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

 

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sharedream, Plainview, NY, July 05, 2012, 09:33
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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.

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    Chevy Power July 05, 2012, 13:34
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    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!

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    sharedream, July 05, 2012, 15:26
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    Thank you for the reply - appreciate the info.

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    Daniel Son August 03, 2012, 14:04
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    Yes a radiator replacment is normal wear with that many miles.

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    sharedream, August 03, 2012, 14:29
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    Thank you for the reply, appreciate the info.

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    ziptie12 August 05, 2012, 18:13
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    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!

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    sharedream, August 06, 2012, 08:40
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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, the A/C has been working fine.

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    ziptie12, August 07, 2012, 20:44
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    Thanks for the feedback! Enjoy your Honda!

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