at the temp gauge if it has one to see if it looks normal. If all looks good, fill the tank to the FULL mark (or a hair above it) and put the tank cap on tight. Drive the car for about 10 minutes, and pay attention to the temp gauge-if it looks good, and the engine is alright, the CEL probably with either not light or will go off by itself.

It is possible you did damage driving it with a flashing CEL, however-if so look for leaks, smoke out of the exhaust, poor running/performance, or more ominous signs of trouble like air bubbles in the overflow tank, oil in the antifreeze of antifreeze in the oil-aluminum engines do NOT tolerate overheating, if you ever see a high temp gauge and/or a flashing CEL-STOP and get it checked out, you will save yourself a lot of money being prudent.

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Likely the cause is the opposite of what you are thinking. Oil in the radiator (engine oil) is caused by a blown cylinder head gasket. When that gasket fails it can overpressurize the cooling system by permitting compression from the pistons to enter. (cooling system pressure rarely is above 20psi...compression pressure is more like 150psi. That will cause the radiator tank to burst)

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I have a honda accord 1991 car is overheating engine light came on once and car doesnt overheat when i have the heater on do u think its a fan i changed the thermostat and flushed the radiator

The fan is electric. The fact that turning on the heater helps is a good indicator that the cooling system isn't sufficient but there are a lot of things to try.

The fan shouldn't come on very much, but it is easy to see if it is working OK. When the temperature gets above where it should be, open the hood and see if the fan is running. If it is, it is not the fan or the thermostatic fan switch. If it is not, the most likely cause is the fan-switch that is screwed into the bottom of the radiator. be carful when removing and replacing as the place they screw into the radiator may be plastic.

Assuming the fan does come on when the temperature is going up, the most likely cause is a radiator with poor flow,

be sure to check the simple things first. Is the coolant recovery tank at the proper level?

Are you loosing any coolant?

If coolant keeps disappearing, you either have a leak in the radiator or hoses or heater core or ... you have a bad head gasket or cracked head. A compression test will tell you if it is one these "bad" things, but do that last. A cooling system pressure test will tell you if you have a system leak, but not where it is. Do that after you check and do all the simple things, and if you are not losing any coolant, and the recovery tank is staying at the proper level, a leak is less likely. Sometimes with a blown head gasket, engine compression will force air into the cooling system. If that is what is going on, you should be able to open the coolant recovery tank when the engine is running but leave the hose that is connected to the lid down in the recovery tank coolant. Look for air bubles coming from the bottom of the hose or oil in the coolant recovery tank. If you see either of these, then head gasket or cracked head is likely.

If the fan is working and the coolant level in the recovery tank is staying where it should, the most likely cause is a plugged up radiator. Even flushing with a radiator flush may not help, and the radiator will likely need to be replaced. Replacing the radiator is not a very big job and after-market radiators are quite reasonable for a 91 civic from most autoparts stores or on-line, but if you haven't done one before, get someone to help you or at least get a repair manual.

When you flushed the radiator, did you bleed the cooling system? There is a bleed valve located near the front of the engine and toward the passenger side. It opens with a 10 mm. wrench. The valve is located at the top of the cooling system and it is to get all the trapped air out of the system after it has been opened or flushed. It helps to raise the front wheel on the passenger side, then open the valve and let all the air out. When you get a solid stream of antifreeze with no air, the system is bled.

The most important thing is don't just start replacing things. Find out what's wrong, then fix that. Otherwise you could spend a lot of money and still have the problem.

I hope it is something cheap and simple - it is more often than not.

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