On 98 Honda Accord is it normal for the radiator to go at 138,000 miles? on 1998 Honda Accord

My parents are planning to give me their 98 Honda Accord, and they just bought a new one. Yesterday when they turned on the A/C in the 98 Accord and drove it the engine temp went way above normal. Their mechanic is now replacing the radiator. Is this normal for an Accord at 138,000? Otherwise my parents have fully maintained the car. Just wondering how many more repairs are going to be needed.

by in Plainview, NY on July 05, 2012
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3 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by , July 05, 2012
It is not uncommon for a vehicle that is 14 years old to need parts replaced. Over 40,000 moving parts, anything can fail at any time. Yes even Honda's do break!
COMMENT by , July 05, 2012
Thank you for the reply - appreciate the info.
ANSWER by , August 05, 2012
When they turned on the A/C the cooling fans probably were inoperative and allowed it to overheat , causing excessive pressure in the system and the top tank to crack. Not uncommon. Make sure the fans operate as intended, or you might end up with more of a headache. Anytime the A/C compressor engages the condensor fan should kick on. Just noticed I'm a month late ....hope I was wrong!
COMMENT by , August 06, 2012
Thanks for the reply. Yes, the A/C has been working fine.
COMMENT by , August 07, 2012
Thanks for the feedback! Enjoy your Honda!
ANSWER by , August 03, 2012
Yes a radiator replacment is normal wear with that many miles.
COMMENT by , August 03, 2012
Thank you for the reply, appreciate the info.