Honda Civic Problems

Faulty head gasket may cause oil and coolant leaks on Honda Civic

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Certain models can leak oil externally or allow coolant into the combustion chamber due to a faulty head gasket. The head gasket needs to be replaced to correct this problem.

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Average mileage: 146,660 (270–255,000)
Engines affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.7L 4 Cylinder
9 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004
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2000 EX Coupe. Not repaired, yet. Car overheated, mechanic diagnosed as head gasket failure, approx. $2000 for repair. Cheaper to get motor replaced.
Dealership didn't find problem. Took to former dealership mechanic who was third mechanic to look at it and finally diagnose and replace the head gasket. Car is running well with 138000 miles and hopefully a lot more left in it! Other than that issue, no major problems with this car. Very pleased with it!
Had to get the head gasket replaced at 270k km. Initially the shop thought it was a thermostat issue as my car was blowing cold air while the heat was on so we just replaced that but then my car continued blowing cold air while the heat was on and now the engine was over heating, they bled the line 3 times for air finally I took it somewhere else and we found out it was the head gasket that blew .
Runs hot every other day so must put coolant in rad. all the time. Nothing leaking under car but think it might be leaking on hot engine so never hits the ground. But no sign of leak under car when it's been sitting either. Crazy, huh?
Exhaust gasses leaked into cooling system causing cooling to spill out of overflow tank. Replaced head gasket. No machining was necessary.
Overheating turned out to be a blown head gasket. Cost $1200 to fix! I've heard it's common in this make/model/year.
2002 Honda Civic ex 1.7 aromatic trans. My car has the mystery coolant leak that no one can find checked all hoses no leaks must be going through exhaust .... must be blown gasket it over heats after 45 min trips loses coolant in reserve tank some times coolant overflows through reserve tank after 45 min drive on freeway Then you get off freeway and it over heats Honda is junk I'll never by one again