Monthly Archives: July 2019

Servicing the 2008 Acura TSX

Here are a few items can be done easily

Changing the interior dome light bulbs
Flushing the Automatic Transmission Fluid step by step
Replacing the front break pad.
Replacing the rear break pad
Flush the break fluid common tutorial
Another brake fluid flush.
Fixing the windowshield a very clear video by a Carolinian guy.
Changed engine oil

When does one need to check the power steering fluid?

Recently, I feel a little "squeeze noise" when I turn the steering. I thought that it could be the weather as we are entering deeper into the last fall and it gets pretty dried up. Well, I happen to find out that the power steering reservoir is below the "low" mark. I top it up will Honda specific power steering fluid, and it does the trick.

The take home message is that the level of the fluid matters! And, it will cause squeeze if you don't fill it up to the correct level! Lesson learned.  

Install backup camera for my daughter’s car

I have bought two cameras, and I need to make sure they work
I need to purchase a monitor first.
This dual dash monitor has a better review, but I don't need this.
Here is a good video on how to mount a backup camera.
Here is another one which is very good also. 
A guy is working on his Honda Accord and he makes a good video.
Working on the license tag hole.
Could not get a video on Acura, found one for Lexus instead. Basically, need to drill a hole.
To direct the wire to the front, I need to remove the rear seat. And, this video is on 2008 TL, and this is much better.

Install a car dash camera

Need to purchase the equipment first.

To pair the phone via bluetooth

It turns out that I need to erase the "code" before I can proceed and I found this simple video to accomplish this.

Miata NC model (third generation of Mazda Mx-5)

Found a good forum site.
Fuse panel shown here

Fixing the front bumper and grill, found a couple of very helpful youtube videos. The key is to remove the front wheels!

Changing the grill.
You can find one on eBay for a litter more than 100 bucks.
A British guy also show video.
This is better.

Deal the problem with no-start

This is a good link with fair amount of details
My son finds this one, which is also good!
Here is a post on testing the coil, another one here, and, we've got a smart guy who uses the paper click to test the voltage. 
Check misfire here, and it shall be dealt with before the problem gets worse.
Check Miata coils.
After all these research, it turns out that the simplest fix is just to replace the battery. We learned to have differentiate the sounds of "no start" vs. "with crank but no start".

Plaque Psoriasis

Fundamental fact about this disease: Plague Psoriasis

A common knowledge-base portal via Wikipedia provides just enough knowledge.
I like webmd better as it looks closer to scientific oriented write up.
The Mayo Clinic would provide much thorough and unbiased explanation for the disease.

From Mayo Clinic, Psoriasis triggers

Psoriasis typically starts or worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid. Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:

  • Infections, such as strep throat or skin infections
  • Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, a bug bite, or a severe sunburn
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Certain medications — including lithium, which is prescribed for bipolar disorder, high blood pressure medications such as beta blockers, antimalarial drugs, and iodides
  • All about autoimmune related issues

    Wikipedia on TNF-alpha, a cancer related protein: Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha