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Another "no".

post #422 of 546
Really? The 9-2x wagon is basically the wrx I'm looking for. Comes in manual and I just found one for less than half the cost of a comparable wrx.
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Thread Starter 
Alright my intrepid oil fumed friends. Let's keep this thread about purchasing, repairing and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

We have a new game in the other thread. Where we suggest cars for RTC. And if we can reach some sort of consensus, he has to sit in it. Purchase is totally up to him. But as you all grin. We know whatever ride we pick as a group he will never want to get out of. satisfied.gif

Let the games begin!
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Alright my intrepid oil fumed friends. Let's keep this thread about purchasing, repairing and enjoying the fruits of our labor.
Gen 1 or 2 Intrepid? I had an Eagle Vision (gen 1 intrepid) that I learned to wrench on cars with. I loved that car. Sadly I flooded it by driving into a flash flood during a freak winter storm.
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Thread Starter 
Haha, i meant intrepid as in the word. smile.gif

Post a pic? Wrenching history is cool.

Also, see the #forBrian thread for a one off piece of JDM badassery. nod[1].gif
post #426 of 546
Ha, may have had one too many last night and misread that smile.gif i dont know if a pic still exists of that car. It may not have been the fastest, most luxurious, or cleanest car but it was perfect for college.
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I drove up to Montreal for a stag weekend with some friends in my 2nd gen Acura RL. Drove the 6 hours up beautifully as per usual. Ate up highway mileage like a dream with no fatigue.

The next morning on start up the I got a belt squeal out of the engine bay, cue "oh shit" reaction and unhappiness. I figured at 80k miles and 9 years it's the timing belt that's complaining. Fingers were crossed I could make it through the rest of the weekend and back to NY. It's holding up and the squeal went away after 20 minutes, it's loudest at low RPM or idle. On my way back down through NY I pulled into a rest stop and at idle/parking lot speed all of the sudden my power steering cut out and got a warning like. The wheel was really tough to turn but the light went off and PS came back when I applied a tiny bit of gas.

This is making me think it's the power steering pump that's going. I was getting the same issue the rest of the trip at the idle parking lot speed when trying to turn. Looking into replacing the timing belt, water pump (recommended when doing the belt), tensioner and the power steering pump all in one go. Buying the parts this week ($380 or so including fluids) and debating whether or not to wrench myself or just have a shop do it. No need for dealership as the Honda V6 timing belt change is common at 80-100k mile and from what I've been reading and seeing in the service manual, not too tough. Probably a day of my time if I can dedicate one in the coming weeks... I also have to do my brakes at some point this summer so that's another $280 in parts and a couple hours of work.

Leaning toward just taking it to an indie Honda/Acura speciality mechanic. Gonna email/call a few today to get estimates on labor.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 7/5/16 at 11:31am
post #428 of 546
Bad belts and slippage could cause alternator issues maybe? That could also partly explain a power steering loss (assuming the RL is electric PS).

I would at least take it and see if it threw any codes.
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

Alright my intrepid oil fumed friends. Let's keep this thread about purchasing, repairing and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

We have a new game in the other thread. Where we suggest cars for RTC. And if we can reach some sort of consensus, he has to sit in it. Purchase is totally up to him. But as you all grin. We know whatever ride we pick as a group he will never want to get out of. satisfied.gif

Let the games begin!

 

what is the other thread? 

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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

I drove up to Montreal for a stag weekend with some friends in my 2nd gen Acura RL. Drove the 6 hours up beautifully as per usual. Ate up highway mileage like a dream with no fatigue.

The next morning on start up the I got a belt squeal out of the engine bay, cue "oh shit" reaction and unhappiness. I figured at 80k miles and 9 years it's the timing belt that's complaining. Fingers were crossed I could make it through the rest of the weekend and back to NY. It's holding up and the squeal went away after 20 minutes, it's loudest at low RPM or idle. On my way back down through NY I pulled into a rest stop and at idle/parking lot speed all of the sudden my power steering cut out and got a warning like. The wheel was really tough to turn but the light went off and PS came back when I applied a tiny bit of gas.

This is making me think it's the power steering pump that's going. I was getting the same issue the rest of the trip at the idle parking lot speed when trying to turn. Looking into replacing the timing belt, water pump (recommended when doing the belt), tensioner and the power steering pump all in one go. Buying the parts this week ($380 or so including fluids) and debating whether or not to wrench myself or just have a shop do it. No need for dealership as the Honda V6 timing belt change is common at 80-100k mile and from what I've been reading and seeing in the service manual, not too tough. Probably a day of my time if I can dedicate one in the coming weeks... I also have to do my brakes at some point this summer so that's another $280 in parts and a couple hours of work.

Leaning toward just taking it to an indie Honda/Acura speciality mechanic. Gonna email/call a few today to get estimates on labor.

 

The timing belt won't make noise.  The only belts that make noise are serpentine belts.  I have not done a timing belt on these.  But, I don't think its super hard. The timing chain interval is probably closer to 105,000. It is possible to take the cover off and get a look at the belt to make sure it doesn't have rot or lots of cracks. But, I think your engine is an interference engine meaning if the belt breaks, you crash or at least damage the engine.  But, 80K does sound too early to me. 

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Second gen RL has hydraulic power steering. Slipping belt could cause PS issue.
Schedule for RL timing belt is 105K.
post #432 of 546
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the late reply. 9 times out of 10, that noise is simply a $15 belt. To either your power steering,Ac, alternator. Or all.

So find the tensioner pulley, ease the tension by loosening the center bolt in the pulley, and winding in or out the tension screw. If a spring loaded type, get a socket and breaker bar. Lean into it and slip the belt off.

Installing the belt is the reverse of this.

Your timing belt will be toothed. And not slip/squeal. Only stretched, affecting timing. Not the hardest job. But one that must be done correctly. Luckily. This time it's most likely a simple fix.(accessory belts)

Also, if the engine fan is in the way? There will be a small access point in the shroud, feed the belt over the fan one blade at a time. Then squeeze the belt and wrangle it out between the blades. Reverse for install.


@Nobleproffessor. The "cars we drive" thread. Different vibe. But still fun.here is all about rolling up your sleeves, and doing stuff. And nerding out. smile.gif
Edited by Thrift Vader - 7/6/16 at 8:09pm
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Thread Starter 
Today's DIY Badassery, the Momotaro Denim upholstered garage crawler cushion:

For that Denim comfort when upside down. satisfied.gif
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Will investigate that the Serpentine Belt is all that's awry. My dad peeked under after I dropped it off and said he could see some pulley issues too, so I'll just change out the tensioner/pulley while in there doing the belt. I'm pretty sure the service manual says 7 years or 105k miles on the timing belt. The car is a 2007 so it's well into that frame, but I'll take a look to see if it has dry rot or any other visible issues.
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My night yesterday.


Oil change and new brakes all around. I can get the oil change done in about 15 minutes. Even with having to take off the wheel to get at the oil filter.



My handy catch tray so oil doesnt get all over the frame while changing the filter.



I got 3 of the 4 rotors/pads done. It got too late to finish the last one, especially with a stripped caliper bolt. frown.gif Ill probably end up with a new bracket.

Old brakes. I got them just before hitting the wear indicator.


New brakes/rotor


Made it 60k miles on these. Mostly hard city driving.
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