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Old 11-25-2019, 09:39 PM   #311 (permalink)
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Well I feel like a dufus. Turns out my clutch fluid was low - almost empty, in fact. Bleeding the system and refilling the fluid and I should be good to go. Guessing I have a tiny leak in the line somewhere, so I might replace the line over break if it does turn out to be a leak.

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Old 11-26-2019, 08:46 AM   #312 (permalink)
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I would check your master and slave cylinders before I threw a line at it. It was pretty common on the 90's civics for them to be leaking very slowly, I'd imagine insights probably aren't much different in that regard.
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That's pretty good news! No need to pull the trans out is always good news.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:29 PM   #314 (permalink)
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Been a while since I've been online! College has been busy. Still driving the Insight and loving it. Car has over 270K now.

No new mods but I really want to replace/repaint the front bumper and put some coating on it this summer since the stone chips that were on it from when I bought the car are really starting to bug me aesthetically. Plus I never had time to wash/wax and vacuum the car before driving back down to college after winter break so the car is dirty and that bugs me too.

Also the rear brakes went out about a week or two ago so my braking power is limited and I have to be careful where I park. Apparently watching tutorials on youtube about drum brakes wasn't enough, and the rear brakes were somehow not put back together right after I replaced one of the parking brake cables. Will be fixing in a few weeks over spring break. Everything else is running great; bleeding the clutch completely fixed the shifting issue from earlier.

I'll update my fuel log soon; I've been tracking most of my mpg but haven't uploaded it here yet.
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Be careful that you get the auto-adjuster levers on the right way with the rear drums or they will auto-adjust the other way. Ask me how I know.
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Be careful that you get the auto-adjuster levers on the right way with the rear drums or they will auto-adjust the other way. Ask me how I know.
That might be, I'll see if I can figure out what I did wrong when I mess around with it over spring break before taking it apart. For about a week before they went out I noticed excessive scraping from them whenever I used the brakes, as if they were going bad or weren't tight enough, but braking was fine. And when I resumed driving, there would still be a scraping for about 30 seconds after I had resumed, as if they weren't fully releasing. Maybe I just need to replace the rear drums. Whoever told me that drum brakes are easier to service than disc brakes is dead wrong.

Does Nathan still run without rear drums? The braking at speeds below when I can use engine braking is cut in half and I can't imagine driving with it that way regularly.
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I thought he was running ONLY rear drums?

If you get a new hardware kit for your drums, don't trust Amazon to know what parts fit. I ended up reordering the individual components from Honda. I think they aren't bad to work on once you've pulled them apart enough to fully understand where everything goes, there just seems to be a much steeper learning curve.
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Yeah, Nathan took the front rotors off!

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