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    2016 or 17 Honda CR-V

    My wife has a 2003 CRV which has been a pretty good car. I have an 09 Impala. We are both in need of a new car. For reference, we're in southeast Michigan, and I'm a former master mechanic. We're considering a pair of CRV, probably 2016 or 17, likely certified used. We've had good service...
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    Wiper arm tension...

    I thought about that as well, but the wiper arms only have a very short section near the hook, maybe 2", that could be bent, so the angle would end up being pretty acute. Might work, but didn't want to totally trash the arm if it didn't work. Bob
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    Wiper arm tension...

    I noticed my passenger wiper wasn't clearing well, so I changed the blades. On a side note, I'm lucky if I can get 6 months out of a set of blades. They simply end up not wiping well. 2009 Impala, 22" blades. Honestly, I think overall wiping effectiveness of both sides of the windshield has...
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    2003 Honda CR-V exhaust fumes in cabin

    I've been wrenching on cars for 33 years, and was a master mechanic many years ago, but I'm still learning. Bob <img src="/forums/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="smile" title="smile" height="15" width="15" />
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    2003 Honda CR-V exhaust fumes in cabin

    I don't know how to edit my initial post, but I solved the problem! I checked everything mentioned in the thread, and all was fine. The possibility of a dysfunctional cabin exhaust door was an interesting theory. It is buried in the driver's quarter panel, and isn't easily accessed. When I...
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    2003 Honda CR-V exhaust fumes in cabin

    You guys are awesome, thanks! The valves were adjusted about a year ago. -I replaced the plugs a bit over a year ago, but I will recheck torque. -I did place a CO alarm in the car. Kept the vents on recirc no levels detected. I don't recall if I tried with the vents set to outside air. -I'm...
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    2003 Honda CR-V exhaust fumes in cabin

    I did check for obvious engine leaks, but the one area i can't visualize well is the exhaust manifold. I may try to get the heat shield off. The odor smells like exhaust, rather than burning oil/coolant/etc (plus the car isn't using/losing any fluids). But, it is worth checking out. I would...
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    2003 Honda CR-V exhaust fumes in cabin

    No trouble codes. Less odor with vents on recirculation. The fumes are present even while driving, so I lean toward the leak being in the engine area or forward part of the exhaust. There's no evidence of a rich burn, though, per my wife, the gas mileage has diminished. Otherwise, the car...
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    Tracking down a vibration

    2009 Impala. Replaced the driver's side wheel bearing as it was clearly trashed. The others seem fine, no play, but I'm aware that there can be vibration without easily detectable play. The vibration from the bearing is gone, but there is still a lower volume droning and vibration. The sound...
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    Strange multimeter reading

    This doesn't align with the tool aspect of my post, but my instincts were correct. I purchased a new battery and it spins the engine beautifully compared to the old one. The old battery was clearly on its way out despite being less than 2 years old. Bob
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    Strange multimeter reading

    Yeah, I agree that the small drain is ok. But I don't trust the drop in voltage. I think the battery is trying to tell me something. Ok, that sounds kinda weird. $10k for a battery tester? Wow! I recall there was some high tech equipment at the battery course I attended. Maybe I could...
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    Strange multimeter reading

    Ok, get outta my Head! Not 5 minutes ago that I had the same theory. You would think that if the car is pulling 80mA initially, then falling to 29mA, then changing to the mA setting wouldn't be an issue. It appeared safe to use the lower scale (though the readings were odd). BUT, as you...
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    Strange multimeter reading

    Wow, some excellent observations and ideas, thanks! My skills are very rusty, I haven't practiced in nearly 25 years. The car is a 2003 CRV. It does have some type of electronic voltage or current management system. I replaced the part maybe 8 years ago. Anyway, what was throwing me off...
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    Strange multimeter reading

    Yeah, I could have 2 bad multimeters. But it is interesting that they both read the same.
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    Strange multimeter reading

    The leads are in the correct jacks. I was able to get a reading of 0.01-0.02mA on the 0-200 scale, so I think the fuses are ok. Interestingly, when I first connect the leads on the 10A scale, it first reads .080 and after about 10 seconds it drops to .029. I assume something is powering up and...
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    Strange multimeter reading

    I was checking my wife's car for parasitic draw. I attached my Innova 3320 multimeter (has been very accurate so far) leads betweeen the negative cable and negative post. On the 10A scale ( 200mA to 10A) it reads .029. On the 0-200mA scale it reads 0.00. I checked everything repeatedly and...
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    Mysterious windshield haze

    Thanks for all of the responses. I should clarify that the car is in a parking garage 4 days/week while I'm at work. Also, the film isn't apparent until the wipers go across the glass, then it is obviously smeary. One of my earliest attempts to clean the windshield was with Dawn dish soap...
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    Mysterious windshield haze

    My 2009 Impala rapidly develops a haze on the outside of the windshield. For reference, due to this film and micro pitting, I replaced the windshield last year. I tried everything to get rid of the haze/film: multiple new wipers, Bon Ami, alcohol, 0000 steel wool, Cerama Bryte, Stoner Invisible...
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    Battery Recommendations?

    Holy cow, you folks are fast! I will just have it tested and plan to keep it for a while. My electronics and mechanic background makes me suspicious (slightly paranoid) of batteries, so I have definitely replaced them prematurely. They begin a slow-motion death spiral right out of the factory...
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    Battery Recommendations?

    I have a 2009 Impala with a AC Delco ACD34-60 685cca battery. Though I'm not having any trouble with the battery, I prefer to replace all car batteries after a max of 4 years. Michigan winters and summers tend to beat batteries up. In the past, we have had good luck with Walmart and Sam's...
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