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Old 04-25-2017, 02:32 PM   #191 (permalink)
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Changed the oil/filter for the first time since ownership. I went with 0w30 instead of 0w20 because its what I bought, lol. Whoops. I doubt the penalty for this will be much, if anything noticeable (not even sure what was in it before). Also, went with a NAPA Gold filter... noticed it was a good 3/4 inch shorter than the Honda filter that was on it! Odd... but it went on and the car seems fine.

On my Neon, I was able to get 5,000 miles with ease per filter change and 10K on the oil. Wondering if I should do the same here... really curious on one of those oil checking devices.

Also, first time getting the under engine pan off. Looks like, as one of you predicted, I'm seeing some rubbing and wearing in a few small spots. Figure I'd let it make its way through and I'll take care of it at that time.

Finally, I was looking at the radiator position and realized that my symmetrical openings for airflow is really not doing me much. I need to block the passenger side completely and keep the drivers side more-open instead. Will adjust soon.

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Old 04-25-2017, 02:36 PM   #192 (permalink)
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Using Mobile 1 0w20 and 10k+ filters, Blackstone analysis suggested 10k (or longer) changes are easily doable.
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:41 PM   #193 (permalink)
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Using Mobile 1 0w20 and 10k+ filters, Blackstone analysis suggested 10k (or longer) changes are easily doable.


So I'm going to guess that using NOT 10K filters... I'd be best w/ a 5K change on the filter alone.

I think the general idea of lots of engine-off coasting and little/no idling makes out oil last a whole lot longer, anyways!
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:42 PM   #194 (permalink)
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I actually grab HCH1 filters for mine, which are bigger, so a 5k or 7.5k filter should last 10k on the Insight.
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I often wondered whether oil changes should be related to fuel usage, say once for every 250 gallon?
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:49 AM   #196 (permalink)
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I HATE hot weather, but my car loves it! We hit a little bit of a heat wave yesterday and I believe I hit a new record for work-and-back. 7.1 miles total, 97.2 MPG. I can often get 100+ on the way to work, with being plugged in prior for good warmth and a fresh charge on the 12v system, but on the way back, I'm at the mercy of ambient temps, not to mention elevation gains.

So I'm hoping for a fruitful summer. If I have to put up with 90+ degrees all season long, I better get 90+MPG, too!
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Once in a while, I'd pull on my drivers door handle and suddenly, all doors would lock. Finally tired of it, I pulled out the door panel and I saw that my door handle arm inside had crossed the lock arm on the wrong side. I put it around the other side and no more touching! Seems to be happier now. FYI for anybody who runs into this.
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Old 05-12-2017, 02:31 PM   #198 (permalink)
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Once in a while, I'd pull on my drivers door handle and suddenly, all doors would lock. Finally tired of it, I pulled out the door panel and I saw that my door handle arm inside had crossed the lock arm on the wrong side. I put it around the other side and no more touching! Seems to be happier now. FYI for anybody who runs into this.
This exact thing had happened to me, and I fixed it about a week ago.
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7.1 miles total, 97.2 MPG.
Nice. I miss 100 mpg road trips.
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Since stupid Dropbox dumped all my pics, I've had little motivation to update this thread. Without pics, here's what I just did:
1. Pull the passenger mirror mount and made a coroplast/black duct tape cover. Nice and flat, looks good! Used a chunk of 3/4" insulation foam sheet to buffer and ran a bolt through for mounting.
2. Pulled washer squirters out of hood, as well as roof mount squirter and antenna mount. Used aluminum duct tape under all (roof squirter I couldn't find an easy way to do this, so I used some expanding foam for the backer). Then, used some thick coats of plasti-dip (non spray point one, the kind in a can you dip into) to fill it in, leaving it "flush". Doesn't look too bad, just black "spots" now, lol.
3. I bought another interior mirror and a "clamp on spot mirror" to replace the drivers side mirror. Will make another coroplast blank like I did on the passenger side and attach the mirror to that. Should be my greatest aeromod out of all this listed.

If I find the time, I'd like to complete my rear underbelly before a road trip coming up (~1500 miles total). My goal is to try and get my car to hold leanburn at 50+MPH constantly. It sometimes seems to struggle and I can't get but as low as 47MPH w/o too much throttle and kicking it out. Hopefully the "every little bit counts" here will get me to where I need to be. 50MPH is kinda of a minimum for this trip!

Oh, I also re-seated my sparkplugs and checked my VTEC valve, which looked perfectly clean! Woot!

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