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    Nokians vs, Blizzaks vs. Winter Sport M3

    Check rear tire toe-in. My 6th gen Civic, and to a lesser degree our 8th gen, have too much toe-in (about 2mm total from factory) in the back for my taste. Not only does it feather directional tires if left back there too long, but it also causes the car to bounce side-to-side when the rear...
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    Could someone explain AVID TRZ tread pattern?

    How are the TRZ in the snow/ice?
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    It sure is a hot area, more reason to use a quality fluid and change it every 15k miles or so. The yellow bottle of Prestone has cured the groan and takes longer to discolor and become black from the seals. 99 Civic 176+ kmiles.
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    Good for you. What fluid are you planning to use? I went from the factory fill to ATE 200 to Valvoline Synpower to Prestone. I think the Prestone is the best for everyday use and has cured the master/slave cylinder "groan" that occured with the previous fluids, expecially when it is...
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    What`s the best highway/touring tires?

    Thanks, I had Michelin and Dunlop winter tires on this car b4. But now run Kumho ASX all season and looking for a bit more life and ice/snow grip for my next tire. Looking at the Fuzion VRi which is the HRi with stiffer side wall. HRi tread design looks like the Dunlop M3 which is an amazing...
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    Oh and one last thing, a nice trick I came up with is to use some hair gel or similar on the bleed nipple threads to prevent any bubbles from getting sucked in as you crack the nipple open. Even if you do see bubbles, they are not going into the caliper so no worries. It is just nicer to have an...
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    Once done sucking out the old brake fluid, close the lid, start the car, and make sure to pump the brake pedal a few times before driving. The pedal will sink the first time you depress it and you will panic think "I can't stop the car". It happens to me every now and then Bleed the brakes per...
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    A full flush if the brake/clutch fluid is more than 2 years old is highly recommended. I have a MityVac hand pump and reservoir. For the $25 investment, it makes one man brake/clutch flushing much easier. Just have to keep an eye on the reseroir level. Stop the vacuum if level gets too low, add...
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    2004 Honda Civic Clutch -strange occurance

    Have you ever flushed the clutch fluid before last night? It is stupid that Honda doesn't specify a service point for clutch fluid but it sees 10x more duty than brake fluid and it has such a TINY reservoir. Change it every year or two MAX. That should help. Along with quick launch from a stop...
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    Brake job every 5k...

    i have a 99 civic coupe 5sp with the same problem. after over 125k trouble-free miles on the factory pads and rotors, they finally hit the squeal tabs. I jumped at the opportunity and replaced them with Hawk HPS and Duralast rotors. Especially since I heard nothing but good things about HPS or...
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    Valve Adjustment

    There is a bushing on the shifter lever, change that first. I bet that will fix it. The tranny doesn't "loosen" up but the bushing the couples the shifter lever with the link under the car does.
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    Low Compression, One Cylinder, What to Do?

    I would check the valve clearance as well, make sure there IS a clearance AutoRX restored compression on Cyl#3 from low 140s to high 160s pretty much in the first clean cycle. This was at 125k miles on a 99 Civic (D16Y8). With 171k miles now and it is consistent 165-175psi across all 4.
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    spark plug questions with photo.

    Just note that without the rubber insert, the plug is not going to stay in the socket while putting back into the plug well. If you have deep wells like on my Civic, just drop the spark plugs in gently first, then use the socket to tighten them slowly to avoid cross-threading. Never had a...
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    Help me choose tires for an '02 Accord V6

    Where can you get these new falkens? Kinda hard to find.
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    Full or Empty Tank for Wheel Alighnment

    In my mind, why align to a load you don't run on a daily basis? If engineering specs have a min and max, you would ask for nominal. For me, a nominal alignment for a daily driver is 1/2 tank + driver and anything else carried on a daily basis.
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    Cleaning a PCV valve?

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    Help me pick some A/S tires

    My story is for trying to show people what happens if you do what you and Auto-Union suggest. Also, why are we talking about AWD? The OP has Civic. 5/32 tires are worn (6/32 is about half life), but not shot. Not all of us can afford new tires when old man winter arrives. Listen, if you are so...
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    Help me pick some A/S tires

    6 years ago, I had exactly the same throught process as you. 2 years of driving on OEM Firestone FR680 (pretty poor tires to begin with) resulted in the fronts worn down to about 5/32. So I put them in the back for Winter 2001. Guess what? First snow storm of the season was on Jan 31 and I made...