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hello guys.. I was driving about tonight (not spirited driving) just cruising. and i Happened to check my temperature gauge which was all the way up at H.. I was at a traffic light when I saw it, there were cars behind me and it was a bit of a slope..so I drove it a tad bit further parked. When I popped the hood I realized the radiator fan wasnt working and there was high pressure steam coming out the reservoir bottle .. I waited until it cooled down, got water and refilled the radiator. Drove it home, the car started fine, and the temperature was normal since it was a highway and I'm guessing the air kept it cool enough.

now, when I parked I called my mechanic who had installed this radiator just recently, I panicked on the phone telling him I'd probably screwed something like the head gasket since I had no clue how long I'd driven with it at max temperature (anywhere between 10-15 minutes) and he snickers (which i found extremely annoying) and says "its an H22, the head gasket isnt a joke for you to screw with just one overheated drive". I thought 90% of the time the head gasket goes? also, while I was parked another guy stopped, and I said the same thing "i think i must've blown the head gasket by now" and he said the exact same thing.. "the head gasket doesnt blow on that motor so easily"

I just wanted to know where these H22's are as sturdy as my mechanic passes of? or is there a high chance i've screwed somthing. wont know till tomorrow when I get a compression test and the fan fixed..
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Re: overheated? did i cause damage driving?

yeah, do that compression test... mine almost overheated year ago when one radiator hose leaked, but it didnt cause anything to head gasket.
first overheating doesnt necessarily ruin it, but depends how old is it and have you any luck there

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is there any symptoms like fluids are mixing?

imo overheating can damage valve seals also, if the head gasket isnt gone

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Re: overheated? did i cause damage driving?

Depends if the headgasket is the original and how many miles you have on the prelude. Also depends how long you drove it like that. Was the need in the temp gauge all the way up?
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Re: overheated? did i cause damage driving?

Typically you won't do any damage like that, but yes, absolutely do a pressure test and like TypeT mentioned, look to see if there's oil in your coolant or vice-versa.
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Re: overheated? did i cause damage driving?

me too drove for 5miles twice. no problem. good luck peace.....
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