The Heat is On

There’s a heat wave kicking everyone’s ass in Cali. With that being said I need to fix this AC problem… NOW. And that means working in this heat… Bring it on.

So from doing some research on my AC issue, I found out it can be throttle body/Fast Idle Valve related; meaning when the compressor kicks on, the fast idle valve isn’t compensating for it by bumping the idle speed up. I also said throttle body because I came across this: https://youtu.be/id26HIyI84U @00:12 is what my van does; the ac clutch kicks around. The dude in the video took the throttle body off and did a deep clean by spraying all the carbon off, while I cleaned it on the manifold. I will do a deeper clean when I get a new throttle body gasket, so for now it’ll have to do.

Here are the before pics

Notice the carbon build up on the valve itself. Now for the after pics

Sure shit it did the trick, kinda. It does kick around a little but it eventually stops, unlike before it’ll kick around and never stop. The AC is working for now, once I get the new throttle body gasket I’ll perform the deeper clean and also replace the fast idle valve while I’m at it to be safe. If anyone decides to clean it without taking it off the manifold, I suggest spraying inside the throttle body and manifold with compressed air when you’re done, that’ll help make all the carb/throttle cleaner evaporate, helping with the start up afterwards.

Stay cool everybody, if you decide to work in this heat like I did today, stay shaded and hydrated! ✌️

FLEX

The Sergeant Race Division fenders are now installed, and the Kanjyozaku is complete. There’s a few things why I nicked named this project that; Char’s custom Zaku II is basically a souped up base model mobile suit, just like my Civic.

Two, it has different shades of red (pink lol). And of course kanjyo for the homage.

The install was straight forward, nothing crazy

This week was full of accomplishments, I hope it’s the same for y’all. Flex!

Something different Part 4

Last week I sent the van out to get some well needed maintenance done. I’m talking about every seal replaced, motor mounts, and timing belts. Of course I sent it to a shop I trust because I don’t have the time nor space to do that kind of work. If y’all in San Diego and need a reputable shop to get work done right, let me know, I’ll point you in the right direction.

The next thing on the maintenance list is something I do have the time and space to do; radiator replacement.

All better. I feel accomplished. However since I installed a new AC compressor last year, the AC still bucks… Definitely a long term path to fix that. In the mean time I will enjoy the van as is, especially since it’s running spic and span.

Sergeant Runner

Not bad for one can of primer, two small rattle cans of touch up paint, and a can of clear coat. Need to hit it with one more can of clear coat and I will feel it’s good to install. Also I heard mixed reviews when it comes to sanding gel coated fiberglass, so what I did was run a green Scotch Brite back and forth to give it a good haze then applied the primer. It works!

How it looks installed

Stay tuned!

Heat

Hot days are here in San Diego. Engine bays get hot! They’re all designed to have hot air escape from underneath the car. Some people op for heat extractors and/or vented hoods to help more hot air escape. Some folks remove the entire splash guard so that hot air blows away faster when driving. I like to keep my splash shield because it helps keep water, rocks and other road debris out, preventing components from getting damaged. And in my opinion I believe the shields help guide air to the engine bay. Since I don’t want to attract too much attention with a vented hood, I decided to use ingenuity. But first, I wanted to guide cooler air to the combustion chamber.

Now for the “engine bay cooler” I removed the OEM windshield washer reservoir and replaced it with a smaller one.

Definitely will help guide hot air out, and it’s also pointed at the exhaust manifold.

Ahhh yeeea! No need to use them as brake cooling ducts, because I am no racer. Never claimed to be. Just a Runner.

“The coolest, I’m so slamming, I’m so slamming, body’s jamming! Bad 2 the bone, you should have known I’m in my own zone!”

World’s End Rhapsody

Wars, viruses, politics, injustice all in our minds nowadays; it can be hard to focus on good things and to be optimistic. Especially love. Love of all forms. The heart only knows love. Even if the world is ending, all of that doesn’t matter if you have a love one by your side to go through it all. You enjoy every single second with that person. Happy birthday to my wife, my love, the mother of our child and my better half. To many more! 🥂

Fun fact: we don’t always eat meat, but when we do it’s for special occasions.