I recently gave my 92 Accord an overhaul. RockAuto had everything
I needed in it's catalogue, and I saved so much, that I was able to buy more
parts (Complete Exhaust system manifold to muffler, new gas Tank, and brake
pads and rotors for $400).
The Dealership wanted $400 just for the tank, and
NAPA and Carquest wasn't much cheaper either.
I look forward to shopping on this
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category of the
Here is a great tip from the RockAuto
Part Advice Wiki posted by EricFish.
Diagnosis and Part Selection Advice:
How did you know this part needed replacement? Why did you choose
a certain brand/part number?
If your car is stalling and
sputtering on acceleration, try the VSS (Variable Speed Sensor).
it sounds funny,
but when my wife first had her 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 Automatic
it was doing the exact same thing. Several trips
to the dealer and they figured it out. The voltage output to
the computer was out of range and jumpy. Now with 95000 miles
on it, it began to do it again. I changed the VSS and no problems
What came in the box? Were additional nuts, bolts, sealant, etc.
needed for the repair?
The VSS is a simple plug and
Repair / Installation tips:
Special tools needed? Have to remove other parts to reach this
one? Any left-hand threads, sharp edges, messy fluids or other
pitfalls to avoid?
It's a two wire plug with one
bolt holding it into position. It is located on the top of the
transmission in back near the
firewall, mounted where the transmission is bolted to the engine.
You will need to take the intake, battery, and battery tray
out to get access from the top. Or go through the bottom of the
if you are able to lift it level. It bolts into the transmission,
so lifting the car un level might spill fluid out.
Those 5 MPH Bumpers Worked Great...
my sister hired to remodel her house bumped his vehicle into
the rear of her
Pontiac G6 while it sat in the driveway. $600 in parts and paint
fixed the Pontiac. The contractor covered the repairs and did
a nice job on the house so the story had a happy ending. But
the extent of the damage from a relatively minor bump got me
curious. The latest new car designs are always reported to be
sturdier than previous models and my sister’s G6 weighs
well over 3500 lbs. so I could not just flippantly say “they
don’t build cars like they used to”.
The cost of replacing an entire bumper
assembly adds up quickly. A G6 bumper cover is only about
but it takes another $70 to replace the steel reinforcement
under that. If an energy absorber needs replacing then that
is another $100 and so on. However, bumper assemblies have
been complex since the ‘70s. $600 is a relative bargain
compared to some other new car models. The real question is
not cost of parts, but why was there so much damage at driveway
speeds. I remember a few years back running a ’77 Chevy
into the back of my brother’s ’77 Lincoln when
the Chevy’s master cylinder suddenly conked out. Neither
car was damaged at all. Those 5 mph bumpers worked great...
Did you know the US bumper standard
was cut from 5 mph to 2.5 mph in 1982! I didn’t. I clearly remember being awestruck
when the giant 5 mph bumpers first appeared in ‘73. I
must have been too busy graduating from high school and bondoing
up holes in my old Dodge to read a newspaper in ‘82.
I bet all those kids out there happily listening to their iPods,
won’t have a clue ten years from now when their brand
new Chevy blows across the driveway in a strong breeze. They’ll
say, “35 mpg? When did that law happen?”
To make myself feel better, I checked
the RockAuto.com catalog and found an ‘81 Caprice uses the same front and rear
bumper reinforcements as a ‘90 Caprice. Lowering the
bumper standard did not require car manufacturers to make any
sudden design changes in 1982. 5 mph bumpers gradually disappeared
as models were dropped or redesigned.
By the way, the Europe (ECE) regulation is also about 2.5
mph (4 km/h). The Canadian bumper standard is 5 mph (8 km/h),
but the methods for testing are not directly comparable to
or as stringent as the old US 5 mph standard. (Per www.nhtsa.dot.gov)
Overall the change in the bumper standard
might not have been a bad thing. It took me 26 years to notice
and great looking,
almost bumperless new cars like the Pontiac Solstice might
not have been possible with the old 5 mph bumper standard.
New car designs have increased passenger safety over the years.
I do know I won’t aim for my brother’s ’77
Lincoln if I need to stop my sister’s G6!
|Dave's Datsun Roadster
This is my '69 Datsun 2000 Roadster,
SRL-311. It's my second one, the first way back in 1985. I also
have had two others since then, a running '68 1600 Roadster and
a 1970 1600 engine-less project. Plans are to put in a Rover
4.0 aluminum V8 and T5 5 speed in the '70.
It's a unique car, from the factory, 2.0l engine,
up to 150 HP, and gets 32 MPG with slightly out of tune twin
side draft carburetors. They were made in three different models
from 1963-1970. The car has nearly 50/50
weight distribution, a full steel "X" frame, and weighs just over
2000 pounds. They are raced and autocrossed successfully against cars with
power and much bigger price tags.
The cars are not very common, but there are
a bunch around. They have a strong following on both coasts and
on the Internet. Prices
are still reasonable,
compared to other cars like Triumph and Austin-Healey. Best of all, RockAuto
stocks a surprising number of parts for these cars, considering
it is a semi-obscure
Dave in New Jersey
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