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enter image description herestill keeps running hot it had been in the shop 4 times with it over heating and the mechanic said this Honda makes it look like he knows nothing about cars.. but changed everything out on it.. the hand will go all the way up to the H also.. but sometimes when I stop at a red light it will go up but when I start to go it will go back down some..

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Unfortunately, I'd like to tell you it's probably the head gasket which is at fault. I have an '03 Civic LX with the D17A1 engine just like yours (well had, it now has a JDM D17A2 in it). As long as I kept the coolant up to level in the radiator, it wouldn't do what you're talking about. Drive it two days, level goes down, acts just like what you're saying. Two things: bleed the system correctly. Air in the system causes what you're describing. Second, head gasket was the only fix. This is a common issue for the D17A1 engine. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Oct 4 '18 at 16:15
  • Now it did have a crack in the head but they fixed it – Janice Oct 4 '18 at 21:40
  • The motor is a 1. 7 – Janice Oct 4 '18 at 21:40
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sounds like your fan isn't running. It gets air flow when you are moving so it runs cooler.

  • The fans kicks on just fine so I know it not that just had fan switch put on it – Janice Oct 4 '18 at 15:27
  • was that "fan switch" put on before the problem or after? If you have a new issue, always suspect whatever the last fix was. Anyway, even if the fan switch is new, it still points to the fan not always being on. I would thoroughly check connectors and grounding as an intermittent problem points to a loose wire. To be thorough though, did you check your water level? Probably the best check to do though would be put a thermometer in the water. It may not actually be overheating. You could simply have a bad temp sending unit. – John Lord Oct 4 '18 at 18:02

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