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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
May 04, 2002 (1:17 pm)
I can't speak for Nissans, but I can tell you Toyotas are much easier to work on than Hondas are. I had a Honda Accord and it was a nightmare to work on. If you were doing something other than changing plugs or air filter, you pratically had to pull the engine to get at anything. This car was obviously not designed with ease of maintenance in mind. My Toyota on the other hand is very easy to work on, everything is very accessable.
hobieslug, you're wondering if Toyotas and Nissans can withstand the test of time as well as Hondas do? I can tell you Toyotas will. I've seen plenty with over 200K, and a few with over 300K. In fact, a friend of mine still has his '78 Corolla, and the last time I saw him, it had over 375K on it, and the engine has never been apart. It may have over 400K by now. I can't speak for Nissans, I've never had one, and I don't anyone who has.
#14 of 20 hobieslug Honda Tool
May 05, 2002 (4:31 am)
Hobieslug could you please describe in detail the tool you made so that you could change your Honda's timing belt. Also, was there anything out of the ordinary for the water pump change and how often did you actually change it.
Newcar31 I agree with you. If you buy a Mazda get one that still has a Mazda engine and transmission or you will be short changing yourself on durability.
May 05, 2002 (7:27 am)
What type of engine and tranny would a Mazda have in it, other than a Mazda?
#16 of 20 bottgers drivetrains
May 05, 2002 (11:53 am)
Mazda does several joint vehicles with Ford and Ford supplies the drive trains. The Mazda MPV is just one example that comes to mind.
#17 of 20 crankbolt tool
May 09, 2002 (7:17 pm)
don't think it would be worth it for you to make this tool,you would need access to a shop and some fairly expensive tools [3/4 drive]
if your still interested e mail me hobieslug96peoplepc.com
water pumps on hondas are fairly easy
hardly any surface cleaning just make sure the o ring stays in its grove
I change it with every timing belt [thats every 90,000 miles] if you do a belt and you don't do the w/pump it could leak shortly after and that would mean doing the whole job over again
I did 7 belts which made the tool worth while
#18 of 20 One way in which one can take off the crankshaft
May 10, 2002 (5:59 am)
bolt without air compressor is to us a 1/2 drive and corresponding socket attach a pipe to the end of the 1/2 drive remove all spark plugs, then note the rotation on how to loosen the bolt, you would position the ratchet with the attached pipe so that it extends beyond the front bumper, go into car and bump the key a few times and there you have it bolt is loosen.
To tighten position rachet with pipe extending underneath the car and bump the key once now it's tightend. This method is useful if one does not have access to a compressor
May 10, 2002 (6:16 pm)
all hondas are counter clock wise rotation
bumping the starter will only tighten the bolt or break it
there are a few ways to break this bolt freed but the crank bolt on hondas are so tight honda decided to make a hex cut out on their pulley's for a tool to fit in
on one honda I broke two snap-on impacts with a 1/2 in. drive I.R impact I have a 3/4 socket and gun using shop air with a larger air line[1/2 in. dia] there is no problem
#20 of 20 I stand corrected never attempted a timing belt
May 12, 2002 (4:00 pm)
replacement on a honda just nissan's toyota's and volkswagen the above suggestion is not necessary on volkswagens