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Coolant leak and starting problem

My 2001 CRV with 130,000 miles has developed a slow coolant leak. There are no visible leaks nor any steam escaping. No sign of water in the oil either. Also, while the vehicle starts fine initially, it is almost impossible to restart after it has run a while. The vehicle had a valve job about 25,000 miles ago. I just changed the spark plugs. Other than these two issues, the car seems to be running fine. Any ideas for what could be causing this problem?

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    I have a 2001 accord leaking coolant, where? who knows. pulled the head had it tested all good, put it back on still loosing coolant. No leaks outside car showing up.

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I had the same problem on a 2002 CRV with 105,000 miles. The radiator leaks from a seam near the bottom, and drips into a tray, and most evaporates before you can notice it.

The Honda dealer had NO radiator hoses in stock, but had 175 radiators, which tells me that it is a very common problem- part. Their cost $ 405 + tax (part only).

Installed new one from NAPA for $165. It took about 2.5 hours.

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SOne possibility is a weak radiater cap, which could allow the cooant to be pused out the overflow system.

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