as some of you guys may know, i was having some major "overheating" problems a while back and pretty much everyone suggested getting the head gasket looked at....
so i took my car down to a mechanic and after an hour of "inspecting" it the guy determined that it HAS TO BE an electrical problem. if it was really overheating the temp gauge wouldnt rise and fall that fast.... so he suggest i come back tomorrow when one of their more experienced acura tech's could take a look at it.
driving down their in the morning, the temp needle was PAST the red line for about 10 block... but when i got to the shop i popped the hood and fealt the radiator/reseviour - it was hot but IMHO not abnormal. within minutes of hearing the symtoms, and feeling the radiator, the tech guy immediatly suggest the "temp sender"; the little sensor thing that sends the temp reading to the gauge. so after waiting about 5 hours for the honda delivery guy to show up we finally get the part. the tech installs it, takes it out for a few test runs, no "overheating" at all. its fixed! while i was dring it hom... no "overheating" either!
right now it seems to be running fine... but ill update this post as i drive the car over the next few weeks. see... just a stupid $30 part can send your whole world to hell. the total cost was $75 ($30 for the part, $40 for install + initial inspection) which is MUCH better then $1400 for a HG job, that i really wasnt prepared to pay.
btw, the part is "TEMP SENDER UNIT", Part # 37750-PH2-014, Price $29.13 (here locally).