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Blown engine or not?

I have a 1998 base auto prelude. so I was taking my friend home and my car starting overheating. the temp gauge kept rising up so i pulled over and turned the car off and a bunch of white smoke starts coming out the hood. I didn't think it was anything except for anti freeze overflowing and hitting the motor. I waited like 4 minutes to let it cool down a little and then i drove like 5 more miles and it started to overheat even worse and clouds of white smoke was coming from the hood again but way worse. I turned the car off and waited like 20-30 minutes and I tried starting it back up but it wouldn't do anything at all but make a little noise and all the lights in the car and outside lights kept flickering on and off. so i call my brother and he brings his truck to try and jump start it and nothing happens again. so i had him take me home and the next morning i got it towed home and now every time i get into the car all the lights flicker on and off and its causing my battery to die. is the flickering telling me that the engine is dead. sorry i don't know jack crap about cars. im so freaking hurt right now. Im about to have a kid and now I have no car & no money what so ever to even get mine fixed. I don't know what to do!!! ):
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Re: Blown engine or not?

sounds to me like your car was spewing coolant everywhere and it caused something to short out. I would check for burnt wires under the hood and go from there.
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Re: Blown engine or not?

oh and i forgot to mention that the anti freeze has been overflowing a lot way before all that happened, but the temp gauge never got hot until that day & the temp gauge wasn't fully up it was like a little over 3/4 to hot. & ive have an oil leak on the car for a month or two and the motor also burns oil.
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Re: Blown engine or not?

sounds like it made that much damage there that it would be cheaper to get another engine than start to
fix that.

try to make compression test to see are the pistons any alive there anymore

whatever the problem is one thing is sure: you need money to fix it

or then you could start to sell parts out of it?

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Re: Blown engine or not?

I understand where hall756 is coming from though, it could be a short out but then again it could be a dead engine. Do you guys know anyone with a cheap engine near Saint Louis Missouri. I'm willing to only spend like 200-300 dollars for a new engine that runs good with between 50-125 thousand miles. I'm having a kid soon and I'm like literally broke so I'm kinda screwed right now.
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Re: Blown engine or not?

can you or your friends do the job? its pretty useless to get that engine (if you even find a cheap one) if you dont have money to get it changed or skills to change it yourself
AND even if you get another engine, it would be wise to open it and check everything and replace gaskets/seals

if you dont do so, its more likely that you end up into this same situation again

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Re: Blown engine or not?

My dad can do it, but I just need to find a cheap engine.
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U wont find a cheap one that worth the work man. I can put u in contact with a couple of tulsa guys I used to run with both of whom are great guys n can easily source u a motor but ur gonna be lookin to spend atleast 1k. I mean they may find u a cheaper one too but theyll flat out tellin u ur takin a major risk. Idk how ur credit is but when my car went out 2 yrs ago I took a small personal loan to get my motor. Paid it off in a yr. BEst of luck to u and congrats on the baby. PM me for info
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Re: Blown engine or not?

Really people? How is everyone sure you blew the motor? I swear this forum can be full of Negative Nancys. Im surprised someone didnt blame the auto and tell you to swap to a 5 speed. That's the usual unhelpful advice.

If it over heated it could be lots of things, like a blown head gasket, a ruptured hose, a hole in the radiator. Dont assume the worse till you trace the location you are loosing coolant. If it was running fine then started to over heat its most likely the head gasket or a coolant line. Look around before you spend 1k on a new engine.

As for the lights flickering I would almost guarantee you shorted something out under the hood. Look at the harness on the dizzy, the alternator and the fuse box. It should be obvious where its burnt.

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Re: Blown engine or not?

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mine did the same thing on Christmas day. I walked out to my car and there was a huge puddle and fixed it today. it was just a heater core hose and I replaced my FITV and lower rad. hose.

just put some pressure to your radiator and then see if the vacuum gauge slowly drops. If so, you may need a new hose. As far as the lights flickering, I also think it just shorted something out. If your motor was blown, you would know it
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Really people? How is everyone sure you blew the motor? I swear this forum can be full of Negative Nancys. Im surprised someone didnt blame the auto and tell you to swap to a 5 speed. That's the usual unhelpful advice.

If it over heated it could be lots of things, like a blown head gasket, a ruptured hose, a hole in the radiator. Dont assume the worse till you trace the location you are loosing coolant. If it was running fine then started to over heat its most likely the head gasket or a coolant line. Look around before you spend 1k on a new engine.

As for the lights flickering I would almost guarantee you shorted something out under the hood. Look at the harness on the dizzy, the alternator and the fuse box. It should be obvious where its burnt.
if the car overheated and soon after doesnt start there is something really wrong. blown head gasket doesnt make car not to start
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^ thank you capitain obvious. One problem caused the other though. Use common sense. Hot fluids scaled the engine wires *short!* the cars got bad grounds and popped fuses. Stop talking about things you know nothing about, get a chiltons or Haynes, study how a car runs and operates. The lack of common sense is abhorrent. And I just threw up. Fact. It's people like you who spread misinformation and convince people to crush cars that need little more then 50$ in parts and some TLC. Look over your cooling system. Do a flush. Check hoses and thermostat. If you can find a problem or crack or leak move on to fixing the wires. This car might be salvageable.
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Really people? How is everyone sure you blew the motor? I swear this forum can be full of Negative Nancys. Im surprised someone didnt blame the auto and tell you to swap to a 5 speed. That's the usual unhelpful advice.

If it over heated it could be lots of things, like a blown head gasket, a ruptured hose, a hole in the radiator. Dont assume the worse till you trace the location you are loosing coolant. If it was running fine then started to over heat its most likely the head gasket or a coolant line. Look around before you spend 1k on a new engine.

As for the lights flickering I would almost guarantee you shorted something out under the hood. Look at the harness on the dizzy, the alternator and the fuse box. It should be obvious where its burnt.
Lmfao!!!!! I totally agree. Forums are only for questions like where can I get a jdm front bumper or jdm fog lights. If its a mechanical question it gets like 1 reply lol.

Anyways pull your thermostat for me and boil some water on the stove with the thermostat inside and see if it pops open. If not your problem is that and some ****ty cracked hoses
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Re: Blown engine or not?

Check the ground wire that goes from the negative battery terminal to the trans ground. A lot of times the corrode and break loose and cause the like flickering issue. As for the overheating check all hoses, make sure the radiator isnt cracked as well as any of the aluminum components to the coolant system. the engine is probably fine just do your homework.
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Re: Blown engine or not?

The thermostat could have stuck shut, which would cause your car to overheat, but when it overheated there's a possibility that the engine just locked up. From what you're saying, it sounds as though the the engine is seized and may not ever turn back over. The wiring that Honda uses is rather impervious to heat, so I doubt boiling coolant could cause anything to short out (it's designed for a hot engine bay) but the possibility still remains. If the motor really did seize then there's nothing you can really do but replace it. If it's electrical, you're in better standing but when the car kept overheating there's the chance you blew the head gasket. Replacing the head gasket isn't too difficult (it's not a task for n00bz) but you should definitely at least get the head decked (machined flat).

Long story short: It's not going to be cheap. Replacing that engine isn't too easy either.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. if i can find out whats causing the short out and fix the problem it should start. Lets hope! & if i get it to start i will have my dad replace all the gaskets, water pump, radiator, hoses, timing belt, & whatever else it might need to last longer. & if I find outs its a blown engine I will try to find a new block for a reasonable price. I'm going to try to keep my lude for as long as I can. It's my top favorite car(:

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