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Sep 04, 2001 (8:31 am)
I have recently bought a 1990 nissan maxima, love it. But the car needs some repair to the rear quarter panels. both sides were hit left rust and such any ideas as to how to make it smooth with out going to a body shop? Also there is a button under the ash tray I beleive it is for the transmission any ideas? any body ever have the problem of having the car running and in park with your foot on the brake a clicking noise from the shift knob _automatic)
please email me at jbucohotmail.com
don't get to check this board often
thank you in advance:)
#375 of 4180 Maxima waxing tips?
Sep 04, 2001 (4:44 pm)
Hi... I have a 6 mos old 2K1 Maxima SE sterling silver mist. I'm in NY so winter is coming and I have to start thinking about waxing. My worry is I've seen newly waxed cars and on the light you see the swirl marks and uneven buffering. Does anyone have any suggestion or tips as to how you wax your max without losing that perfect new car look? Thanks.
#376 of 4180 Two words on Wax
Sep 05, 2001 (9:55 am)
Clay Bar before glazing. New cars often have rail dust that scratches the surface. It takes a clay bar to remove it. I've used Meguiars, Mothers and Erazer clay bar systems. They are all good. Prefer Erazer.
#377 of 4180 Maxima Waxing Tips
Sep 07, 2001 (10:14 am)
I don't have any waxing tips for you, but I do
recall that you were once having starting problems with your Max. Is that still happening? I also have a sterling mist 2001 (GXE) and live in New York. If you want to compare notes without tying up this board, write me at lucy1213excite.com.
Sep 07, 2001 (11:24 am)
There is a lot of debate on waxes. Since you live in New York I would consider one of the more durable waxes. Carnauba looks great, but I don't think it will last through your tough winters. I don't think you have warm days in February where you can rewax. These durable waxes use various polymeres and acrylics and come in 2 varieties.
Paste waxes with durability additives like Collinite, and 3M Paste wax with ASE. Use glaze like Meguiar's #7 Show Car Glaze, or 3M Imperial Hand Glaze as a prep coat. Use a soft foam pad if applied by machine like Meguiars. A harder foam pad with a terry cloth bonnet will have a slight tendency to produce swirl marks. These waxes are very forgiving. Easy to apply and give incredible depth to the shine if directions are followed.
I recently put 3M Perfect-It Show Car wax after applying a coat of glaze and it truly lives up to it's name. I felt like Erkle (Did I do that??) I found that it applied equally well by machine, or by hand. It looks as good as a Natural Carnauba. I will be putting on another coat in a couple of weeks. I like the extra layer of protection. IT is supposed to last at least 6 months.
The second type are the acrylic polymers (the actual names vary widely). The most common high quality types on forums I've seen are Liquid Glass, Klasse, and Zaino. Less expensive ones are TR3, TR5, and Nufinish. I have tried these and while they looked pretty good and seemed fairly durable, then didn't match the 3M or Meguiar's Hard Yellow #26 finish.
Polymers are more durable, but often don't have the depth of shine. I've consistently read that they don't fill in scratches as well as natural waxes. (3M filled in scratches very well on my 11 year old car.) I understand that Klasse is the exception to this. Zaino frankly is too expensive and complicated to use. It can be unforgiving.
Hope this helps sort out a complicated issue.
#379 of 4180 more waxing
Sep 08, 2001 (7:57 pm)
If only because of his name, I would have to defer to mrdetailer, even though I don't know him personally, but I have been using Zaino successfully on my Maxima since it was new. I must respectfully disagree with him, though, because Zaino is neither complicated to use nor at all unforgiving, IMHO. As to cost, that's another debate item. I see Zaino as economical because it lasts so very long.
There is a Townhall forum about waxes, and another solely for Zaino. Check them out and make your own decision
#380 of 4180 mrdetailer - Zaino too expensive and complicated to use
Sep 10, 2001 (9:03 am)
A question for mrdetailer. I just bought it, but haven't used it yet. Their instructions seem fairly straight forward. You say Zaino is complicated to use - what do you mean by this?
By the way I haven't waxed a car previously; this will be my first time, so I am a little cautious.
#381 of 4180 '01 SE motor mount problem?
Sep 10, 2001 (8:24 pm)
I posted a note (#2892)on the Maxima board on 9/7. I went back to the servis dept. today & here is what I found out. The service guy & me took out a 2001 SE for a little ride around the lot. This was an unsold unit off the lot. After the car was warmed up, the thump noise that I have been experiencing on my car was replicated in that car. The service guy as well as the manager tell me that they had another car in for 3 days with the same noise. Motor mounts were eventually replaced, prompted by the tech line that these guys call with problems that have them scratching their heads. After that, that car still made the same "thump" on moderate accelaration. They tell me that this seems to be inherent in '00 and'01 SEs and I believe them as I heard it myself in the other car I rode in. Please try this yourselves and let me know if you notice it, especially after warm up and you've driven a couple of minutes. Again, it is kind of a thump sensation / noise in the front when you first hit the gas under moderate accelaration. The tech that was with me explained that the ECU controls the motor mounts (2) in the SE and hypothosises that it may be sending the wrong signal to the mount or mounts under moderate acceleration. It does not seem to affect the performance at all but a little odd for a car with a 27K sticker. This tech. tells me that he is almost certain that a bulletin will eventually go out on this, assuming enough complaints are found. He also told me that the '02 that he was "prepping" does it also. Again, please try it with yours & post what you find. Another way to replicate the "thump" is to put it in drive if automatic, hold the brake down and goose the accelerater a little like you may have done in the "old days" to check for busted motor mounts. Thanks alot for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for the help.
Sep 11, 2001 (11:15 am)
vanbo33 - I can tell you that this does not happen on my 02 Maxima SE. Maybe it has to do with the 3.5 motor or they corrected it for this year.
I will keep you informed if I start experiencing it. I only have 900 miles right now, so maybe it is too soon.
#383 of 4180 Response to ZAINO Questions.
Sep 12, 2001 (10:40 am)
I use the 3M in place of Zaino because it seems more forgiving, and is difficult to apply. I was exhausted after a trip so I washed my Car in an automatic car wash. With 3M, and the dirt just flew off It also dried quicker.
I had a friend who used Klasse, purchased from klassedirect.com. You can buy a quart for only about 8 dollars more than a pint. He likes it. properautocare.com has some instructions for easy application. But his car is a hunter green.
My issued with both ZAINO and Klasse is whether they can be properly removed once applied, and whether they will yellow. I know that 3M, Collinite, and Meguiar's #26 can be removed with a glaze, and a completely fresh layer applied.