Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bridgestone Adrenalin RE003

On the Stream 1.8X, this is my 2nd set of tires.

I have been wanting to try the RE001, RE002 series for quite a while already after hearing raving reviews on the radio.

Price for 4: $600
Production date WWYY: 5315
Start: ODO 142,633 km on Oct 25, 2016


Review
Initial review on Feb 16, 2017
First installed Oct 25, 2016

I like the looks of the tire. It does look sleek and fierce. Very sporty look.
Wet handling is very good.
My previous cornering with the Goodyear Triple Assurance gives screeching sound. This tire did not. This must mean that the tire did not slip much during cornering.
Tire noise can be heard during driving.
Fuel economy is reduced compared with the Goodyear.

Overall I like this set of tires.

Previous Tires used

Goodyear Triple Assurance (Honda Stream) - Loved this set. Good mileage and wet grip

Nokian H 175/65R14 82H (Honda City) - Loved this set. Good wet grip
Yokohama Aspec A300 (Honda City) - Avoid. Lousy wet grip

Headlamp Xenon D2R replacement (Passenger side)

Greetings,

My left side HID Xenon bulb blew last evening.
managed to replace it and posting here to share replacing by DIY-ers.

This bulb is for low beam and high beam.

The symptom of the bulb deteriorating for me is as follows:
1. The light would light up normally but after some time of continuous running, it would not turn on.
2. The bulb would turn on again after switching off the light switch and switching on again.

As of last evening, the bulb would not switch on despite turning it off and on again.

Below is the schematic of the lamp setup.

Item 11 -
33116-S7A-J01 BULB, HEADLIGHT (D2R)(HID)JPY 19,045USD 173.14
Disassembly

MAKE SURE THE BULB IS SUFFICIENTLY COOL BEFORE TOUCHING



1. Remove the snorkel to gain access to the environmental cap. 
This cap prevents dust and water from entering into the headlamp casing.  


2. The cap is the grey one seen above.


3. To access to the bulb, you need to remove the environmental cap by twisting and pulling outwards.
Twist the base anti clockwise to unlock from the bulb.
The bulb is held in place by 2 springs. 


The damaged bulb

Purchase and install

As at Feb 2017, the price i got was $125 per piece. I think there are cheaper ones out there, as i was busy, i did not have time to shop around. This is the price i got from one of the vehicle supply shops in my vicinity.

Specs is D2R
Bulb specification: XENON D2R 85V 35W



The bulb connector has a slot for twisting clockwise to lock into the holder.

Installation
1. Carefully place the bulb into the lamp slot. The piece of the rod will be below the bulb.
That is the glass bulb is above the metal rod.

2. Carefully secure the 2 spring that is designed to retain the bulb and hold it in place.

3. Carefully attach the holder base that is connected with the wiring to the bulb pin.

4. Twist clockwise to lock the holder base in place.

5. Tidy the wiring and cover the lamp unit with the environmental cap.

6. Turn on the light switch to check for connectivity.

Testing of bulb. It works.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Retiring the Goodyear Triple Assurance Max

16" Goodyear Assurance TripleMax

Price for 4: $580

Start: ODO 84,070 km on Apr 9, 2014
End: ODO 142,633 km on Oct 25, 2016
Usage: 58,563 km over 930 days (2Y 6M 16Days)

I love this set of symmetrical tires. 

The wet grip is very good and got me quite good fuel mileage.

I rotate them frequently, usually during oil change intervals.

The reason i retired this set of tires was because of a side wall bulge and rubber cracks at various locations. I fill these to 35 PSI (240 kPa). They looked tired after serving my family. Good bye!



Tires used
Nokian H 175/65R14 82H (Honda City) - Loved this set. Good wet grip
Yokohama Aspec A300 (Honda City) - Avoid. Lousy wet grip

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Key Battery replacement - Lithium Coin CR1620

Photo source: http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2686563-changing-honda-car-remote-fob-battery/

The default battery model is CR1616

When that is unavailable, CR1620 can be fitted for use.

It is of the same diameter 16 mm denoted by CR16XX

The last 2 digits XX is the thickness

CR1616 is 1.6mm where CR1620 is 2.0mm

I have successfully fitted the CR1620 in absence of CR1616 which is very difficult to locate.

Apart from the difference in dimension, the Amp.Hr rating is slighter larger in CR1620

The battery costs $2 only


Technical specs

CR1616
Typical Capacity: 55 mAh (to 2.0 volts) (Rated at 30K ohms at 21°C)

CR1620
Typical Capacity: 79 mAh (to 2.0 volts) (Rated at 30K ohms at 21°C)

Source:
http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/cr1616.pdf
http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/cr1620.pdf

Replacement detail can be found at
http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2686563-changing-honda-car-remote-fob-battery/

Key Battery replacement - Lithium Coin CR1620

Photo source: http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2686563-changing-honda-car-remote-fob-battery/

The default battery model is CR1616

When that is unavailable, CR1620 can be fitted for use.

It is of the same diameter 16 mm denoted by CR16XX

The last 2 digits XX is the thickness

CR1616 is 1.6mm where CR1620 is 2.0mm

I have successfully fitted the CR1620 in absence of CR1616 which is very difficult to locate.

Apart from the difference in dimension, the Amp.Hr rating is slighter larger in CR1620

The battery costs $2 only


Technical specs

CR1616
Typical Capacity: 55 mAh (to 2.0 volts) (Rated at 30K ohms at 21°C)

CR1620
Typical Capacity: 79 mAh (to 2.0 volts) (Rated at 30K ohms at 21°C)

Source:
http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/cr1616.pdf
http://data.energizer.com/PDFs/cr1620.pdf

Replacement detail can be found at
http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2686563-changing-honda-car-remote-fob-battery/

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Front bearings replacement

FOREWORD

The bearing has a side with magnetic encoding, that will face the ABS sensor.

Observe to pay keen attention never to press and result in separation of the inner race from the complete bearing.

The bearing has to be pressed in fully into the housing and fully into the hub.
Don't worry, the inbuilt clearance is there so that the hub and knuckle will never touch one another.

WARNING

Poorly assembled bearings may result in separation of the hub, where the wheel will be detached from the vehicle while driving. You won't want that to happen.
This is highlighted by Honda service manual.


INTRODUCTION

These are experience i gain while replacing my front wheel bearings on my 2008 Honda Stream R18A engine. The Honda Civic 1.8L has the same setup.

Upon completion of the replacement, I highly recommend taking the vehicle for alignment just to be sure that the tires sits flat to the ground.



In it, i replaced one of the front wheel bearings twice. I gained insight as well as refining the procedure of replacement. Through this, I hope the readers will appreciate and avoid costly mistakes.

The most tedious part of the replacement is the bearing removal and pressing out/into the knuckle housing.

I will focus towards the difficult portions and skip the easier parts.

BEARING REPLACEMENT

Essential tools needed:
a. Hydraulic press
b. Assortment of press supports with different diameters
c. Bench vise
d. Heating torch
e. Torque wrench (at least 20kg.m range)
f. Circlip pliers
g. 32mm Socket spanner
h. Impact screw driver for removal of brake disc

Parts needed for renewal
You will need
1. New bearings
2. New Spindle nut.

Here is the schematics as well as torque values for assembly.

After removal of knuckle, clamp on a vice and hammer out the hub using a mallet.


The assembly will split into two portions.
a. The Hub
b. The Knuckle


Remove the circlip with a circlip plier

 Remove the splash guard and use the flat position of the three screws to support the knuckle for pressing the bearing out.
 As always, the inner race will split from the bearing and get hinged on the hub shaft.



Salvage the old bearing parts for use in later part to press the bearing in.
Save the outer race (not in photo), it will be useful!

Stack the old outer race onto the new outer race. You will only want to press the outer race to fit the whole bearing into the knuckle housing without separation of the inner race.

 One side of the bearing is magnetic encoded.
You can test with a ferrous metal.

Clean up and polish the bearing seating prior to receiving of new bearings.
Oil the seating surface before pressing to allow smooth travel.

This is important.
Be sure to support at the prescribed position.
Otherwise, the inner race will pop out of the new bearing and you will have to get a new bearing to replace.

Press the hub all the way in till the travel stops.


Other Really Important Tips

1. Never pull the drive shaft.
Well i did accidentally and its really horrible to go through detaching the driveshaft boot and align the 3 bearings into the housing. 


2. Detaching the drive shaft from the knuckle


3. ABS sensor
Remember to remove it and not snap the wire and connections!



4. Spindle nut removal and tightening

It will be tight because it is exposed to elements.

Removing the wheel hub cap and resting the wheel on the ground will give you leverage while using a breaker bar to gain extra leverage when the impact gun does not work.

You will need to knock out the locking dent on the spindle before attempting to undo the nut.
Clockwise to Tighten
Counter CW to Slack


Remove the wheel first to expose the spindle nut, undo the dent that locks the nut.
Remove the wheel hub cap.
Put the wheels back on with lug nuts. Rest the tire on the ground and proceed to slacken the nut.
The photo below is when i tighten. The procedure is the same for assembly and disassembly.


Add a little grease or oil on the flat surface of the spindle nut before tightening.


This last step is used to determine correct install.
My first install failed as i did not press in the bearing correctly. The hub and knuckle had play and the bearings ground each other. It became rough.
As a result, only one side of the wheel spins freely while the faulty side did not move at all.

Proceed with caution only if you know what is happening.




Friday, 27 May 2016

Front & Rear wheel bearing

Applicable for Civic FD and Stream RN6/RN9 models

I have always wondered why the information for the wheel bearing is absent and cannot be found online.

Well here it is!

Front Wheel Bearing

The corresponding Honda part number is 44300-SDA-A52

It got these NTN bearing from my usual industrial bearing shop for less than $40/pc.

The NTN Box reference: AU1006-3LX2L/L588
The NTN marking on bearing inner race: AU1006-3 JAPAN 1406211828.

There is one side with magnetic coding for the ABS pick up.
You can see on the last photo where the magnet attracted a steel nail.
Be sure to orientate the bearing on the right side, else your efforts are wasted when assembling.









If you are keen to know the rear bearing, look below.

NTN HUB 215-8
Corresponding Honda part no. 42200-SJF-951