Re: 1996 Honda Civic, 238K Km
Two days ago I've noticed smoke coming out of the hood near the
coolant reservoir. At first I thought it is because of the cold
winter (its below freezing temperature in Ontario). Then I smell
something different and pulled over.
I found the coolant reservoir near empty and so is the radiator (as
far as I was able to see). The spongy area near the radiator top is
full of coolant and smoke is coming out from that area. I did not
notice any change in temperature gauge while driving, though.
The area of the hose connecting the radiator seems to be a suspect in
my view although there is no apparent sign of leakage. There is no
residue under the car whatsoever.
Note: Yesterday and today I drove about 100km and noticed that it cost
me about 18-20 liter of gasoline which is very very unusual on my car
as the fuel efficiency is between 6 to 10 L/100km (Summer and Winter,
I stopped driving it for now until I take it to a mechanic. I hope I
haven't damaged the engine by this time. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.