How do you buy a new car? Following my 5-step process will save you money and time. In this example, we are comparing Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Not only did I do my own research, but also I asked each dealer to compare their car with others. In this video, you will hear dealers comparing their cars since I would like to see what they have to say about their competitors.
Notice that there are different ranking systems. I pick Consumer Reports as it keeps a neutral position, not accepting manufacturer’s donations. But even with Consumer Reports different months may have different scores. So in the end, you need to weight the overall impressions, price and safety into consideration.
New Car Buying tips
Do You Need Wheel Alignment? May be yes, may be not. It depends on the degree of Toe, Camber and Caster.
Second question is, if you do need alignment, what kind of package price should you choose? Because not all cars make the alignment adjustable, you may not want to pay the standard price without getting the benefit.
My car has over 150K miles & has never been aligned. The camber and caster are not adjustable by design. The toe is only marginal out of alignment, but in order to save my viewers money and time I decided to go through the professional alignment anyway. This video will show how the alignment is done in a shop with the state of the art laser machine.
If you have a Honda Accord & want to know the valid degree range, it is shown at the time 12:50 of this video.
How to Change the Front Brake Pads on a Honda Accord
1 Park your Accord & engage its emergency brake (because emergency brake only applies to rear brake).
2 Remove wheel: loose nuts using lug wrench, lift the Accord’s front end off the ground using your jack and remove the nuts, and wheel.
3. Examine the Accord’s brakes, if you notice the rotor is deeply worn, scratched or gouged, you’ll need to have it resurfaced or install a new one. This video is about replacing the brake pads only.
4. Take a look at the back of the caliper. There are two bolts securing it against the rotor. Remove the bottom bolt, using a 12-mm socket wrench. Of course, turn the bolt counter-clockwise to remove it. You may now be able to simply lift the caliper upward, pivoting it on the top bolt. If not, try loosening the top bolt just a bit and try lifting it up again.
5. Examine how the old brake pads are positioned within the caliper bracket. Again, I find it easier just to take a photo of how everything looks so that you can correctly position the new pads. Once you’re clear on how it’s all put together, remove the old pads.
6. Use a C-clamp to compress the piston inside the caliper. Make sure you put an old pad between the surface of the piston and your clamp. The old pad will prevent damage to the piston. Sometimes pushing brake fluid back through the system may cause the master cylinder to overflow. You may simply use a rag to clean the drip.
7. Swing the caliper back down and bolt it into place. The “flexible” bolt housing may be in the way. Of course, if you removed only one bolt, tighten it snugly. If you removed both, remember to tighten both.
8. Bolt the wheel/tire back into place and lower the Accord to the ground. Once the Accord is on the ground, tighten the lugs.
9. Move to the other side and repeat the process to change the brake pads. You must always change both left and right brake pads. Never change just one side. When you’re finished with both left and right brakes, open the Accord’s hood and find the master cylinder. Clean any drips, look at the master cylinder. If you’ve lost any brake fluid, refill it.
How To Change Manual Transmission Fluid Honda Accord. This is a Honda Accord 2004, manual transmission.
First the manual transmission does not have the dipstick for you to pour the fluid in.
Secondly, you need to find the fill bolt and drain plug.
Third, the car need to be on flat surface while you are filling the fluid.