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#220 of 410 98 Rusted Rear Toe Adjustment
Aug 16, 2008 (7:02 pm)
I have a 1998 Honda Civic, 2 Door EX. The forward end of the Rear Trailing Arm is connected a Rear Compensator Arm, and the toe adjustment is accomplished by a loosening and sliding a 10mm bolt. The head of the bolt and the slot are visible, but the balance of the hardware is enclosed in a sheet metal “shield”. The hardware on my car is frozen / rusted. The shop where I took the car to be aligned does not know what is behind the shield, as there is no access.
I am thinking of drilling an access hole in the lower part of the shield, but do not know if what lies behind it will allow me to replace the rusted hardware. (I was thinking of grinding the head of the bolt off and pushing it thru once the head is gone.) Can anyone tell me if this is possible, or do I need to have a new shield welded onto the car body? Of course, my local Honda dealer wants $100.00 to look and advise me as to what needs to be done. Any help would be appreciated.
#221 of 410 98 Honda Civic LX - Slight coolant smell
Aug 18, 2008 (9:52 pm)
We just purchased a used civic (see above for year/trim) with 91k miles on it. We had it checked out and everything seems pretty solid. We plan on doing a timing belt/water pump replacement within the next few weeks as it's needing to be done and we are not sure if the previous owner did it (we bought it used from a dealer trade in). The only issue we seem to have is that when we turn on the air, there seems to be a slight coolant smell in the air. A/C and heater work great. The car does not heat up when driving with the A/C on.
My husband and I hope that it might be the water pump which will be changed out with the timing belt in two weeks. Could there be any reason why this 10 year old car might slightly smell like coolant when even the vent is on? Is it a sign that we bought a car with a heater core issue? We checked all the fluids and they seem to be good. When we stepped on the gas no smoke came out of the exhaust (not even steam). What are signs that we have an issue with a heater core?
Thanks so much for your help!
Mark & Rebecca
#222 of 410 Re: 98 Honda Civic LX - Slight coolant smell [markandrebecca]
Aug 19, 2008 (4:55 am)
You are correct to suspect a leaking heating core, if you smell radiator fluid when turning on the air. Other symptoms would be a wet/damp carpet on passenger side underneath the air plenum.....or in the winter if the windows fog up due to excessive humidity in the cabin.
I guess if you had a large radiator leak in the engine compartment, that smell could be drawn into the cabin as well....mimicking a leaking heater core. However since you aren't missing large amounts of fluid, I wouldn't suspect this is your problem.
#223 of 410 2005 radiator question
Aug 19, 2008 (4:59 am)
Daughter called and asked me why all of a sudden her temp guage needle indicator is reading much cooler than usual. Needle still goes up over the "C" but not by very much even after driving car a long time. She checked fluids and all is normal. I have heard of overheating but never this problem esp. after driving a long time. Any ideas?
#224 of 410 Re: 2005 radiator question [heart2]
Aug 19, 2008 (5:00 am)
If the thermostat is stuck in the wide open position, or you could have a bad temperature sensor, or a bad gauge.
Just as a precaution, I would suggest that she has her battery/alternator checked to make sure it is at the correct voltage...and there isn't corrosion on the battery terminals (causing resistance and voltage drop). This could also effect random electrical items if the voltage was low, but I would think she'd start to see starting problems. The autoparts chains (Pep Boys, Autozone, etc) generally all do free battery/alternator load checks.
#225 of 410 (1994 Civic or 2001 Altima?
Oct 10, 2008 (7:23 pm)
I was just given a 1994 civic with 72000miles. I'm told it was well maintained. I am considering selling my 2001 Altima with 68,000 miles, to get out of debt. Mechanic says Honda will be more reliable. Any advise?
#226 of 410 Re: (1994 Civic or 2001 Altima? [tigeriii]
Oct 10, 2008 (7:58 pm)
With such low miles, you are due congratulations on a car that should be reliable for many more, but without TRULY knowing how well-maintained it is, you may be replacing some things sooner rather than later (hoses, brake master cylinder, etc).
Kind of a tough call. That Altima should be pretty reliable.
Sorry I'm not much help.
If you had more detailed service records, i'd love to hear about them!
#227 of 410 Re: (1994 Civic or 2001 Altima? [tigeriii]
Oct 10, 2008 (8:12 pm)
You're trading your known vehicle, for another much older vehicle with equivalent miles. Although it is supposedly well maintained, you won't really know for a couple of months. Struts, CV joints, transmission, engine, AC, brakes....all items that would put a dent in your wallet.
I guess it depends upon how much you can get for your current ride, and realize that some of that might be spent for Civic parts and labor.
#228 of 410 Re: (1994 Civic or 2001 Altima? [tigeriii]
Oct 11, 2008 (4:54 am)
To me, the kicker would be the debt. How much do you owe and what's the monthly payment? Compare how much you can get for the Civic to the outstanding debt. If you could sell the Civic for what you owe on the Altima, then take that route. If not, then look at selling the Altima for what you owe on the loan. Getting out of debt on the car loan is a good thing.
#229 of 410 Re: (1994 Civic or 2001 Altima? [mikefm58]
Oct 11, 2008 (7:26 am)
Thank you for everyone's response. I have repairs records for oil changes and a replaced front axle. The car sat for about 14 months before I got it. I've put about a hundred miles on it and then had a mechanic check it. He says it looks good.
I owe $8,000 on the Altima, I don't think I'd get the full amount if I sold it, maybe 6K. The Civic would probably only get a few thousand dollars.