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Old 06-08-2011, 09:02 PM
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Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

Hi guys/gals.....

As some of you folks know, I just got a 98 Lude not too long ago. O.k, here is the problem.

The car heater gets toooo damn hot.... even the vents get extremely hot. The problem is.... the car doesn't over heat... even when it's on idle. So, what gives? My Nissan Altima heater didn't get this hot..... and in just a couple of minutes.

I mean, i wake up at 3 am to go to work. So, I get up and I turn the car on so it can warm up... but in 2 minutes (yes, 2 minutes, I calculated this too).... the car is phucking hot. I have to roll my windows down in order for some of the heat to get out. Now, are preludes supposed to get this warm?

I just checked my coolant tank... that thing is so low. Coolant was high a month ago and it's kinda weird for it to go all the way to the bottom such a short period time. I heard you're not even supposed to fill the coolant tank til' months later, not in a month.
No leakages either....
I would appreciate the help... maybe time to replace the water pump?????

I went to Honda like 2 weeks ago, they had it checked, they said everything looked o.k., but they didn't know about the water pump n timing belt.
Shoot, i'm more worried about the tranny dying anytime soon now, now this will be another kick in the...


Appreciate some responces... thanks
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Re: Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

Where does the needle sit for the water temp?

Mine sits between the first line and the middle.

I know my prelude heater gets really hot and fast. As for the missing coolant, you could be burning up the coolant or it could be leaking somewhere you can not see.
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Re: Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

it could be a bad head gasket. check your oil for water next time you change it.
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Re: Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

thanks bros for the quick responces....

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Where does the needle sit for the water temp?

Mine sits between the first line and the middle.

I know my prelude heater gets really hot and fast. As for the missing coolant, you could be burning up the coolant or it could be leaking somewhere you can not see.
Needle sits just one line above the middle line (doesn't move from there)... i know it works too. ONE NIGHT, I had the munchies. Headed to Taco Bell for some late night junk food. I had the heater/ac completely off... it was sitting for about 15-20 mins without moving and i saw the needle creeping up. I did the normal-turn the heater on blast and needle went back to the middle. That was the only time i had a "problem".

Yeah, bro. My Lude takes 2 minutes (literally) to warm up... i mean, it's awesome cause i don't have to sit there and wait like my 2007 nissan altima (waited about 10 minutes), but i don't know if this is normal or not.

As for the coolant.... how do i know if it's burning up? what do i look for?
Well, i was checking out some youtube vids and a few say that you should do a Coolant flush every 150k. Mine has 155k. I just got it like about a month/month & 1/2 ago.
I will do the flush next week (low on cash) and hope everything is o.k.

Thanks for the response, bro

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it could be a bad head gasket. check your oil for water next time you change it.
I just did a oil change 2 weeks ago, they said oil looked o.k. Since I just bought it used and bought it from CL, I'm doing all the maintenance; oil change(done), coolant flush (next), tranny flush (after), and so on. I'll check the head gaskets tonight when I get home...
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Re: Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

could just be normal. keep it on the cold setting and see if that changes anything. mine warms up within a block of my house, but thats because i have a skunk2 radiator cap with more pressure, it warms up the car faster
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Re: Lude gets too HOT, but doesn't over heat!?!?!

Did you fans turn on before you had to turn the heater on? I would be freaking out if I seen my needle any where near the halfway mark.

You could have a clogged rad, bad thermostat, blockage?
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