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    • Integra Tech: [Read and post your basic questions here.]

    [<Integra Tech Thread: BASIC MAINTENANCE]
    This thread is dedicated for basic Integra maintenance questions, such as oil grades and filters, timing belt and clutch replacements, even paint maintenance.

    If it has to do with repairing or maintaining an Integra, your questions are welcome here.


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    Paint & Wax

    I recently spoke w/ the owner of Zaino who gave me some useful advice regarding paint. Before you attempt to wax your car, get it under some florescent lights to take a look at any swirl marks and scratches. If they show under that light, you won't be able to fix it. However, if they only show in the sun, then you'll be alright. The absolute best product to use for swirl marks and scratches is 3M Scratch Remover. It isn't oil based like Meguiars and similiar products which just hide them. 3M is a much more abrasive product which will work better in blending and smoothing out such marks. It is recommended to use an orbital buffer to get the best results. If you don't have one, you might could try renting one at either Home Depot or Advance Auto Parts. **don't know if this belongs in this thread, but it's something I'm glad I now know.

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    I need to replace the main relay for my 94 Integra -LS. Can anyone give me the instructions? Do I disconnect the battery first?
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    1991 Acura Integra GS

    I would really appreciate some help or direction on a couple of things. First, I would like to change transmission oil/fluid and I'm wondering how to go about it. Second, I would like to change the bulb on the driver side fog light (right beside the main headlight. I'm not sure if I need to buy the whole contraption or if can just buy a bulb and I'm also not sure how to get at the bulb. The third question is I want to replace the antenna on the car. I am just buying an ordinary antenna and I know I need to take the plastic panels out from the trunk but when I do this I still can not seem to get at the antenna. Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. I am a new poster and not very mechanically inclined so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raihan.f1
    I need to replace the main relay for my 94 Integra -LS. Can anyone give me the instructions? Do I disconnect the battery first?
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    The main relay is mounted in the engine compartment fuse panel, just in front of the battery. It's the highest rated relay in the car, so by using the diagram printed on the lid of the fuse panel, you should be able to locate it fairly easily.

    And yes, to avoid the possbility of electrical shock, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery whenever you're working on the car's electrical system.

    As far as removing the relay... think of it like a four-pronged fuse. Pull the dead one out, plug the new one in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemsky01
    I would really appreciate some help or direction on a couple of things. First, I would like to change transmission oil/fluid and I'm wondering how to go about it. Second, I would like to change the bulb on the driver side fog light (right beside the main headlight. I'm not sure if I need to buy the whole contraption or if can just buy a bulb and I'm also not sure how to get at the bulb. The third question is I want to replace the antenna on the car. I am just buying an ordinary antenna and I know I need to take the plastic panels out from the trunk but when I do this I still can not seem to get at the antenna. Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. I am a new poster and not very mechanically inclined so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    1) Transmission fluid: Filling the trans on an Integra is a little tricky. On the side of the transmission case is a large threaded plug with a hexagonal head on the outside face. The hex-head faces are fairly slim, so you need a very tight fitting end-wrench to unscrew the plug. Furthermore, the transmission case deals with a lot of heat, so removing the drain plug may be a bit of pain.

    Once you get the plug off, though.. the rest is easy. Simply add HONDA Manual Transmission fluid (for manual trans, obviously) until the level of fluid is at the bottom of the plug hole. If the fluid that's in there is particularly gritty, it's best to change it.

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    2) Foglights: I am certain that you can replace the bulb independent of the headlight itself. If the radiator is blocking your access to the backside of the headlight, you'll probably need to remove the lamp to access the foglamp socket.

    Match the correct type and wattage of bulb, replace, reinstall.
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    3) Antenna: I'm going to refer that question on to someone better aquainted with the interior of the second-gen Integra.
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    the gears are hard to shift. just changed master cylinder, and slave cylinder.please help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemsky01
    I would really appreciate some help or direction on a couple of things. First, I would like to change transmission oil/fluid and I'm wondering how to go about it. Second, I would like to change the bulb on the driver side fog light (right beside the main headlight. I'm not sure if I need to buy the whole contraption or if can just buy a bulb and I'm also not sure how to get at the bulb. The third question is I want to replace the antenna on the car. I am just buying an ordinary antenna and I know I need to take the plastic panels out from the trunk but when I do this I still can not seem to get at the antenna. Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. I am a new poster and not very mechanically inclined so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    I found an easier way to fill the tranny up. Right next to the speed sensor on the top of the tranny, there is a little metal tube with a rubber cap on it. This leads straight to the tranny. I connect a hose to it that is the same diameter as the PCV hose and then tape a funnel to it. Just pour the fluid into the funnel until you hear the dripping of it coming out of the filler hole.

    About the antenna, you cannot access the antenna from inside the trunk. You need to remove that metal cap at the base of the antenna with either a pair of pliers or with the special tool from Honda. Then just pull once the radio is turned on.


    Quote Originally Posted by rickster5572
    the gears are hard to shift. just changed master cylinder, and slave cylinder.please help
    Have you completely bled the hydraulic system? How old is the clutch? When was the last time the tranny fluid was replaced?

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    Thanks a lot for all your help

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    Further to the Antenna Question

    I got someone to replace the power antenna with just a regular rubber one. I broke it off this last winter. Are you saying that all I have to do is unscrew the antenna from the outside and I will be able pull the piece inside the car through the hole??? I would think you would have to get at it from somewhere else but I hope I'm wrong. It is a 1991 Acura Integra GS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemsky01
    I got someone to replace the power antenna with just a regular rubber one. I broke it off this last winter. Are you saying that all I have to do is unscrew the antenna from the outside and I will be able pull the piece inside the car through the hole??? I would think you would have to get at it from somewhere else but I hope I'm wrong. It is a 1991 Acura Integra GS.
    You should be able to. I know on the 3rd gens that you just remove the cap at the base of the antenna and then pull. If you cannot see the mast after removing the trunk panels, you will need to get at it from the outside.

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    how much tranny fluid is usually used in a 91 automatic. im a bit confused on some posted instructions. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redblurr
    how much tranny fluid is usually used in a 91 automatic. im a bit confused on some posted instructions. thanks.
    2.7 quarts for fluid change

    5.4 quarts for overhaul.

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    thanks for ur help schmoo
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtherDave™
    And yes, to avoid the possbility of electrical shock, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery whenever you're working on the car's electrical system.
    I doubt there are any risk of a lethal electrical shock from the car battery or from a standard Honda ignition coil. It's simpler to turn off the ignition.

    But if you're working near the ignition switch then it's a good idea to disconnect the negative battery since you could burn yourself or blow the fuses if your screw driver shorted the exposed ignition terminals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanker
    I doubt there are any risk of a lethal electrical shock from the car battery or from a standard Honda ignition coil. It's simpler to turn off the ignition.

    But if you're working near the ignition switch then it's a good idea to disconnect the negative battery since you could burn yourself or blow the fuses if your screw driver shorted the exposed ignition terminals.
    Getting shocked sucks, whether it is lethal or not. Disconnecting the negative battery terminal takes 10 seconds at the most and it will eliminate any chances of shocks or blown fuses.

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    i got shocked when i touched the distributor cap when the enginge was on. Is that normal or is the distributor bad???
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    CV Axles

    Can anyone recommend a place where I can buy new / rebuilt cv axles for my 95? I know there are a ton of online stores and I know ebay is a good source, but I wanted to get my axles through a reputable source. Thanks guys.

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    I was wondering how much it costs to get your valves adjusted

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    Brake Calipers

    squeekage and a scraping noise when I back up. Previously the noise was from the backing plate but they said no it wasn't that, it was my I took my car into Altons at the beginning of the summer because ofbrake calipers. They said that they are too stiff and I need to get new ones early winter at the latest. So here I am, before winter looking forbrake calipers.

    I need to get cheap quality calipers. How much do they cost on average for all four? This is for a 94 Sedan. I plan on changing them myself since I don't trust any of the garages around me, not even the dealers(They are overpriced and do horrible work). How hard is it of a job? I will probobly be getting an impact hammer, I heard that its hard to take the calipers off without one.
    So what websites would be a good deal to buy from?
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    Maitenance at 140K?

    My 94 GSR is approaching 140 thousand miles.. Is there a way to check when I should replace the timing belt? By the way, I purchased this car at 130 thousand miles so the previous owner did not replace it yet. What else should I be worried about replacing at this time?

    Also occasionally the clutch pedal feels loose.. when i press it down it feels like my foot can swivel the pedal foward.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by fll3x
    My 94 GSR is approaching 140 thousand miles.. Is there a way to check when I should replace the timing belt? By the way, I purchased this car at 130 thousand miles so the previous owner did not replace it yet. What else should I be worried about replacing at this time?

    Also occasionally the clutch pedal feels loose.. when i press it down it feels like my foot can swivel the pedal foward.

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    I'm pretty sure you're supposed to replace the timing belt at 90k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fll3x
    My 94 GSR is approaching 140 thousand miles.. Is there a way to check when I should replace the timing belt? By the way, I purchased this car at 130 thousand miles so the previous owner did not replace it yet. What else should I be worried about replacing at this time?

    Also occasionally the clutch pedal feels loose.. when i press it down it feels like my foot can swivel the pedal foward.

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    I would replace it ASAP. Like Marshy said, it needs to be replaced at 90k miles. If it breaks, you will be in a world of hurt with bent valves, etc.

    The clutch is most likely original, so it may be on it's way out as well. Check the tightness of the pedal assembly and then the master and slave cylinders for any leaks and bleed the system. If that doesn't help, you need a new clutch relatively soon.

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    How much quarts of oil should I put in my 91 Integra. I just got this thing and wanted to tune it up. I bought five qaurts, but how much am I going to use? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmoo
    I would replace it ASAP. Like Marshy said, it needs to be replaced at 90k miles. If it breaks, you will be in a world of hurt with bent valves, etc.

    The clutch is most likely original, so it may be on it's way out as well. Check the tightness of the pedal assembly and then the master and slave cylinders for any leaks and bleed the system. If that doesn't help, you need a new clutch relatively soon.
    I believe the timing belt has been replaced already, but i'm not sure if I should replace it again. I will call the previous owner today.

    The new clutch was put in when I bought the car, so its probably just the pedal assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kid
    How much quarts of oil should I put in my 91 Integra. I just got this thing and wanted to tune it up. I bought five qaurts, but how much am I going to use? Thanks.
    Start with 3.7 quarts and check it after running it for a few minutes. Then top it off to the max line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarshyTheKid
    squeekage and a scraping noise when I back up. Previously the noise was from the backing plate but they said no it wasn't that, it was my I took my car into Altons at the beginning of the summer because ofbrake calipers. They said that they are too stiff and I need to get new ones early winter at the latest. So here I am, before winter looking forbrake calipers.

    I need to get cheap quality calipers. How much do they cost on average for all four? This is for a 94 Sedan. I plan on changing them myself since I don't trust any of the garages around me, not even the dealers(They are overpriced and do horrible work). How hard is it of a job? I will probobly be getting an impact hammer, I heard that its hard to take the calipers off without one.
    So what websites would be a good deal to buy from?
    Anyone know of any cheap places?
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    getn teg ready for turbo!

    well, the turbo is on the way and id like to get the teg ready for this. i mean to be safe and what not. car has 92k on it and ive had it for 2yrs, bought with 68k on it from a grandma. NOW im sure the timing belt needs to get done(EASY JOB GUYS?), what about water pump, think it should get done? anything else you guys can think of? before taking this leap.
    PS-isnt my daily driver so i can and will do the work
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    Water pump and tensioner must be replaced along with the timing belt. To not replace them is to invite disaster.

    If the water pump were to seize, the timing belt may snap.
    If the tensioner fails, the timing belt may jump.

    Either of these outcomes will ruin your day.
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