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Old 11-07-09, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Overheating, radiator fans not working. HELP!!!

Here's the dealeo. I just picked up my first car. I bought it off the used car lot. It's a 1990 Acura Legend L 4-door v6 sedan. I test drove it at the lot, and everything seemed to be fine. But it was raining, and I was driving home, and not even a few miles from the lot, smoke (well, it turned out to be steam from the reservoir) started billowing out from under the hood and the temperature gauge was in the red in a matter of seconds. So, I flipped on my hazards, and called my parents up to bring me some water. I emptied a 2-liter bottle of water into it and still had room for almost another full bottle. I started driving again, and the temperature gauge sky-rocketed again after several seconds. I finally got it home, let it cool down, and then opened the radiator cap to fill it with water, but it was full. (Oh, and when it overheats, the reservoir has boiling water in it.) So, I then let it run idle, and sure enough, not even 3 minutes later, it was overheating again. So I turned it off, and started looking things up on the internet. I then found a few things about checking the radiator fans. So, I go back out and turn it on. The needle started rising, and the fans never came on. (Another note, I felt the upper radiator hose, and it was kind of hot and it was squishy, which I am told it is supposed to be hard...) I then came back in and looked up some more information, and there are a few things: is it the relay switch, thermostat, or fan motors? Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was the cause and how did you fix it? Please help!
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Old 11-09-09, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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start at the fan relay. no radiator hose should ever be hard. also, driving an overheating car can be devastating (i'm sure you don't want to buy an engine). turning the heat on full blast can help an overheating engine.
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Old 11-16-09, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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a similar thing happened to me but not that drastic. I noticed that the car was running hotter then normal. After looking around I noticed that the fans were not turning on. I checked the fuses and found a blown one. Changed the fuse and it been fine for the last 8 years.

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