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    Well pics require a Photobucket account that doesn't go POOF in the middle of the night, so no pics I guess. Just think of a 15,000 mile oil change, black and gunky, and that's it. I keep thinking that I've changed all the hoses recently, but really, that was 10 years ago, so you could be right.

    We used to make things here in America and we did so following American laws, health regulations, environmental restrictions and quality standards. Then somehow all our manufacturing and middle class jobs got sent to China, where "standards" translates to "gweilo sucker." Anyway, the quality of what China has been sending us is non-existent and toxicity is off-the-charts. I'm still unclear on how America's industrial base relocated to China in a short 40 years, but I suspect that a lot of people will be sent to the gallows for treason when the full story comes out.
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    I'm still working on the steering refresh + timing belt service. It's difficult with the holidays and maybe 1/2 a Saturday each week to work on it. The rookie mistakes don't help either. l managed to mangle the crank seal when I installed it. That produced a fairly big oil leak and yet another tear down to find it.

    This episode has convinced me to get the Gold Car running again. It's my Mom's old 4g Accord that I gave to her because I hate it. Limited time to work + a long commute + a 13 MPG backup vehicle is not working for me. The Gold Car will improve that math. It actually runs, but has low oil pressure and bad rings. H22's on eBay are cheaper than a rebuild, so I can't think of a good reason not to swap. And with 200 HP, I might hate the Gold Car a little less.

    Otherwise, the Red Car should be good to go next weekend.

    I miss my Red Car!
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    Gentlemen, the Red Car rides again! l got it back together today finally. There aren't any more leaks, the timing belt is good and the steering is great!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Gentlemen, the Red Car rides again! l got it back together today finally. There aren't any more leaks, the timing belt is good and the steering is great!!
    Hey thats great!!!
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    Yes. What's less great is that there was an apocalyptic invasion of field mice while it was there. Somehow. They crapped everywhere and one of them managed to die and leave a funky smell. I have to do a complete interior detail now. I don't expect I'll find the dead mouse either, so I'll get to ride that smell out. Ick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Yes. What's less great is that there was an apocalyptic invasion of field mice while it was there. Somehow. They crapped everywhere and one of them managed to die and leave a funky smell. I have to do a complete interior detail now. I don't expect I'll find the dead mouse either, so I'll get to ride that smell out. Ick.
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    I'll definitely check it out.

    In other news, l got the 4g running again. It passed smog with flying colors, very low HCs and no CO. (My county doesn't check NOx.) I was floored that the wore out old engine could put up numbers like that. I've taken decent care of it though. At this point, it runs, sorta, and gets a lot better mileage than the truck. It's also a lot quieter than the Red Car. The leather interior is pristine, though the body is maybe a 6 out of 10 with some dents and paint that's not great.

    I'll try to post some pics tomorrow.
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    Re: My Hoopty

    I'm currently waiting on move Evans coolant so the Red Car's idle stops bouncing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Gentlemen, the Red Car rides again! l got it back together today finally. There aren't any more leaks, the timing belt is good and the steering is great!!
    Yeah. This guy doesn't know what he's talking about. The coolant did NOT stop the bouncing idle. After some sleuthing l found that my IACV was BONE dry. Even while the car was running! Coolant is flowing through the radiator so either there is a blockage or the Evans is too thick to flow. So the Evans is going out.

    Then the new PS pump started clattering. l blamed shoddy parts quality, then I opened my awesome new PS fluid reservoir to find that it was turning my fluid to foam. That's a BIG problem. I might have to ditch it if I can't find a way to baffle it.

    In the mealtime, I'm driving the 4g.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Yeah. This guy doesn't know what he's talking about. The coolant did NOT stop the bouncing idle. After some sleuthing l found that my IACV was BONE dry. Even while the car was running! Coolant is flowing through the radiator so either there is a blockage or the Evans is too thick to flow. So the Evans is going out.

    Then the new PS pump started clattering. l blamed shoddy parts quality, then I opened my awesome new PS fluid reservoir to find that it was turning my fluid to foam. That's a BIG problem. I might have to ditch it if I can't find a way to baffle it.

    In the mealtime, I'm driving the 4g.
    Well thats an odd set of problems!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    ... PS fluid reservoir to find that it was turning my fluid to foam. That's a BIG problem. I might have to ditch it if I can't find a way to baffle it....
    Would that be the PS pump front seal ? I had this happen to me before. Put a new front seal fixed it.

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    The front seal was making your fluid foam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    The front seal was making your fluid foam?
    Yes, happened to me before. Replaced seal and no more foaming.

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Same, had it happen on one of my Jeeps. Never had it happen on the Accord though (and the Civic has electric steering assist).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC439 View Post
    Yes, happened to me before. Replaced seal and no more foaming.
    How? I can't picture it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    How? I can't picture it.
    My thread back in 2009 - In my original thread, I used the term shaft seal. I might have confused you here by saying front seal but I'm referring to the same thing.

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    Interesting. Thanks for that. l guess I'll try rebuilding my brand new, 5-minute run time remanned PS pump from BBB/OE-Vision. l don't know about you guys, but when l see these reman parts painted completely black, l know they're gonna be shit. Too bad those are the only pumps available. I'd have been better off buying a junkyard unit and rebuilding that. Maybe I'll do that anyway. Maybe I'll buy two junkyard units. Then l can throw all three away when they all turn out to be scrap metal. The new rack is also BBB/OE-Vision, so l should probably throw out too, just to keep everything consistent. Then l can light the car on fire and be done with all this headache.
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    Well, this is frustrating. I have installed a reman steering rack few year back also painted completely black and that thing has intermittent PS fluid leak and the steering is heavy. My theory was the PS pump is old and weak so I bought the rebuild kit, did the rebuild and still the same. So I conclude the reman is junk.

    To lighten the steering, I bought the 40mm steering rack adjust tool and loosen the rack guide screw a little a time. After CCW about 3 turns, the steering is much lighter but still a little heavy than before the rack change. I had really bad PS leak from the old rack but the steering effort wasn't bad consider the severe leak. The reman is junk....

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