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#1486 of 1859 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [hondatech2]
Sep 17, 2009 (5:12 am)
Thanks montijo and the others for your replies. I had the receipts yesterday and maybe I have been robbed ... but it is true ... I did buy 8 tires and four rims as part of that. The brakes/gas lines and c. converter labor was expensive.
I would not feel too good about the jb weld if I am passing the problem to somebody else (which from my first few items seems to be what the seller did to me). If I did not just want to toss this car to a junkyard, I guess that I could just sell it for parts. I am speaking with a friend's brother who is a Honda mechanic today. Perhaps he can just take it away from me and strip it for himself.
Thanks everybody! This is a very useful forum!
#1487 of 1859 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [thelemon]
Sep 17, 2009 (5:14 am)
Oh ... sorry ... the car had about 170K on it in late 2006 when I bought it. I now have it at 220K.
#1488 of 1859 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn
Sep 22, 2009 (8:13 am)
I just bought a 95 Accord with 90k miles on it. It looks good overall, but upon undercar inspection, I see that driver side steering rack boot is torn into 2 pieces.
Also, the owner tells me the AC compressor needs replacement.
My questions to the global wisdom:
1. Can I replace the steering boot myself (quite handy and not afraid to tackle new jobs)?
1a. If yes, can someone recommend procedure for changing it?
2. Can I replace the AC compressor myself and have the system evacuated/charged by a mechanic?
2a. If yes, again can someone post a procedure for doing this?
Thanks very much for advice.
#1489 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [fw_man]
Sep 22, 2009 (8:28 am)
To Question 1 -
I believe if you replaced this with a 1 piece boot you would need to pay to have an alignment done after you finished anyway. Also I have needed to replace my tie rod end on my 94 accord 2 out of three times when I have taken the steering apart.
To Question 2 -
If you live in a state that sells R134a you may be able to replace yourself and charge. Just make sure to follow all instructions in a Chilton's or Haynes book, replace any O-ring seals that get exposed, and be very careful when putting it back together (those aluminum parts are expensive!). One more thing to think on - I did this myself, it is a bit of a job and a few other parts need to be removed. If I remember correctly a specific bracket gave me a little bit of frustration. However it is still very satisfying to have the job done yourself.
If it were me, the AC I would tackle myself. The Steering boot, I would find a local mechanic that has an alignment rack, see if you can negotiate for them to put a new boot on for $10-20 more than the cost of the alignment.
#1490 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [Trhenning]
Sep 22, 2009 (8:48 am)
Thanks Trhenning for advice.
I guess, there may exist split boot for steering? If yes, since this is not rotating, this could be an option for me?
For AC, what about "evacuation"? How will the system perform if it has not been cleaned out?
#1491 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [fw_man]
Sep 22, 2009 (9:16 am)
after you replace the ac compressor you need to pull vacuum on it. some auto zones will lend you a vacuum pump. you need to pull about 30 pounds of vacuum and make sure it holds it. ie no leaks
#1492 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [fw_man]
Sep 22, 2009 (2:40 pm)
When you evacuate the system, you not only remove air that entered the system, but more importantly you remove moisture. If you don't the moisture mixes with the oil and creates a corrosive sludge that attacks the aluminum components.
You need to run the vacuum pump for at least 30 minutes to boil off the moisture. Just drawing a quick vacuum shutting off the pump and holding it for a while to check for leaks isn't good enough.
Although replacing the A/C pump may be your fix, if the old pump had issues and it sent metal fragments down the line, you may need to replace more then just the pump. A/C systems also have filter/dryers and that may need to be changed when you replace the pump.
#1493 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [fw_man]
Sep 22, 2009 (2:42 pm)
First of all, it's not a steering boot. It's covering the drive shaft/CV joint. If the grease has all come out of the boot, the CV joint will not last much longer. If very little of the grease has come out of the boot, you may be able to get by just changing the boot with a two piece replacement. If not, I would change the axle/CV joint and the boot at the same time. It's not an easy job, but someone with reasonable intelligence, and a repair manual can do it.
#1494 of 1859 Re: 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn [elroy5]
Sep 23, 2009 (5:46 am)
It is a steering boot. CV boot is fine. Drive axle is fine too. It is a steering rack boot that covers the seal from steering rack towards the ball joint.
Thank you to all who provided valuable insights.
It seems that steering boot can be replaced by myself, provided I am very careful separating the ball joint and keeping the tread position of the tie rod end the same as before to try to avoid alignment.
AC? I will try it myself. As far as evacuating, will a cheap pump like this work?
Many thanks again,
#1495 of 1859 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [thelemon]
Sep 23, 2009 (7:07 am)
It's a dice roll every time you buy used. I prefer to buy new then drive it forever.