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Ok here is the situation.....

Yesterday its about 85 degrees out, and I decide to drive to Pizza Hut For Lunch Break..... I get in the car hop on the expessway and start going about 70-75 mph..... When I just happen to look at my Temp Gauge and its on ****ing Hot..... So I let Of the Gas and the Temp Gauge Rapidly Goes Back Down To Normal Operating Temp.... So I continue Driving, and Go to a Gas station Put gas in the Car and Pop the Hood to take a Look at the Collant Container and its past the Max almost a Full Bottle.... So I go back to work with no problems.... Then After work I start Heading Home and it does it again But this time just as it gets past the half way mark I let off the gas and it goes back down to normal operating temp and stays there for the rest of the drive....

What Could this be??? I called a Couple of Acura Dealer Service Departments and they say that "Oh Man it could be a Head Gasket, a Faulty Temp Gauge, Radiator or Cooling Fans Just not working Properly..... But I have No tell tell signs of a HG no oil in coolant and No coolant in oil, no Smoke coming from the exhaust and I AM NOT LOSING ANY COOLANT AT ALL....... So What Gives here Fellas Let Me Know something....
 

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All the things the dealer said are possible. A head gasket is the worst case scenario. Many other things could cause this. Make sure your fans are running. The diagnosis of the problem is not that bad, its the cost to fix it that hurts. The big thing that you want to avoid is having them change the head gasket needlessly because they didn't determine the true cause of the problem.
 

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I'd vote head gasket. From your description it only happens under load and with you coolant bottle filling up that tells me you are blowing combustion pressure into the water jacket (not all the time, only under heavy load).
 

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Dave C ver2.0 ----- wouldn't it happen under heavy load all the time though??? because it only happens once throughout the course of driving after the car is started....
 

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I would say thermostat. Easiest and cheapest fix if it is the cause, so thats what Id start with. My Ex had the same prob on hers. Swapped it out and no problems:D
 

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To bleed air what u do is follow your top radiator hose to engine block. U will see a little nipple screw thing. turn that with car running until a light stream of fluid pours out(dont turn it too much). If it bubbles u had air in your system. If you wait till sat I can help you I will be in town. Let me know
 

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Life Sux!!!!!

Unfortunately I went to Firestone 2day and they did the pressure test and also the radiator top test for the head gasket.....

And Unfortunately I have caught the HG Bug...... If I let firestone do the job they are going to charge me $1415 , and Ray Laks is going to hit me in between $1500 and $2000 depending on how bad it is....

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKKK......
 

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Are you absolutely sure it's the head gasket? You said that you are not losing coolant and no white smoke in exhaust. How is this come about?

I had similar problem with the temperature gauge shot up to hot when in stop and go traffic. My problem was that air in the coolant system. After bleeding my system, the problem disappeared. I found this old link very helpful.

http://forums.prod.legend.org/second/msgs/17360.phtml

I suggest that you follow the instructions from the links to see if it help. I hope you don't need a new head gasket........ :)
 

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Calm down.......

Hey rawdog, I have a similar problem. Coolant disappears, no overheating or smoke or oil in coolant , nothing of that sort.

Suggest u get a second opinion.

Try Bars block sealer, get a mech to do it for u.

It seems to be working on mine. My mech said the internal leak I have is so small he wasnt even sure there was a leak. (I took it to 2 different places)

Hope everything works out.
 

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Oh fellas I forgot to say that hours B4 I went to the shop I checked the Fluid in the actual radiator and there was absolutely none In there...
 

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Same thing.......

I had to put in a lot of coolant/water after a 300 mile trip

Do not repeat do not drive when it overheats. U will do more damage than already done.

With all that coolant gone, it has to be an internal leak (head, block, head gasket etc) unless u can see it leaking somewhere.

Like I said try a block sealer (bars, k&w) before u decide to go for an expensive job
 

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vrb747 ---- how much did they charge you to put the Block sealer In???? Also WHere did you purchase the Block sealer???
 
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