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I have a 1991 acura legend that overheats and blows white smoke. black coating around tailpipe

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  • jennieloo Mar 10, 2009

    My car was overheating. I took it to one shop that did not give me any solution. The next shop said I needed a new radiator. Went and had a radiator installed at a radiator shop. Next thing you know my car dies! I had a mobile mechanic come out and tell me I had a bad radiator!!!! Took a near act of God to get the radiator shop to own up to the warranty! The mobile mechanic reinstalls the radiator and thermostat. Turns out I also need an alternator. Ok, ready to sell the car stating it needs an alternator. I charge the battery and drive it a few blocks and white smoke is pouring out. Would this be a head problem? Confused as to how to run the ad to sell it now! I want to be honest but am unsure of the exact problem and can't afford to put any more money in the car.



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Need to do head gasket job. i am getting ready to do the same to my legend in a few days. mine has the same symptoms as yours does.

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If all cylinders are good to go- check the hoses going to and from the heater core- these sometimes crack and **** in air which will create problems.

Water pumps for this vehicle are recommended from acura to change every 60000 miles so that could be your issue too.

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