Coolant System, Existing Leaks

My 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan (One month away from 9 years of ownership) has about 182,200 miles.
I have been experiencing leaks lately. I checked the radiator reserve
tank on May 26, 2007, it was empty. I checked the radiator, it was near empty too. I filled both areas, and proceeded to do some driving (on the freeway too).
When I checked the radiator reserve after letting the car cool, the reserve was at zero again. I refilled.
Also, the coolant seal was soaked with coolant. I have green stains all over the engine, probably from leaking coolant hitting the fan and the fan spreading it all over the engine where its noticed.
I checked the top hoses, the radiator cap, it all seemed ok, but there is a problem. Will I have to get a new radiator, but not a new coolant fan?
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warlock162 wrote:

Whatever you do, keep the reservoir bottle full to the -MAX- mark all the time and check the rad too. You don't want to warp your head, and if there's even the tiniest hole in the system it can prevent the reservoir from replenishing the lost coolant in the rad.
Why not wipe it all down with a damp rag and then take a look under there with a good flashlight (late evening) to see if you can spot the leaks. Hot engine would be best... Just don't remove any caps when the engine is hot.
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How often (typically) does a radiator need to be replaced?
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Whenever it's 1) internally blocked, 2) shedding its fins, or 3) leaking.
Yours may be leaking. The leak can come from the hose ends, the tanks, or the core tubes.
You're certain it's not getting blown out the rad cap?
The way to find out where the leak is coming from is to add fluorescent dye to the coolant in the rad, then run the engine until warm. The car should not actually be driven for this, just warmed up. Driving the car will result in the leaked coolant being flung all over the place, impeding discovery of the source of the leak.
Once some pressure has built up in the system, you use a black light to find where the leak is. The leak will glow under the black light as coolant is squeezed out.
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