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My 1996 honda civic ex overheated this afternoon. I noticed smoke coming out of the hood on the passenger side. I got off of the highway to find a service station but when I stopped at a light the check engine light came on and it began smoking more. I pulled over into a parking lot. When I opened the hood, I saw that there was coolant around the radiator and some was on the ground directly below the radiator 9on the passenger side. I had AAA tow it and somebody is looking at it tomorrow but i wanted your opinion as to how serious it may be. I did not hear any squealing sound when it happened, just the smoke and then check engine light. Also the temperature was at it's highest. thank you

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I would check all my hoses, top and bottom radiator hose, and all heater hoses.. check for breaks. Check all clamp connections on hoses. I think this may be just a worn hose that busted. This would not be serious nor expensive. The smoke was probably steam from the overheated coolant. If you stopped it when the light came on ,there should be no additional damage.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • mindy_ravill Mar 26, 2011

    They actually said it was a switch failure which caused it to overheat which then resulted in the seal popping off so now I need a new radiator, switch and thermostat. Which comes to $632 :(
    thanks for your input

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