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#6387 of 6957 2003 CRV problems - which can I do myself?
Sep 16, 2009 (10:53 am)
Honda is recommending the following for my car:
1. catalytic converter shield replacement + new donut on A pipe: $430
2. left sway bar link broken $225
3. left front lower ball joint loose $675
4. alignment $89.95
5. tires $565
6. brake pads/rotors $1000
7. battery $140
8. spark plugs $215!!!???
which of these can I reasonably do myself if it would save me $$? I'm no mechanic but I'm mechanically inclined and can generally handle repair if I can find decent instructions on the web.
#6388 of 6957 Re: 2003 CRV problems - which can I do myself? [boslaw71]
Sep 17, 2009 (12:38 pm)
Well,....The first thing you should do is get a second opinion from a reputable shop.
Walmart will change your battery or you can buy one and change it yourself. Be sure you have the radio code before you do this or you will wish you had paid to have it changed. Spark plugs are changed at 100K miles I believe and are about $80.00 (for 4, Iridium?) and about 20 minutes work. There are instructions on the net for changing the links but I wouldn't advise it. I did my own and had to smash the mini ball joints to get vice grips to hold them while I undid the nut and then needed a torque wrench to install the replacements. If you're having tires changed or brakes replaced, the wheels will be off and it shouldn't take more than 1/2 hour to change BOTH links. They cost about $25.00 ea for aftermarket parts. Is the car exhaust noisy? If not, then why the donut replacement? Does a CR-V have an exhaust donut? My '02' is still as quiet as it was when new and has 110 K miles so far. Ball joint? again get another price, get the price on real Honda parts if you are concerned and then labor only from an independent shop.
Good luck, keep us posted.
#6389 of 6957 Re: 2003 CRV problems - which can I do myself? [joekinso]
Sep 17, 2009 (12:47 pm)
thanks. I figured I was getting ripped off.
Battery - easy
Plugs - easy
Ball joint & sway bars? Figured I could do those with some instructions but I was already into them for diagnosis fees and I had to apply those fees to something, so I applied to those 2 items. Surely I got taken on those, but they were the items I had least familiarity with.
The car has about 145k miles and the exhaust has been sputtering, rattling and smelling. They suggested the catalytic shield replacement and donut replacement as a fix to that problem. I've read on the web that you can clamp the shield with some metal hose clamps rather than replacing, so I may try that route first. I can live with a little exhaust smell so I'll not do the donut for now. Aftermarket tire place for the tires, and I'll probably just try to do the brakes/pads/rotors myself.
#6390 of 6957 2003 CRV - brake noise?
Sep 18, 2009 (7:05 pm)
My 2003 CRV(LX) makes a noise when I put the brakes on and stop completely. Just had new front brake pads and rotors turned about 6k ago. The only two times it has made this noise is when the vehicle has been driven a while. Normally I drive 5 miles on the interstate and take the bus to work. Then back home and sometimes to the YMCA which is a short trip. So to sum up it seems to make this noise when I drive longer trips and does not make the noise after the car has cooled down.
I had the oil and trans fluid changed this week and the guy said he would check it out, but did not mention finding anything when I picked up the vehicle.
#6391 of 6957 Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car?
Sep 27, 2009 (12:56 pm)
I live in Ohio. Since the winter is coming, I want to know what should we do to protect our car from the snow and the salt? Especially the under part.
#6392 of 6957 Re: Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car? [ohbaobei]
Sep 27, 2009 (1:05 pm)
Wash it every week.
#6393 of 6957 Re: Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car? [ohbaobei]
Sep 27, 2009 (3:05 pm)
you can get a good wax like Mother's California Gold Carnauba Wax and wax the car before winter. Always helps.
first wash the car, dry it, then seal/wax it. I find the California Gold system from Mother's works well. I don't use the first step, the cleaner, dont need it. But I do use, step two,Glaze/Sealer, applied first, then step three, the Carnauba wax. Really nice results
#6394 of 6957 Re: Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car? [mark19]
Sep 27, 2009 (4:53 pm)
Do you guys do anyting about chassis?
#6395 of 6957 Re: Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car? [ohbaobei]
Sep 28, 2009 (5:35 am)
There is an undercarriage wash at some car washes if you need it.
#6396 of 6957 Re: Winter is around the corner. What can we do to protect our car? [ohbaobei]
Sep 28, 2009 (7:38 am)
yes definitely use a hand-wash sprayer (coin operated one) and spray under the car and in the wheel wells..
ONLY do this above 32degrees.. otherwise you're freezing water in there, not good
oh and you're welcome