Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY - Replacement Front Motor Mount 2000 Honda CRV

This is a DIY for a 2000 Honda CRV front motor mount .

First thing you do is remove the bottom of the splash guard .

Once you remove the splash guard you will see the front motor mount - There are 3 bolts holding it down - You will need to make sure you support the bottom of the engine just in case the engine drops a little .

You will notice a difference in the bracket - Make sure you put it on the same way - In this photo will see a black mark to indicate its the bottom .

Once you remove the front motor mount you put it back on the same way .

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Replacing A/C Condenser Fan Honda CRV 2000

This is a DIY on a 2000 Honda CRV - First you remove all the clips on top of the radiator so that the shield can be taking off to see the fan .

Once you remove the plastic shield you will take off the two nuts holding the fan that is to the LEFT of the radiator - The RIGHT side is for the temperature switch . Then you remove the reservoir for the antifreeze .
There is a bracket that holds the radiator down remove those on each side on the top , Then you remove the bracket that is holding the grill and the plastic bumper off to - This way you can lean the radiator forward and pull out the fan

On the bottom you remove the clips that hold the water shield to the vehicle - You need to remove the little drain hose from the bracket of the condenser fan and a plug that is clipped to the bracket .

Once everything is loosen then you pull the radiator forward carefully and remove the fan from the top .

Then once you remove the fan you follow the steps in reverse to put the new fan back - You might have to purchase new clips cause when they are old they break - There is about 25 or more clips better to purchase them from eBay where they are cheaper .

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Removing & Replacing Rear Struts 2000 Toyota Camry

This is a DIY for rear struts on a 2000 Toyota Camry

First you have to remove the bottom portion of the rear seat and then remove the side corners ONLY if you have fold down seats . If you DO NOT have fold down seats you have to remove the entire back seat . This is how you get to the rear strut mounts .

Remove the bolt for the brake line and the rear ABS wire .
Then from there you loosen the strut bottom bolts only removing the nuts
Then remove the rear sway bar links
Once you remove everything above in the photos either place the tire or a block and this is to prevent the rear drum to drop and ripping apart the ABS wire cause the drum will go to almost near the floor . One you secure that then you can remove the bolts that hold the bottom strut

 Then from there you can remove the top nuts for the strut mount and then the strut will drop on the support rear area .

What I found out about this DIY is that the rear springs aren't as difficult to remove with out a spring compressor tool . But if you don't feel safe use one . In my situation I didn't need one and when I put the spring on the new strut I hand pushed it down to put the top nut on .
Remember if using the old strut mounts that the painted point faces towards the direction as the bolts would go in on the bottom of the strut
In the last photo you will see a big fat spacer that needs to go on before the nut goes on the top of the strut .


 Once you have the spring secured on your new rear strut then you can reverse the way you took it off and start putting your struts back .
In my case I replaced the sway bar links .

Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY - Toyota Camry Front Strut Replacement

This is a DIY on a 2000 Toyota Camry - Removing and Replacing Front Struts , Strut Mounts and Sway Bar Links .
If your gonna remove the struts you might as well replace the sway bar links and strut mounts at the same time .
Make sure you use the proper tools - for example use spring compressor to ensure no injury .
Make sure you use jack stands .

As you can see those are the original struts and strut mounts , The dot on the strut mounts indicates the way that the high point should be facing when replacing the old ones with the new ones .

Remove the brake line then there is a ABS wire that you carefully unclip from the strut , then from there you remove the sway bar link .

Then with a impact wrench you can loosen the bolts that hold the strut to the spindle . Do not remove the bolts out completely .

Remember if you do not have a dot to mark the area either scratch a mark or with some kind of paint pen put a mark there , so that if your using the old strut mounts you know how they should be facing when you install them or when you install the new ones you know where to mark those , This is very important because there on  angle and you can put them back wrong .

 In this photo above I etched the bottom part of the base that is under the strut mount and you will be reusing that , they must both be facing the same way .

 Then by using the spring compressor to remove the old spring , Compress the spring then remove the center bolt holding the strut then putting the old spring on the new strut still compressed then putting the bump stops and the dust cover back on before installing the top plate and strut mount , Again etching the strut plate and mount facing towards the same direction as the bottom bolts then you can tighten center nut then release the spring .

As you can notice the mount has a angle .

Then you can install the new strut the same way you removed the old ones . In many situations you do not need a alignment because you aren't removing the outer tie rod but it is best you do a alignment due to camber reasons or at least have it checked out .

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