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  1. Thanks. I'll ask.

    Thanks. I'll ask.
  2. If the chain is worn enough to need replacing,...

    If the chain is worn enough to need replacing, what about the rest of the engine? Is it worth it to replace the chain and keep the car?

    So you don't like the (simpler, cheaper) idea of just...
  3. ?! Chain too! That's a major operation with...

    ?! Chain too! That's a major operation with this car - requires removing the engine!

    Would you consider replacing just the tensioner alone - it's a known weak link on this engine.

    Thanks.
  4. Should I replace timing chain tensioner? (Honda)

    2002 Acura RSX, K20A3 (base RSX), 162K miles, TCT (timing chain tensioner) replaced twice already, last time about two years ago, significant "messing" with tensioner and timing because I turned the...
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    I installed new front struts (OEM Honda/Showa)...

    I installed new front struts (OEM Honda/Showa) last weekend, along with new bearings, strut mounts and bump stops. I re-used the springs and spring top hats, which appeared to be in fine condition. ...
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    I read countless bad stories about Cardone and...

    I read countless bad stories about Cardone and other "re-engineered" shafts. They're only $60 and come with lifetime warranties. Which apparently is needed since people end up changing them every...
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    Raxles driveshaft. All new outer joints, which...

    Raxles driveshaft. All new outer joints, which clearly were not the same as OEM, as the shapes were slightly different. I believe the shafts are OEM; not sure about the inner joint and the part...
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    Hope so, though I sure don't look forward to...

    Hope so, though I sure don't look forward to replacing the driveshaft again. 130 lbs-ft. of torque on the spindle nut means I have to take it somewhere to loosen and tighten it. :/

    This is just...
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    PS - while replacing my rear lower motor mount...

    PS - while replacing my rear lower motor mount yesterday, out of curiousity I pushed on the inner joint of the passenger side driveshaft (remanned, installed a month or two ago). I pushed on the...
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    I still don't understand how worn dampers can...

    I still don't understand how worn dampers can cause a noise when engaging the clutch from a dead stop. Think I'll order a fresh set of mounts too - it seems more likely that they are the cause, even...
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    Thanks, tx. I checked the endlinks; they are...

    Thanks, tx.

    I checked the endlinks; they are only a year or two old, tight and appear intact.

    The struts (OEM Honda/Showa) now have roughly 70K miles on them and are 5 years old. I didn't pay...
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    Struts Shot Already? (Acura RSX)

    I've been hearing a metallic, light clunking sound from my front end for the last several - warm, Summer - months.

    I'm pretty sure it's my struts or strut mounts, since replacing them both (with...
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    Comment on TxGreaseMonkey's post

    Just looked at it - I don't see any cover, and the only thing that can be tightened is the fitting that secures it to the water outlet. That wouldn't control airflow, only coolant. There are two...
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    Comment on TxGreaseMonkey's post

    Thanks! Oh, yes, I'd forgotten all about that little bugger (the fast idle thermo valve). So many things to consider on these computer-controlled cars.
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    Throttle Body Scored?

    2002 Acura RSX base, K20A3, 114K miles. I recently removed my throttle body to clean it. Pulled the MAP and purge control solenoid and IACV. Cleaned the TB and IACV (after removing the electronic...
  16. Question: Camshaft Woes

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    What about adding some zinc to the 0W-30?

    What about adding some zinc to the 0W-30?
  17. Question: Camshaft Woes

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    Comment on TxGreaseMonkey's post

    3K, 5K, 6K, 10K..
  18. Question: Camshaft Woes

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    Damn it! I just loaded up with fresh 0W-30! ...

    Damn it! I just loaded up with fresh 0W-30! Should I dump it out, or is it safe to run for short OCI! Lot of $ to flush down the drain, but so are new camshafts.

    I was running Mobil 1 0W-30...
  19. Question: Camshaft Woes

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    Thanks, TX! I thought that would be adequate...

    Thanks, TX! I thought that would be adequate (just replacing the bolt), but at least one guy told me to loosen them all and re-tighten, so I wanted some more opinions. Of course the mechanic that...
  20. Question: Camshaft Woes

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    Camshaft Woes

    I have some questions about my engine I was hoping someone could provide some insight into.

    2002 Acura RSX, base model (K20A3), 111,000 miles today.

    About 14K miles ago (97K on the clock), I...
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    Once again - this is a freshly remanned caliper,...

    Once again - this is a freshly remanned caliper, straight from the dealer!
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    By the way - I don't notice any braking issues...

    By the way - I don't notice any braking issues while using the brakes like I did last week when the original caliper was hanging up

    I could feel the drag from that old caliper.
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    Well, of course, but who would assemble a caliper...

    Well, of course, but who would assemble a caliper + bracket without greasing the pins!

    Like I said, I'll check the pins and grease them if needed
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    Well, I'll check, but the (Honda, not A/M)...

    Well, I'll check, but the (Honda, not A/M) remanned part was fully assembled (caliper installed on mounting bracket, the pins too of course) and the instructions said nothing about greasing the pins.
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    On the newly remanned caliper? No. Isn't that...

    On the newly remanned caliper?

    No. Isn't that part of the reman process!

    The mechanic said he bled the entire system, which I asked him to do. He only used one small container of brake fluid...
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    One rotor hotter than the other

    I replaced a front caliper last week after noticing it was moderately seized ('02 Acura RSX, 104K miles, daily and year-round driven in the salt/rust belt).

    Today I decided to check my rotors...
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    I've answered my own question - I inspected the...

    I've answered my own question - I inspected the dryer drum a little more closely and noticed that there is a "divot" in the surface of the drum where the roller makes contact - right at the weld of...
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    I've replaced both rollers (the lower one was...

    I've replaced both rollers (the lower one was toast, black dust from disentegration of the roller all over that side of the cabinet), the belt, the idler, the front plastic rings and the front felt...
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    Update - I replaced the forward vacuum hose that...

    Update - I replaced the forward vacuum hose that runs from the IM to the metal portion of the vacuum "hose" (I replaced the aft rubber portion that runs to the MC a while ago) and I replaced the IM...
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    I received and installed an OEM PCV and tubing...

    I received and installed an OEM PCV and tubing today. Seems to run even smoother, but not 100%.

    These cars are renowned for their jerkiness getting off the clutch in first gear, so it's a little...
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    I just re-read your post and had a thought - ...

    I just re-read your post and had a thought -

    I doubt the A/F sensor is impacted much by installing a shorty header (the only new exhaust part before the sensor), and the secondary O2 sensor...
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    DrRotor - thanks, you may be spot on. Hence...

    DrRotor - thanks, you may be spot on.

    Hence the desire for Hondata reflash - it's supposed to be mapped for freer flowing intakes + exhausts.

    I've never heard of anyone complain about...
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    LOL - sort of - why do you ask? I'm TRYING to...

    LOL - sort of - why do you ask?

    I'm TRYING to find the solution, jeez!

    I bought it primarily because it's a Honda - reliability and longevity and economical operation. LOL @ the last one - I...
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    I've already replaced one vacuum line, I just...

    I've already replaced one vacuum line, I just ordered the forward main vacuum line.

    New PCV and PCV hose are on their way, I also just ordered TB, IAC and IM gaskets.

    Maybe the cure is in one...
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    Tirelessly, and at great cost :(

    Tirelessly, and at great cost :(
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    The other thing these cars are notorious for are...

    The other thing these cars are notorious for are faulty TPS'. But I'm not sure what the symptoms are.
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    No, don't have those - but I have replaced the...

    No, don't have those - but I have replaced the ignition coils and was thinking about getting the ECU reflash by Hondata.

    Guys that have had their ECU reflashed claim it eliminates hesitation -...
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    Mine sort of looks like that. You know, the...

    Mine sort of looks like that.

    You know, the idle is pretty normal - it's settled down since last night, maybe I dislodged some dirt and/or otherwise disrupted things enough that the ECU had to...
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    Here's a Honda parts catalog, it shows the IAC...

    Here's a Honda parts catalog, it shows the IAC (#1) on the forward bottom. And, believe me, there's no way to get tools in and beneath the IAC to remove it from the TB.
    ...
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    Ha! The IAC is UNDERNEATH the TB, there is no...

    Ha!

    The IAC is UNDERNEATH the TB, there is no access to remove the IAC without first removing the TB, which of course has coolant lines attached to it.

    Why do you think I first chose to just...
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    One other thought - when I pulled the IM to...

    One other thought - when I pulled the IM to replace my starter a couple years ago, I did not replace the rubber O-rings/gaskets.

    Should I do so now? I'm thinking not, those rubber O-rings don't...
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    OK, OK, you've talked me into this heinous job! ...

    OK, OK, you've talked me into this heinous job!

    I hate dealing with coolant more than anything. I'll soak in carcinogenic used motor oil all day long, but coolant gives me the willies. Call me...
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    Sounds like some sort of vacuum. How does the...

    Sounds like some sort of vacuum. How does the IAC/throttle transition occur? Via vacuum? Does the IAC close completely when the engine is using the throttle, then reopen when the throttle plate...
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    I realize that would allow for a more thorough...

    I realize that would allow for a more thorough cleaning, but why would my quick and dirty cleaning make matters worse?

    And, is it normal to hear a hissing sound when the throttle plate closes? ...
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    I didn't remove the IAC or TB - I removed the...

    I didn't remove the IAC or TB - I removed the intake tube and sprayed them down while manually manipulating the throttle.
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    Well, I decided to clean the TB and IAC tonight. ...

    Well, I decided to clean the TB and IAC tonight. Took it out for a spin, and the idle now fluctuates MORE than it did prior to the cleaning, and the low RPM hesitation is as bad as ever. Especially...
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    :p Yes - thanks for your advice and...

    :p

    Yes - thanks for your advice and encouragement!
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    At first it felt like it resolved the problem...

    At first it felt like it resolved the problem completely, but after driving around a bit, I'd say it resolved about 90% of the problem, LOL.

    I ordered a PCV, washer, two clamps and the entire hose...
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    Dayuuuummmmmmm!! PCV was almost a piece of...

    Dayuuuummmmmmm!!

    PCV was almost a piece of cake after all!

    Had to go to two stores to find one in stock. But removing it was not as bad as it looked like it would be.

    Used a long, straight,...
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    A lot of these RSX guys have made custom oil...

    A lot of these RSX guys have made custom oil catch-cans for their PCV systems.

    Is this really as helpful as they claim? If oil getting into the intake system is such a problem, why don't...
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