Hello! Hope you are all well!
Just reaching out to see if there is anyone out there could provide insight.
I have a 1999 Honda Civic that I absolutely love. I am less then 400 miles til I reach 200,000 miles and I have had the following replaced:
-exhaust and manifold
-belts-- fan, air conditioning, power steering, timing (twice)
-right and left front bearings
-front and rear struts
-water pump (twice)
-all new hoses
-Car has been up to date with oil changes, fluid maintenance, tires and other little maintenance.
Last month, I took my car into the local Honda dealer for an oil change. The service manager called to say the mechanic found that the coolant was a dark brown color and that was an indicator of a possible bad head gasket.
Prior to this, there was no indication that the car was having problems- especially head gasket problems. The car isn’t eminating white smoke from the tailpipe and the only time I had ever had the temperature gauge reach hot was when I was stuck in traffic during a huge snow storm December 2010.
My husband and I decided to create a base line. He took out the coolant tank and purchased a new one. He completely flushed the radiator and the engine with distilled water- he did this three times. He then filled the pump up with brand new coolant and we monitored it to see if any oil crept back in. To this date, a month later, there has been no oil in the coolant. I had the coolant flushed January 2010 (not by Honda) but now my husband seriously doubts that it was done correctly or at all. At this point, we don’t know.
After my car came back from the oil change, I did start to see that when I am in traffic, the temperature gauge will rise up to hot again but once I start to drive, it settles to normal.
Will I need a new head gasket? How will I know? The Honda service manager is telling me that without taking apart the head gasket, there is no way of knowing for sure. My car is still running great so I have no idea what is going on.
Any information/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!