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Category Archives: maintenance


Kwik-lift ramps. Tool fantasy fulfilled

So I’ll start with saying I have wanted these for a long time. If you’re not familiar with the company check out The gist of it is that they are ramps, you drive the car on to and then jack up the low side via cross bar. Then there are fold down legs that […]

Alternator replacement, swapping out the strangled hamster for the juicy swizzle stick

So the old alternator was giving up the ghost. Flickering battery light when coming to a stop and a horrendous noise that sounded of a chorus comprised of a thousand strangled hamsters.  

DIY battery cables

I can't take credit for this method, but it does work well, I'm doing it, so might as well write it up..  

Bracing the floppy floppy cargo cover

If you have hauled anything heavy or maybe the previous owner wasn’t so careful, you probably had a spare tire cover that shared some similar structural properties as a pringle.  

Up front strutting

The continuation of the suspension work. This time sorting out the front. Finally done with it, so let’s just get right in to the write up while I still have the energy.

Control your arms, on the down low. + springy struttin

In making this thing not such a wallowing hippo on the road I’ve decided to take on the installation. This is the first time I’ve dug into this, and found that it wasn’t too terrible of an undertaking. Though that is a reason I bought an easy to work on Civic. On with the show.

Rear trailing arm bushing replacement. The red donut!

The bushing in my rear trailing arm was shot so I decided to put in these from energy suspension. It is fortunately not an overly complicated task to get this Japanese sex toy looking thing into the rear trailing arm, though it is a bit of a drawn out process.

Change your fuel filter!

Do you know when your fuel filter was changed last? If the answer is no, change the damn thing. I should have done this as soon as I bought the wagon, but check this out… Grosssssss! That's what came out of the filter.