I have a '93 Civic DX hatchback.
For the rest of you with similar cars, have you too noticed that the temperature gauge seems to be off ?
My guage works. As the engine warms up, the guage moves upward as well.
The problem is that I have never seen it cross the halfway mark.
I even did some stupid experimenting once in 98* - 100* weather. Just to see if I could get the guage to move past the halfway mark, I completely closed off the entire grill. I then drove for around ten or so miles.
I could feel the heat from inside the car and the metal part on the shifter was scorching hot.( my car is actually an automatic )
I could smell antifreeze as well.
Pretty stupid yes I know ......... BUT the guage never moved past the halfway mark.
So a question for all of you - has even one of you ever seen your guage move past the halfway mark ?
I'm curious because I know that Honda fuel gauges are laughably innacurate.
That's what it is supposed to do. My CRX and my Integra move up to about 1/3 the way (where the thermostat opens and attempts to keep it at this temperature). In bumper to bumper traffic, the temp gauge will move a tiny bit higher until the fans come on. When it was 110 degrees here in So Cal a few weeks ago, both cars did the same thing. There's enough cooling capacity in the radiators to keep the temp here.
It's when it does go above the 1/2 way mark that you need to check to see what's wrong.
I'm not a civic owner but can tell you what i have found out. my temp gauage stays right in middle and on scanguage temp shows 180-190. the few time i've got caught in traffic the temp on sg went to 220 and dash guage was still same place!