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Civic 93 delay to turn off the check light (engine doesn't start while CEL on)

Discussion in '5th Generation Honda Civic (1992-1995)' started by ElMaq, Feb 9, 2017.



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  1. SD_760

    SD_760 New Member

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    Ok. Yeah I was trying to be cautious. I got a friend coming over to help me out today so we should be able to figure it out. I was looking at the service manual and it says that thermostat opens fully at 194* and thermoswitch activates cooling fan at 196-203* so I was probably real close to the fan turning on and got scared of the smoke.. I think the thermostat I have is like 170* or something like that so the car wasn't on too much longer after I got the coolant to start flowing through. Alright I'll update with results
     
  2. SD_760

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    I left it on long enough monitoring the temp and the fans came on. It just was smokin a lil bit but the fans have cycle like 4 times now so it's all good just finding whatever small leak - I didn't have the kit for the pressure test but it seems like the radiator itself is where the leak is coming from, gonna try n get the pressure test soon. Might have to get a new radiator.

    But for all these posts I see and people with the same problem if their thermostat is not opening , BLEED the crap out of your cooling system. Take extra time with it and be patient. Thanks for the advice and help boofoo.
     
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  3. SD_760

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    Is there supposed to be a cap on this ? Bottom of radiator there's a metal outlet ? IMG_3928.JPG
     
  4. boofoo

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    Do you have an auto transmission?
     
  5. SD_760

    SD_760 New Member

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    Nah it's 5 speed. And it stopped smoking I just keep letting it run for like 20 minutes each day and it stopped ... must have been some crap just burning off? I'm gonna check it again tomorrow , test drive and idle test again
     
  6. SD_760

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    Quick question, about how long does it take for the ecu to be ready to smog for these cars? The car was dead with no battery for a long time and after all the repairs I need to smog it now. I'm very familiar with sniffing OBD2 cars but not these obd1, should it be ready to smog or will I have to drive it for a while?
     


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