2003 Honda Accord sedan: A piece of the neck of radiator where the top hose attaches broke off a second time. Drove it a few blocks unknowingly. I put the hose back on, could not add fluid to the radiator, it was full at the cap. Few more blocks to auto parts. Anyway have diven it a few blocks to park, mechanic, but I let it cool down as soon as it gets up 3/4. I think there is just a piece lodged inside. Why cant i add fluid? Should I thru the top hose to see if it dislodges and fluid moves.? If it doesn’t move i know it could be water pump.
The First,highly rated (so many are, unreliable, the ratings: Yelp, which seems to copy Google. Found articles saying they are unreliable) auto shop is saying it’s head gasket , thermostat, and water pump - it’s not. anyway they are lying about a couple things (an oil leak and not saying why not able to add fluid). There was nothing wrong with any of them before the neck piece broke. It ran at its normal temp always. I didnt drive it hot long enough for damage and no liquid steaming (of course it doesnt have much in, since I could not add more after re-attaching the hose.
UInfortunately I will have had to take it to another mechanic by the time I can check answers. Other than get parts back, after spending $$, how can I know what was really wrong? Why I can’t add fluid, which SHOULD stop the overheating.
How pick a good auto shop since the ratings seemed rigged (not here, but too few ratings on this site)? sry long post. Thx for help