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u/whitepk · 1 pointr/auto

I would buy a Haynes manual for your car. If you can't get one from Haynes or Amazon, eBay should have a second hand one for very little. This will give you all the advice and guidance you need on maintaining your car. It will also provide some help on buying tools. It should also allow you to do a lot of 'inspection' work yourself - so I wouldn't bother taking it to the professionals for that unless you find something wrong that you don't think you can handle yourself.

The light thing is normal. As long as they go off when you start the car, that's fine.

In terms of tools, I'd start modestly and then buy extra stuff when you need it. But these are things you will need to get started:

  • Socket set: I would get one that only has metric sockets (as you won't have much use for the imperial ones on modern cars). You will probably need at least the following size sockets: 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 17mm, 19mm, 21mm. German cars use a lot of 16mm but they are fairly uncommon elsewhere. You may need to fill the 'gaps' in as you do more work. Try to get one that is aimed at mechanics as this will have useful extras that you will need such as 'deep' sockets and spark plug sockets. My best advice would be to get a fairly large one with 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" ratchet wrenches (the wrenches are still measured in imperial - the sockets themselves will still be metric). If you can't afford this, a joint 1/2" and 3/8" would do, or maybe just a 3/8" set at a pinch. You don't need really expensive ones but avoid very cheap sets. Expect to pay at least $50+ for a decent set. This one is aimed at mechanics and includes some of the other stuff in the list below. It's at the cheap end of the market but should be fine to start with for occasional work. But if you can afford a better one I would spend a bit more.

  • Screwdrivers: flat head and Phillips (cross-head)

  • A set of hex keys ('Allen wrenches') like this one

  • A set of 'combination' wrenches with one 'open' and one 'closed' end like this.

  • You should also get at least one torque wrench. This makes sure you tighten nuts, etc. to the correct tightness. I may seem like a luxury but I assure you it's not. You'll probably need to cover a range of torques from about 25Nm to 120Nm for basic tasks.

  • Other wrenches such as a water pump wrench, a 'mole grip' and some pliers would also be useful.

  • A rubber mallet is also useful.

  • You will need a jack and axle (axel) stands, too.

  • Good 'medium range' brands like Draper or Laser will be fine and probably last a lifetime for occasional use.

    That should set you up. I'm sure I've forgotten a few things and other people will add useful suggestions. It may seem quite a big outlay on tools at the start but you'll soon get your money back with saved garage bills. You'll probably become more attentive to your car's needs too and prevent many major problems arising. It's not very hard to do basic oil changes, filter changes, brake work, etc. and you might even find that (like me) you come to really enjoy it.

    Good luck!
u/hammertonail · 1 pointr/auto

The number of points refers to the inside gripping surface of the socket.

12 points is more “flexible” in how it can be attached, but 6 point is stronger. I would likely prefer strong in something that large.

One other thing to consider is the material the socketbis made from. “Impact” sockets are built strong to remove stubborn bolts.

Also for automotive applications i would usually buy a deep socket. Not a shallow one.

My choice in this situation would be:

TEKTON 47794 1/2-Inch Drive by 1-Inch Deep Impact Socket, Cr-V, 6-Point

If your man’s friend can keep a secret, you might ask what he has in order to get exactly what he already borrows though. Similarly you can look at his current kit and buy the same brand/style.

Good job with a solid gift. I hope he gives you the same thought.

u/Anthaneezy · 1 pointr/auto

I have the Slime COMP06 Pro Power Heavy-Duty 12-Volt Tire Inflator. Super quiet and really fast. My dad has one that works, but literally takes 10+ minutes to get a tire from 15 to 35 PSI. This one is probably the same as the Vlair one you linked. Dimensionally and the bar is the same.

As far as reliability, these have very great reviews on Amazon. Mine came in a canvas-like sack with a bunch of connectors. Definitely doesn't feel like a throw-away piece of hardware. Though take this with a grain of salt because I've only used mine twice. But I do recommend this one.

Just make sure your lighter outlet has a 15 Amp fuse. If you keep blowing fuses, you might need to wire up directly to the battery.

u/Jimmers1231 · 1 pointr/auto

Here's a decent starter's tool sets. This has all of the basic tools that you should need for basic maintenance.

As far as learning about your car. You've got a good platform to learn on. While I know next to nothing about Hondas, they are very common and you should be able to easily find an active forum where you can read about what other people have done. Here are a couple that look promising from a quick search

Don't be afraid to ask questions. And read a lot and look at youtube videos.

Now, Regarding your current problems... check your transmission fluid. its possible that it may be a little low.

Also, if your car is on "ON" or "ACC" and isn't running, then your check engine, oil, and battery lights should be on.

u/ima_coder · 1 pointr/auto

The old beast isn't going anywhere. Actually part of the problem is that it just sits there under a cover. My wife keeps telling me to just sell it if I am not going to do anything with it. I also have a 12 year old son that is counting down the years until he turns 16. That is another issue altogether.

I have just been unsure of the parts to get to fix it. I think this thread has solved that issue :) ! My uncertainty on what to buy has caused a drop in motivation, but I've been redditing for a while now and only recently became aware of the auto and mustang subreddits.

I do plan on getting me a book on the engine. Do you think this is a good one?

Thanks a lot for all your input.

u/sanimalp · 8 pointsr/auto

AEM makes a CAI bypass valve so if the end of the intake is submerged, the valve opens to bypass the intake higher up where it is (hopefully) not submerged.

The cheapest route is to buy an intake on ebay, then measure the filter it comes with, throw it away, and use the K&N measurement chart to determine what K&N filter is the correct sized replacement part and order that filter. I would guess that route will cost you ~$100 or so, and some time doing research.

You have a MAJOR problem if you live in California and a few other states though, which is that the replacement intake must be carb legal to be driven on the street. Nearly no intakes on ebay are carb legal, and the ones that are include ones some built by AEM and some Injen varieties.

At the end of the day, the cheapest, sure fire thing that won't take a lot of time and fit correctly and securely and is high quality and Carb Legal and look nice and properly engineered to actually work is to just buy the AEM piece. AEM part number 22-417B is likely what you want, and its $121 on amazon, sold by amazon.

Otherwise, if you want to spend the money, the AEM 24-6017C cold air intake and bypass valve will cost you $300.

u/loonidood · 3 pointsr/auto

$300 will get a new head unit , an amp, and a subwoofer. Put this in your car with the stock speakers. Use the hpf control in the head unit to 120hz to take the sub from the stock speakers, and this system will sound great for the money. I'll even help you install it if you're around here. (Greenville, SC)

One more thing you'll need - a sub install kit from Walmart.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/auto

They're very slow. I use a "pancake" type compressor with attached tank from Harbor Freight. $39 with coupon usually. The compressor isn't any more beefy but it has a tank that you can keep filled, so it makes for much faster tire filling.

You can also get an all-in-one combo thingy that has a compressor like that, along with a jumpstart battery, AC outlet, and some other goodies for about 90 bux. Like this:

u/93sr20det · 0 pointsr/auto

Easiest way to bleed the cooling system is this.

If you want to check your head gasket this is an easy way.

u/retardrabbit · 3 pointsr/auto

Well, First off I implore you to extend your patience for that old beast. It looks nice.

Second, look at this image: link

See how the alternator is mounted? It looks a lot like the part that you have been told to purchase.

With a part like an alternator bracket it's not so important that you find the exact part that you had before, it's more important that your new part has bolt holes in the same locations and places your alternator in relatively the same position as the other part. Now if the power steering pump was mounted to the same bracket then you may need a separate bracket for it.

These engines were put in lots of different vehicles so something from a mercury or a lincoln may work fine in your ford.

I have this book which I have found very edifying. It won't help you, but you should look for something similar for ford engines.

u/ElMangosto · 1 pointr/auto

Would this bad boy do the trick? It just interrupts the positive wire and completes the circuit when the button is pressed, right?

The pair of horns are 6A each, so 12A right? I think that button says 50A, am I looking at the right thing? Also, for the run, I think around 10ft, should I use like a 10 gauge wire?

u/csdahlberg · 2 pointsr/auto

I've used a Black and Decker one that works just fine. It works well on either 12V or 120V, but takes a little longer when plugged in to 12V.

u/mrmax1984 · 1 pointr/auto

$15 tire patch kit from your auto-parts store, and this Black & Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator

u/turbodude69 · 3 pointsr/auto

problem solved, you can thank me later

this little gadget has gotten me out of so many rusted bolt situations. if you can't get it out with this, then you're seriously screwed.

*btw, you can find this same set at most autozone/advance auto parts stores.