Engine Cooling System Problems of Honda Civic - part 1

Honda Civic owners have reported 54 problems related to engine cooling system (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Honda Civic based on all problems reported for the Civic.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 1
Failure Date: 06/28/2017

The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While the contact's husband was driving approximately 25 mph or less, the vehicle emitted a strange odor in the vehicle. The driver was able to see liquid coming from the vehicle while driving. The contact pulled the vehicle over and it was towed to the certified mechanic who diagnosed that the vehicle was leaking anti-freeze from a fractured engine block. The certified mechanic stated that the engine block or engine needed to be replaced. The certified mechanic referred the contact to the dealer due to the relation to manufacturer communication number: 10056874 (engine and engine cooling). The bailey Honda dealer confirmed the diagnosis and its relation to the manufacturer communication number: 10056874 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and provided case number: 06115822. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 2
Failure Date: 12/17/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated continuously until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the engine was cracked . The vehicle was not repaired. There was a technical service bulletin associated with NHTSA action number 10030876 (engine and engine cooling:engine). The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. Js.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 3
Failure Date: 10/04/2012

Texas - was traveling down highway when car suddenly felt like a tire was going down. Quickly exited and car died as the temperature gauge showed vehicle was hot. Had no prior warning indication engine was hot. This total incident suddenly occurred and ended in less than 1 minute. Had vehicle towed to mechanic who maintains vehicle on a regular basis. Mechanic advised that engine was completely gone due to cracked block which also blew the head. Mechanic further advised that Honda had technical service bulletins reference this vehicle model with engine and cooling problems and had extended warranty for this problem. Vehicle was towed to local Honda dealer and Honda is replacing the whole engine because of this problem at no further cost to me. Very happy with my dealership.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 4
Failure Date: 08/13/2011

Air conditioner was blowing only hot air. Had to have the condenser replaced. Took the dealer 90 mintues to locate the issue. Was unsure what caused it but perhaps a pebble. Not covered under warranty. Dealer said this happens quite a bit. I believe it's a flaw in the design and protection of this part.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 5
Failure Date: 03/28/2011

My '06 Honda Civic has had the same air conditioning problem twice already. The 1st time this happened (summer of '09) the dealership said that a pebble hit the (apparently extremely fragile) condenser unit, causing a leak. They said it was caused by road debris, so they would not cover it under warranty. They wanted to charge me over $1300 to fix this problem (the first time). I did some research and found tons of these cases with Honda vehicles. Apparently the condenser is not properly protected against debris like it should be. This is going to continue to happen over and over again unless Honda has a recall to fix the problem. When I spoke to Honda America, they likened the failure to a chipped windshield. During common, everyday, freeway driving, the damage should not be considered in the same category as a chipped windshield. The windshield is a protective device, and therefore deflecting pebbles and other road hazards is exactly what it's designed for. This is a design flaw, plain and simple. Imagine, pebbles actually hitting a moving vehicle a few inches off the ground--as if that's avoidable! my question is, did Honda forget that people tend to use their cars on roads?? or did they simply forget what roads are made of? I could go to Honda's service dept tomorrow and have the damn thing fixed, drive away and the same problem could happen at any time. As for my current problem, I noticed sometime in late March of 2011 that my a/c, yet again, no longer works for the same reason previously stated. I've been out of work for almost 2 years and I can't afford to fix this on my own. I already paid out of pocket for the repair the 1st time. I cannot do it again. I live in California and the temperature is on the rise, and with summer around the corner it will only get worse. I can't go to interviews drenched in sweat. No one is gonna hire the sweaty chick with windblown hair! please help!!.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Honda Civic 6
Failure Date: 01/05/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 55 mph when the air conditioner stop working and then stalled. The check engine lamp was also illuminated and the contact noticed that the vehicle was overheating. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the engine cylinder block was cracked and as a result, the cooling was leaking. The manufacturer was contacted who offered to pay for a portion of the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 58,878.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 7
Failure Date: 01/03/2011

Yesterday 01/03/11 I was told by a repair specialist from the mission valley Honda dealership in san diego CA that my 2006 Honda Civic ex with approximately 50,000 miles has a cracked engine block. I've done internet research and it appears there are thousands of others that have had this same exact issue with their Honda Civics years 2006 thru 2008. This is a major issue and safety concern! my wife drives this car around with our 4 month year old daughter. Now, I'll be driving it as I'm not feeling safe about her driving it. The dealership is replacing the engine for free but they are not giving me a rental car as they state they don't have any. What a bunch of crap Honda is giving us consumers with these defective cars. Where's the quality we've come to expect and admired! I doubt I'll buy Honda again after this horrible experience.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Honda Civic 8
Failure Date: 09/05/2010

I have a 2008 Honda Civic ex. Around 70,000 miles my engine overheated on the highway. Upon further inspection there was radiator coolant leak from underneath my car. The Honda dealers stated there was a crack on the engine block. I investigated this matter on the internet and there were numerous complaints of cracked engine blocks on the 2008 Honda Civic. Due to numerous complaints Honda extended the powertrain warranty to 8 yrs for unlimited miles. There is currently no recall but there should be in my opinion. Also I have replaced all four tires on my 2008 Honda Civic twice in about 70,000 miles due to uneven wear (inner flat areas on the tires) even with tire rotations and alignments. There are also numerous complaints about extreme uneven tire wear on the internet.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Honda Civic 9
Failure Date: 08/03/2010

The air conditioner on my 2003 Honda Civic si stopped working suddenly after a loud breaking sound came out of the car. I took it to the Honda dealership and the diagnosis is that the compressor exploded and caused metal shaving to go into the entire air conditioner system. The dealership has told me that the air conditioner system will need to be totally replaced. The estimate for the work is $2600. 00.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 10
Failure Date: 08/03/2010

Air conditionong condenser is prone to damage because of location under vehicle. This leads to an expensive repair bill not covered under warranty. Small road debris from front tires hit condenser and it has subsequently stopped working.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 11
Failure Date: 07/30/2010

2007 Honda Civic ex faulty ac condenser. Stopped working abruptly. Dealer told me before looking at it that it was a rock that had put a hole in it. Indicated they had seen numerous condensers on 2007 Honda models that this had happened. They would not replace it, even with it under warranty since they determined it to be a rock that caused this small hole. I followed up on internet and saw that there have been hundreds of other Honda owners with this same problem and Honda refuses to do anything to help. This is absolutely a defective make in this vehicle. Honda does not want to assume any responsibility for this problem that should be covered under warranty. A car 3 years old should not have this happening to it. I have maintained this car with all service agreements and maintenance records.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2010 Honda Civic 12
Failure Date: 07/30/2010

During my daughter's 5-hr drive to college in her 2010 Honda Civic (~ 3500 miles on it), the car's a/c abruptly quit working. After checking over the internal controls to make sure she didn't have a wrong setting, she took the vehicle to a Honda dealership for inspection and found that the condenser had a hole in it apparently from a foreign object (rock). Upon further internet research, I discovered this situation was not a rare occurrence. There are hundreds if not thousands of complaints listed on the internet of this exact same problem. I contacted both american Honda as well as the dealership where the car was purchased and was told that Honda would not cover this under warranty. The issue is design or material workmanship related, not an "act of god" or unlucky circumstance. The condenser is not well protected as in other competitive vehicles, so it is more prone to this issue. Other people discussing this issue on an internet "forum" are finding creative ways to protect the condenser with a wire "netting" because they know that just by replacing the condenser does not fix the root cause. Since this is not a safety issue, Honda is most likely not going to address this in a responsible manner. At this point, I'll have to ask my insurance to get involved and pay the deductible and potentially have my insurance rates increase if this re-occurs. We will have a "local" Honda dealership replace the condenser and associated parts. My objective here is to let more people know that Honda has an issue with this design/condenser material in the hopes that they will address it.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Honda Civic 13
Failure Date: 07/26/2010

I have a 2008 Honda Civic with a little over 20,000 miles. Initial symptom was a/c fan would shut it's self off and on. Dealer replaced a part in the fan motor. Less than two weeks later it began again. Then on a Sunday the a/c began to work intermittently. I took it to the dealer the next day and said that I noticed when at high speed a/c stops working but works at low speed when exiting highway. Dealer said there was a service bulletin and ran a couple of software updates and said it was working again. When I picked up the car the problem recurred and I returned it to the dealer same day. This time the dealer determined it was a cracked block. They said it was a known problem with the coolant system and if I had continued to drive the car it would have overheated and I would have been on the side of the road. The dealership was very helpful and gave me a car to drive while mine was being repaired. They said that the new block will continue to be covered under the drive train warranty. My concern is that if this is a design flaw and a known issue, it may happen again and I will be on the side of the road possibly without warranty coverage.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 14
Failure Date: 07/06/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the ecm in the vehicle was defective which made it difficult for the vehicle to start. The dealer stated that NHTSA recall campaign id number, 01v329000 engine and engine cooling was related to the failure; yet, his VIN was not included. The owner believed that this is a safety issue and the VIN should be included in the recall. The current and failure mileages were 114,000. Updated 11/03/10. The consumer was informed that a bulletin had been issue for that same problem he experienced regarding the pcm. However, his VIN was not included. Updated 11/04/10.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2009 Honda Civic 15
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

A rock came through the grille of a 2009 Honda Civic damaging the a/c condenser. The vehicle is still under warranty but it is not covered because the rock caused the damage. According to the dealer they see this all the time. A simple search on the internet brings up lots of links for this exact problem for Honda, and very few for other car makers. Apparently they changed the grille design on the odyssey to lessen the chances of a rocks coming through the grills. To me it appears to be a design flaw.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Honda Civic 16
Failure Date: 06/11/2010

2003 Honda Civic ex. No heat in winter. Overheats in summer. Coolant overflows through reservoir. Several others with this same problem. Its not the water pump, radiator, thermostat, or lines. Honda must fix this problem.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 17
Failure Date: 06/10/2010

2006 Honda Civic engine with 75000 miles has crack in engine block. Car has been maintained properly; crack discovered by dealer during course of oil change; no indication of how long the block has been cracked since no odor, no discernible coolant leak, or other obvious indication of leaking coolant. Attempting to deal with Honda of America to agree to pay for cost of repair. This is a manufacturing defect.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Honda Civic 18
Failure Date: 05/11/2010

My air condition just died , its not a fuse , might be electrical , my mechanic says even after 7yrs it should not have died. Driving around in 95 degree weather , lots of rain with no defrost either. Wipers work, need help to fix this problem -expensive if its a sensor?do not know the problem at all.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2010 Honda Civic 19
Failure Date: 04/26/2010

My 2008 Civic ex l condenser was damaged by a road side debris/stone. I took it to my Honda dealer and was informed this is not covered under warranty the to repair would be $725. 00 or I could take it to my insurance company see if they will cover the cost. However, I called Honda canada since they are so many complaints on the same issue [ design flaw ]. Honda canada gave me same song and dance the dealer gave me and admitting it is a design flaw. This is our 7th Honda product but I will not go back to Honda any more. I am extremely disappointed with answers I got from the dealership and Honda canada.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Honda Civic 20
Failure Date: 03/11/2010

A/c failure in 2008 Honda Civic. Dealer claims rock hit a/c condenser and punctured so coolant ran out. No warranty service available. Suggested my insurance might cover. Searched online and found many others with same issue, exact same diagnosis. Seems to be design flaw where condenser exposed with no protective grill. Or condenser made of faulty material and somehow failing with no rock involved at all. Strange to see so many people with same diagnosis and Honda doing nothing about it. At minimum, Honda should recall to install protective shield for a/c condenser. Instead, they'd rather charge $600+ to keep repairing them. Instead of a recall / bad publicity / cost to Honda, they'd rather keep riding this cash cow. What a win for Honda!.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 21
Failure Date: 03/05/2010

My Honda Civic 2007 got overheated after driving about 7 minutes from home on my way to work early morning. Never seen any visible leaks on the driveway. The maintenance on the car is always up to date and most of the time is done by the dealer where I bought the car from. After I brought the car to the dealer to be diagnosed, the dealer told me that the car has porous leak on the engine block caused by a defect when the casting of the engine took place at Honda's manufacturing plant. This porous leak caused the engine block to crack and lose coolant and eventually overheat the car. The dealer recommended me to replace the whole engine. The dealer even faxed me the service bulletin from Honda regarding this particular problem. The car currently has about 90,000 miles on it. Since the car has passed the warranty period of 60,000 miles or 3 years whichever comes first, the dealer would not cover the repair and advised me to call american Honda. After calling american Honda customer service center and telling them about the problem, they refused to replace the engine and insisted that it was not caused by a defective engine instead it was totally my fault for letting the car overheated. I tried to call Honda customer service about three times with no results whatsoever. They kept saying that there is nothing they can do due to high mileage that the car has.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 22
Failure Date: 02/07/2010

It could be serious accident on the highway, and I could be dead, too. But Honda doesn't give me a good response for this case. I purchased this car 35 months ago, and the current mileage is 68,000 miles. I have had this car serviced since purchase by Honda of decatur as recommended by the owners manual. I had the car serviced the first week of February with a type b service. The dealer personnel didn't mention any maintenance issues with the drive train after this service. On February 9, 2010 I notice an unusual sweet smell as I drove my car to the airport. Because I was traveling on business, I had to leave the car and pick it up on February 11th. Shortly after returning on February 11, 2010 the temperature gauge showed the engine was overheating and some smoke came out. I immediately pulled over and turned the car off. I had the car towed to the Honda dealer in huntsville, al which was the nearest dealership. After the car was examined I was told by the dealer's service advisor that there is a crack in engine block. At this time they have not been able to identify a cause for this crack. As I explained above the car was recently serviced and the anti-freeze should have prevented freeze damage. The dealer has estimated the repair will cost $3,500-$3,700 and because of the mileage they indicate that Honda of huntsville will not able to submit a warranty claim on my behalf.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2008 Honda Civic 23
Failure Date: 01/31/2010

Coolant leak - I have about 32,000 miles on the car - still under warranty. I noticed coolant leak from engine block . Took car to Honda dealer - they were aware of the problem and are going to correct it. There were no recalls for this failure.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2004 Honda Civic 24
Failure Date: 01/10/2010

2004 Honda Civic lx sedan 60,300 miles, used certified vehicle bought from howard cooper dealership in ann arbor mi. Engine did overheat at idle, 1/2 quart of coolant spilled on the floor of my garage. Coolant levels were topped after event, at radiator and bottle with 1/'2 qt of coolant. Vehicle was inspected at dealership, cylinder head gasket damaged, perhaps head damaged as well. Dealership was unable to tell me what was the cause of this event. Sufficient coolant was present at failure. Cause of overheat unknown. Was it the thermostat, the water pump, the cooling fan. . ? no service light or dummy overheat light ever came on. No bcm history codes appear to exist related to overheating according to the dealership. It is strange that a car can cook itself just like that, with coolant in it. I have done extensive web research and I find several complaints of similar related cooling system mishaps, on Honda Civics. My personal opinion is that this deserves some investigation. I find it odd that no definite answers are offered by the dealer on what went wrong. No history codes? is there a diagnostic fault signal from the temperature sensor, fan motor, water pump etc to the bcm? will (should) such signals set a code? very strange. I was being charged $1400 for the repair, but there is a chance that the warranty might pick up the cost. I don't know this for sure yet since analysis of parts is been done at the dealership. I am sorry, excuse me but I smell a rat here. It was like pulling teeth to get the dealer to look deeper into this matter. I had to write a letter to the general manager of this dealership to get some real attention on this. Come on, there is something wrong here. Updated 02/01/10.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2009 Honda Civic 25
Failure Date: 12/18/2009

Within a month of purchasing a 2009 Honda Civic in November 2009, my ac stopped working. I took my car to the Honda dealership and was told that a rock hit my ac condenser. I was told that I would have to pay 700 dollars to fix it. While doing some research, I found out that this has happened to plenty of other Honda owners. I went back to the dealership and told them about the plenty of other Honda owners who suffered the same problem. I was still told that I would have to pay for it. When plenty of people have suffered the same problem, there is obviously a design flaw and we should not be punished for it and have to pay 700 dollars to fix it. I have been trying to fix this for about a year and a half.


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