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Hello and thanks for your question. My name is Eddie, and I will do all I can to help.
This problem is most likely the Water Pump. When the water pump fails, it will begin to leak, and what the leak is, is probably anti-freeze.
The timing belt drives the water pump. So it would be a good idea while your getting the water pump replaced, to do the timing belt as well.
Parts and labor total on this job shouldn't be much more than 500$ at an independent shop, perhaps less if their labor rate is lower than the average.
Is it okay to drive, or should i have it towed straight to a mechanic?
If the noise is bad, and it is leaking in a steady stream, then I would suggest towing it, If you have to drive it, leave the radiator cap OFF, this will keep pressure off the system and it won't leak as bad.
I would only drive it if I had to, and if the mechanics shop was close by.
Also, if you drive it, keep a close watch on the temp gauge. make sure it doesn't get out of the normal range.
I would recommend towing however.
Would any mechanic be able to fix this issue, or should i try to find a specialized one?
Most professional shops can handle that job.
A reputable repair facility should be able to handle it, it's not a technical job.
OK. Thanks so much
Most shops are familiar with your model Honda as their are a lot of them out there.
Thank you. Let me know if you have any further questions.