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93 Prelude H22 overheating

ok so i bought a prelude about a week ago and i went to go change the oil today and notcied when i was pulling into the mechanics place that there was some smoke coming out from under my hood..my temperature gauge reads halfway and stays that way..any ideas on what it could be? radiator? headgasket? coolant system? im not too savy when it comes to cars im just learning...my local honda acura specialist said he'll charge 60 bucks to find the problem and whatever he finds the 60 will go torward fixing it unless i decide to not get it done...does this sound like a pretty good deal?
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

I dont think thats a good deal, why cant he just say, I'll look at it for free and estimate it.
sounds easier than the rip off sounds like. my temp stays that way, sometimes over it. lol but i figured that problem out already, and it stays that way, I would check the radiator, any smells? or leaks?
I would see if there is coolant in the radiator.
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

It could be a lot of things imo.. How much smoke was coming up from under the hood? Did it have a certain color or odor to it? there is a possibility that you might be leaking oil from somewhere and it could be dripping onto your exhaust which would burn it and cause the smoke rising. Give your car a look over and come back and let us know
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

thanks for the input..ya the guy that change my oil said i have a small oil leak but said it was normal so i didnt think nothin of it...not too much smoke just enough to where i can notice it and it was white smoke and yes it smelled a little bit like burning oil so that might be it....ill check the radiator too
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

if its a small oil leak, it'll turn into a big problem.

what color smoke? if blue-ish, it is oil, If white usually steam.
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

im pretty sure its white but cant recall exactly like i said it was barely enought for me to notice so i couldnt tell you the exact color...ya im gonna get it checked out first thing tommorow..i dont wanna be driving it like this...thanks
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

Oil hands over the engine , manifold or somewhere where it's hot. Wash your engine :)
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LMAO!!! an oil leak is never normal. Maybe typical in old cars like ours but never normal lol. The 4th gens oil filter is in the most retarded spot known to man. As soon as you remove it, the thing drips oil right on to the exhaust lol. Happens every time i do my oil change.
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Oil hands over the engine , manifold or somewhere where it's hot. Wash your engine :)
I dont use water, I use brake cleaner and a good wipe down.
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I dont use water, I use brake cleaner and a good wipe down.
Well I use MAFRA's special engine cleaner , but I haven't wrote it down ,did I ? And no wipe for me , only the sun .
Experience from 3 years of work in car-wash .

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LMAO!!! an oil leak is never normal. Maybe typical in old cars like ours but never normal lol. The 4th gens oil filter is in the most retarded spot known to man. As soon as you remove it, the thing drips oil right on to the exhaust lol. Happens every time i do my oil change.
The only 'Normal' oil leak would be an old nylon or copper crush gasket on the drain plug, which should be replaced every 1-2 oil changes.
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

thanks guys turns out the vtec solenoid gasket (the one with the little filter in it) was way worn out and leaking oil down all the way to the exhaust..also have very small oil leak from oil pan gasket but mehanic said i can wait on that
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Re: 93 Prelude H22 overheating

re-seal it with honda-bond
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