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Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 06-18-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,071
Posted By RC99TL
I'm creeping up to 240k and have replaced one...

I'm creeping up to 240k and have replaced one condenser and 2 radiator fans.
All spun fine. Take them apart and the armature and brushes are just black dust.
Rarely the relay.
Now on an old VW it...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 07-22-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 845
Posted By RC99TL
It's the radiator/condenser not flowing air due...

It's the radiator/condenser not flowing air due to debris and bent fins.
I just posted this issue last week. Seems like our cars are coming up to a radiator service point! I hosed out the radiator...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 07-10-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,880
Posted By RC99TL
Before you keep checking the coolant, thermostat...

Before you keep checking the coolant, thermostat etc. look closely at the a/c condenser.
My 99 with 220k was having the same issue. I had it before when a fan would go bad but it happened over the...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 05-22-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,604
Posted By RC99TL
"I was a mechanic for 10 plus years" -love that....

"I was a mechanic for 10 plus years" -love that.
Listen to the members here - you are in fact getting responses from the most educated and experienced owners on the site. Most of us don't just post...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 05-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 586
Posted By RC99TL
Go to autozone or the like and get the code read...

Go to autozone or the like and get the code read -they do not charge for that.
However basic code readers are inexpensive. I got mine for $30 and it has paid for itself times over!
The OBD port is...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 04-19-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,984
Posted By RC99TL
Here ya go: ...

Here ya go:
http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/techinfo/spark_plugs/installation.asp
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 04-19-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,984
Posted By RC99TL
Just looked at the pics again and it looks like...

Just looked at the pics again and it looks like the crush washers on the plugs are not very "crushed".
Could be you are leaking compression - especially when cold and that could be a cause of the...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 11-12-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,536
Posted By RC99TL
Where is the leak? Is it on the drivers side sort...

Where is the leak? Is it on the drivers side sort of under your feet?
If so the pinion seal may be bad and it will leak when the car is not running more than when it is.
To test, lift the front of...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 08-16-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,515
Posted By RC99TL
I had the same issue just recently. I have just...

I had the same issue just recently. I have just over 200k and when the car was in traffic with the A/C on the temp would rise. The fan was turning but checked closely it was turning much slower than...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 08-03-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,707
Posted By RC99TL
Call around and try the local Honda dealers- it's...

Call around and try the local Honda dealers- it's the same fluid.
I have been getting OEM parts from my Acura dealer since new (13 years, 202,000 thou and still going strong) and they have always...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 08-03-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,707
Posted By RC99TL
Everyone is correct. NO FLush. Just by a case of...

Everyone is correct. NO FLush. Just by a case of DW-1 and swap out 3 qts every day until you get to the last 3 qts of the case and leave that in.
You will have replaced and "cleaned out all remnants...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 05-09-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,337
Posted By RC99TL
Stock bars? Best bet the center bushings are...

Stock bars?
Best bet the center bushings are shot. The end links rarely go with stock bars but the center bushings harden and knock just from age.
If you remove the end links at the bars' ends and...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 05-01-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,941
Posted By RC99TL
It could be bad surface rust. The A/C does exit...

It could be bad surface rust. The A/C does exit near there but it shouldn't cause any issues. If the sub frame is broken or cracked you would have a lot of other issues with vibration and...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 04-25-2012, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By RC99TL
See the Fuel Pressure Regulator Difference post...

See the Fuel Pressure Regulator Difference post near the bottom of the main page.
If your problem is described there it will give you some possible causes and solutions.
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 02-01-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 672
Posted By RC99TL
The KYB's are a bit softer in the front than the...

The KYB's are a bit softer in the front than the original shocks in compression damping so the car has less understeer and a more neutral balance. The rears are about the same as stock.
I found the...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 01-24-2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,288
Posted By RC99TL
You HAVE to use the Honda fluid -generics cause...

You HAVE to use the Honda fluid -generics cause leaks, noise and the thicker viscosity collapses the fine filter at the base of the reservoir. After installing a rebuilt replacement pump I did not...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 12-30-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,642
Posted By RC99TL
Have a good new year everyone. Can't even begin...

Have a good new year everyone.
Can't even begin to describe how great this community is...

thanks.
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 12-30-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,642
Posted By RC99TL
After wiping it all down dust the engine with...

After wiping it all down dust the engine with baby powder and go for a drive. When you come back follow the damp area to the leak(s). When done you can just gently hose the engine off.
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 12-29-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,642
Posted By RC99TL
The front engine cover is sealed with an epoxy...

The front engine cover is sealed with an epoxy and will weep down around the front pulley and everywhere you see.
Just wipe it all down between oil changes.
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 12-21-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 724
Posted By RC99TL
Exactly. A few years ago Mazda did a silent...

Exactly.
A few years ago Mazda did a silent recall to replace temp gauge sending units as the "enthusiast" real time temp readings sent owners to the service department in droves...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 12-16-2011, 08:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 676
Posted By RC99TL
Could be the battery OR the alternator. The car...

Could be the battery OR the alternator. The car only really needs the battery to start the engine or run accessories with the engine off.
Once the engine (and alternator) are turning the battery is...
Forum: Second Generation TL (1999-2003) 02-23-2010, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,571
Posted By RC99TL
If it is the starter it is super-easy to replace....

If it is the starter it is super-easy to replace. Remove the battery and plastic shroud. Then disconnect the power lead and the wire going to the solenoid on the starter. Then there are two 14mm...
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