My money pit 6G Accord might still be rotting away, but I have one less hoopajooped riding lawn mower! Wrenching is wrenching, right?
If you're feeling inspired to rip a transaxle at the junk yard and repair an ailing mower, get ready for a fight.
2x socket wrench (1/2" ratchet and 1/2" breaker would be a good idea)
2x 1/2" deep sockets
2x 9/16" sockets (deep optional)
7/16" box end
9/16" box end (optional, but helpful)
As many jacking tools as possible!
No photo because it's after midnight and I parked like 10 feet away from the garage door, but I installed some new fangled LED headlights and now I have a fully functional headlight arrangement on the Caliber. YAY.
Well...I assume it's fully functional. Both headlights produce light in low and high beam mode. Should pass inspection, in any event.
NEXT PROJECT: Head unit.
Finished my TIPM bypass harness for the headlights. It draws signal from both sides and sends power to both bulbs using the same wire for each beam.
Naturally, it doesn't work. Apparently the driver's side bulb is just screwed up somehow. Freaking amazing.
At least I won't have to worry about LED flicker.
Caliber was throwin' a bit of a fit last night, so I decided to reward its hard efforts with some new spark plugs. Of course, I don't love it that much, so it got house brand ORLY plugs that cost less than $10 for the whole set.
A noticeable improvement. I suppose I'll have to check fuel economy again.
Quit trying to save money by downsizing your wipers. Stupidest thing ever. You (maybe) buy them once a year and might save the value of a pack of cigs. Stop it. Just changed the wipers on the Caliber (finally) and couldn't help buy notice that the ones that were on it were, of course, smaller than it calls for. Pretty sure this has been the case every time I've changed wipers on a car that I didn't already
Finally got the chance to determine my fuel economy. Took me keeping two receipts to do it since I kept forgetting to check, but whatever. 2.0L four banger with CVT. Mix of short highway stints and in-town driving. Almost exclusively cruise control managed. As little speeding as humanly possible. 24 MPG. This is street racing a Honda territory. Really awful.
Cannot stress enough how great it is to buy tires from a Ford dealership. Having a GOOD set of tires makes so much difference on a vehicle, yet that tends to be a point of neglect for most vehicles. If you can't afford to buy a full set straight up, finance them. Don't buy Walmart tires. It's such an improvement to have four matching tires that don't weeble-wobble and make crap loads of road noise.
Been driving the Caliber for less than a week. Put roughly 100 miles on the Caliber today. So far, an absolute joy. I do get the feeling that there's simply something about driving a slushbox that I don't understand, but the wimpy 2.0L and CVT are quite comfortable for the likes of me. Low end torque is rubbish like your typical old school Honda, but things like achieving passing speed is surprisingly quick. I haven't studied the gear ratio
Gotta say. My quest to get a new daily was only successful because people hate CVTs so much. Depreciation on CVT equipped vehicles is hilarious. If you're like me and can't stand driving an automatic because the gas pedal feels disgusting, try a CVT. You might be shocked.
My F23A1 has died a death much quicker than expected. The rear main seal and the piston rings have effectively completely failed. Just used a quart of oil in 45 miles (15W-40!). So for the millionth year in a row, the Cool 90s Accord will be taking a sabbatical having suffered yet another 6 months of grueling daily driving. Time to get a backup car so I can deliberately throw a rod on the world's least reliable F23A1.
Always a great week when you have to work on your car every evening. Not. Of course, my oil filter relocation kit leaked like hell and had to be removed. Despite giving it all it'd suffer, it was pissing oil out of the ORB fittings on the adapter plate, of all things. Yet another classic waste of my money and time. Now I get to buy and install a sandwich adapter because I spent $200 on a gauge with
Complete oil change to Mobil brand 15W-40 dino-sludge because it was on sale at Walmart. Also added an entire V8 bottle of engine restore. Installed the oil filter relocation portion of a Rev9Cooler 19 row cooler kit (didn't use the radiator) which I had from another project. Now running a K&N HP-4001 which puts me at somewhere over 5.5 quarts of oil in the entire system. Oil pressure is substantial with this setup. Never seen below 38 PSI. That's
Rebuilt the PCV system yet again and it finally idles properly. Yay! I'm not sure if that valve cover filter will hold up to being less than a playing card away from the strut bar, but it sure looks cool. A wonderful amalgamation of American hot rodding and 90s ricer garbage.
I had the brilliant idea today that if I introduced a vacuum leak, the engine would increase idle speed enough to not stall. Sure enough, I yoinked my vacuum gauge line and it settled in nicely at roughly 1050 rpm. Came home and restored the stock PCV behavior and it works again. This seems entirely obviously, except I'm pretty sure that I've had idle stall issues since long before I attempted PCV delete. Eh, whatever. It works. If
Had some work done on the Cool 90s Accord. She now has braided steel brake lines, DOT 5.1 brake fluid, and no exhaust leaks. Sounds much better now with all the extracurricular exhaust noises fixed. Compression test revealed that the rings on cylinders 2 and 3 are fried. 185-120-120-185. So basically, I make 12WHP over stock with a trashed engine. Shout out to Modified by KC. Now if you don't mind, the best Honda Accord on Wheelwell
Automotive vanity and automotive health. Two things that consume all of my money. In the health department... Added 15W-40 last week. Car sounds healthy and doesn't appear to be burning it off. Good enough for the F20B5, good enough for the F23A1. I seem to have somewhat cured the low idle until stall issue mechanically. Just loosened the idle air screw. Not ideal, but it'll do until I can get enough stuff together for the car
First the bad news: Car stalled out three times today despite swapping out the entire fuel rail. Spark issue? Jeez, I hope not. Dunno. Dumped in a bottle of that new fangled Chevron cleaner and another 13 gallons of gas on top of it. Car really didn't want to idle after that. Maybe the cleaner will do something...we'll see. I can't afford to keep chucking gauges on the car at the rate that I need them, and definitely
I've been very busy ricing out the Accord recently. Saturday was no different. Decided I would take a chance on trying to swap out the stock brake booster vacuum line with a custom silicone hose arrangement. The stock hose has an integrated check valve, so I had to work that out. Luckily, I already had this aluminum 1/2" check valve available. So how does it work? Dramatic improvement. If I wanted to, I could probably lock up the
Wasn't very fun, but the Cool 90s Accord is now super legit what with its AEM fuel rail, pressure sender, and pressure regulator. There's still something or other going on with it, but it's much better than it was, and at least I know one more thing that isn't wrong. Also, having this big honking fuel rail makes my ticking fuel injector even louder. I'd love to know the duty cycle my injectors are reaching on the current tune.
Put Yokohama AVID Touring-S 205/65-R15s on the Cool 90s Accord. Holy crap it's so much better. Handles and rides completely different. Also, having a full-size spare eliminates so much road noise.
This is the tire that the four banger 6G Accord wants and needs.
Good idea: Adding an oil catch can to mitigate issues caused by excessive blow-by.
Bad idea: Forgetting to check if you actually have any clearance for an oil catch can before you purchase it.
Oh well. Good opportunity to recycle resources from old projects. No plumbing for now as I need a vacuum scavenger oil cap first.