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Painting windshield cowling and some other parts

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One thing I cant stand is when plastic parts start to fade.  One of the usual culprits is the plastic at the bottom of the windshield.  To fix this I removed the wiper arms and took the plastic out.  On this 2003 Accord this piece happens to be in two pieces for easier removal.  While I had the paint out I decided to dress up the engine intake plate a little bit.

 

 

1999 Civic engine teardown

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Well the time is finally here!  I think..   I have started to tear down the engine in the 1999 Civic.  This car hasn't run in almost 2 years due to a spun bearing in the bottom end.  I have had new pistons, rods and rings here for a while waiting to go in.  Just have to find the time to pull the block and send it away for machining.

 

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'03 Front Brake Work

On a roll from the 1992 brake work I figured I would look into a noise that has started under braking on the 2003 Accord.  As it turns out this noise was caused by lack of lubricating grease on the brake parts.  Both front brakes were the same.  Below you can see all the spots worn shiny on the caliper brackets and slides from lack of grease.  I finished the job up by spraying the calipers satin black.

'92 UCA Modification and Brake Caliper

Installed a camber kit on the 1992 Accord and had to grind some of the upper control arm to make it fit.  Only had to remove about 1/4" of material to fix the clearance issue.  Also installed a brake caliper to replace a sluggish one I found while redoing the brakes.

Rear main seal failure

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Well.. another problem with the 2003 Accord EX-L.  Rear main seal went.  My wife and I had just returned from a short trip when I noticed burning oil smell.  On investigation I found a large amount of oil all over the under body of the car.  Just by looking I diagnosed this as a bad rear main seal.. I was pretty certain.  I contacted the dealer which I had purchased the car and who had purchased a 12 month 12 thousand mile warranty in my behalf after the first transmission miss hap.  The car was picked up the same night and delivered to the dealer.  They called the next day to ask about the problem.  I told them the rear main seal had gone.  They ask why I thought this and I told them because I am sure it was damaged when the transmission was replaced.  A few hours later I get a call back.. Great news! Its only a leaking oil pan seal.  I reluctantly agreed to that being the culprit even though I didn't think it was right.  Sure enough at the end of the day I get another call.  They repaired the oil pan but the rear main seal is leaking. 

What fun!  Other then that.. I did some work to the old beater car.  The '92 got new tires on the stock wheels as well as a camber kit in the front and stand-off washers behind the rear UCA to take some negative camber out.  Shes now got 297,596 miles on the original engine and transmission.  More on this in a later blog.

Oil and spark plugs

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New plugs and an oil change in the 2003 Accord.  The old plugs did not look too worn at all but they were pretty seized in the head so I am thinking they were the original high mileage iridium plugs from the factory. Left in any longer and I am almost positive one or more would have twisted off trying to remove them so good to change them a little early and save a lot of work later.  Plus I am not one that subscribes to the 100k mile plug theory anyway.  Looks good from a maintenance standpoint but I would rather use standard copper plugs and change them every 20 - 30k.

Converted to fully synthetic motor oil as well.  Glad to find that the oil filter placement on this engine is MUCH easier to get to then on the I4 engines. In fact I didn't have to get under the car to change the oil at all.  Can do it all through the passenger side wheel well, awesome.

I also have ordered some Redline D4 ATF and a Magnefine filter which I am hoping to get replaced and installed before my trip to Indiana later this month.  I have heard really positive things about running the Redline D4 fluid in these cars as opposed to the trusty Honda Z1 which isn't looking so trusty the more I read.  I had previously converted to Valvoline ATF in the 92 Accord with good results as well.  Less friction modifiers create a more positive precise shift.  I will write an article on the change to Redline D4 and filter installation.

P.S. A few minute after I finished the above entry the Magnefine filter arrived.