My 2007 Fit has had trouble starting for a while – ok, for years – but it’s gotten worse. Here are the symptoms:
- When I start it, I have to keep my foot on the gas for many minutes until it warms up. After that it runs ok (a bit rough).
- The dashboard never displays a “cold” indicator anymore, even when it is genuinely freezing and the engine is cold.
- After a few minutes drive, it starts blinking “H”, and after that it sometimes blinks and sometimes stays steady, but it always claims to be hot.
- There is no other indication that it is overheating (but I haven’t driven it more than ~10 miles).
- All the fluids are fine.
My theory: Because it never displays “C” and almost always displays “H”, and because of the starting problem, I believe that one (or both?) of the coolant temp sensors is shot. Therefore, I can… ignore the hot indicator?
My dilemma: I just picked it up today after being away for nearly a year (I was abroad; it has been started occasionally but not driven while I was gone). I really, really need to drive back home about 5-6 hours in the next day or two. If the problem is just a coolant temp sensor, I believe it may run lousy (wrong mix, etc) but shouldn’t be damaged. But if I’m wrong and it overheats, of course, I could wreck it.
I’m considering trying to get the CTS replaced immediately (if possible), but it would be much (much!) easier to get it worked on after I get back.
Am I right that it’s the CTS (or both CTSs?) and I can drive it? Is there another way to track the temp so I can reassure myself it’s not heating? Or should I bring it in immediately and see if I can get the CTS replaced?
thanks for any advice!