This was one of those jobs I told myself I would never do again. So naturally, when I wanted to change out the cheap factory speakers, I thought, “Why not?” The packages of sound deadening, available now as an Amazon Basics product, kept taunting at me until I did some rudimentary math (which is, of… Continue reading Sound Deadening, 2022 Edition
Rally survivor’s guide for solo travelers
A road rally, such as the Lemons Rally, often involves elements of deciphering clues and being aware of and constantly searching the surrounding areas to find checkpoints, in addition to several hours of driving. It is a good idea to have a co-pilot who can assist with some of those tasks. Yet, many of us… Continue reading Rally survivor’s guide for solo travelers
Tip for valve cover Heli-Coils
In the past, I had to use Heli-Coils since a previous mechanic had gotten overzealous and overtightened the valve cover bolts, which stripped them out. When I installed a couple of Heli-Coils last time, I ended up ruining a couple of the coils since they did not go into the hole easily. This time, however,… Continue reading Tip for valve cover Heli-Coils
Visited the Supermarket of Necessary Evil
Or in other words, I went to Harbor Freight today. 😁 Depending on what you buy there, the quality can be fairly good. Check out the Wrench Every Day channel on YouTube, where Jared and Tavarish have been comparing tool sets, and another episode where Jared compares some of their welders. For my purposes, when… Continue reading Visited the Supermarket of Necessary Evil
What kind of bike rack can I use on my CR-V, and how many bikes can I haul?
This is a companion piece to the trailer hitch ratings post I made a few days ago. Given that the CR-V has a rear-opening hatch, choices in racks are limited. In the past, before I owned a CR-V, the bike rack I owned was sold by Trek, and would strap to your trunk lid. The… Continue reading What kind of bike rack can I use on my CR-V, and how many bikes can I haul?
Trailer hitch ratings and classes for the Honda CR-V explained.
A question that comes up often is what the capacity of the hitch on the CR-V is rated at. Honda’s OEM hitch is a Class I hitch. I installed a Class III hitch on mine, to get the 2-inch receiver. But what does that mean in terms of capacity? Think of it this way–regardless of… Continue reading Trailer hitch ratings and classes for the Honda CR-V explained.
Don’t fire the parts cannon. Diagnose first!
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen someone try to fix their car by reading an OBD-II error code, hopping online, and throwing all sorts of new parts at the problem hoping to solve it. Sadly, that is how some repair garages do their work! Reading and immediately reacting by guessing at bad parts… Continue reading Don’t fire the parts cannon. Diagnose first!