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[https://www.acura-legend.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=488 OVERHEATING CHECKLIST]<BR> [https://www.acura-legend.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&threadid=488 OVERHEATING CHECKLIST]<BR>
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Revision as of 20:55, 28 February 2007

Contents


SECTIONS OF A-L.COM TO MERGE INTO WIKI

  • Links from Knowledgebase thread - COMPLETED as of 2/27/07
  • https://www.acura-legend.com/2ndgendiy.html - COMPLETED as of 2/27/07
  • Legendtuner.com - COMPLETED as of 2/28/07
  • Leon's G2 FAQ - working on it now. see below
  • Newbie FAQ

    Remaining links from Leon's G2 FAQ need to be validated, categorized, and formatted. Some of this crap is obsoleted by the stuff from the Noob FAQ.

    Maintenance Schedule
    Head Gasket Failure
    OVERHEATING CHECKLIST
    Bayou Chip
    JDM Engine Swap
    ENGINE REBUILD WRITE UP - COPPER HEADGASKETS
    DV8'ed HEADERS
    MORE ON DV8'S HEADERS
    TURBO VS S/C THREAD 1
    SUPERCHARGERS PT2
    JDM MOTORS
    WHY IT CAN/CAN'T BE DONE



     

    Frequently Asked Questions, Common Problems, and Suggested Fixes

    This section specifically covers common problems you may encounter with the Legend and suggested solutions. Basically, if you don't know WHY something is happening with your car, look here. Once you have identified the problem, please refer to the DIY section for detailed procedures on how to fix these problems.

    Body/Exterior

    Clogged windshield wiper nozzle (aka washer fluid squirter)

    a-l.com thread

    Slow Window Rollup
    A: Lubrication

    a-l.com thread

    Rear window does not roll up or down

    a-l.com thread

    Sunroof Rattling or Moonroof rattling

    a-l.com thread

    Trunk Lid Spring Adjustment

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Q: I have water in my trunk or moisture in my tail lights
    A: Replace the tail light gasket. Recommendation: Spend 28c vs $15 by cutting your own out of craft foam. It's the same stuff and costs much less!

    See DIY Repairs Section for Replacement Procedure

    Brakes

    Q: Why is my ABS Light On?
    a-l.com thread

    Real vs Knockoff Brembo Rotor Identification

    Electrical

    Q: My Defroster is not working

    a-l.com thread

    Q: My Steering wheel mounted controls (horn, cruise control, and/or radio buttons) have stopped working.
    A: Replace your clockspring / Cable reel.

    See DIY Repairs Section for Replacement Procedure

    Q: How do I hook up my IPOD or other MP3 player to my factory Bose Stereo?
    Suggested Options: a-l.com thread

    See DIY Modifications and Upgrades Section for Install Procedure

    Q: Why does my car not start or abruptly dies?
    A: If you car doesn't start when its hot or has been left alone for a while (overnight) but starts up and runs great the second time without any problems, check your main relay. The main relay controls your fuel pump and the solder joints within the relay wear out over time. This is a common Honda problem.

    See DIY Repairs Section for Replacement & Reconditioning procedure.

    Q: Why is my speedometer not working or erratic?
    A: Replace your vehicle speed sensor.

    See DIY Repairs Section for VSS replacement procedure.

    Q: Where can I buy Bose Speakers & what part numbers do I need to order?
    A: Buy them directly from Bose

    a-l.com thread

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Q: My car idles low or has a problem maintaining idle.
    A: Clean your Throttle Body & Intake Air Control Valve (IACV).

    See DIY Repairs Section for Throttle Body and Intake Air Control Valve Cleaning Procedure

    Q: Why do I have an fluctuating idle or erratic idle or fluctuating idle when hot
    A: Low coolant in radiator (due to leak), air in the cooling system, vacuum leak, or BHG

    a-l.com thread - includes bleeding procedure
    a-l.com thread - why a large amount of air causes overheating
    a-l.com thread - example of bad radiator cap

    Q: Stripped Oil Pan Bolt or Leaking Oil Pan Bolt

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Q: What is the Mystery Plastic Gunk on front of Oil Pan underneath the timing belt cover?
    A: The Crank Angle Sensor "Potting" (sealing) material is melting off. This doesn't affect the performance of the vehicle so you can safely ignore it.

    a-l.com thread
    See DIY Repairs Section for a refitting/repotting procedure if you insist on rebuilding it.


    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    A/C Squealing on startup (also applies to other belts)?

    a-l.com thread

    Coolant Smell in Cabin
    A: Check your heater core.

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Intermittent A/C Operation (sometimes blows cold air)?
    A: Replace the Fan Control Unit (FCU). This box decides when to engage your A/C compressor and your radiator fans.

    a-l.com thread

    Noisy Climate Control Temperature Sensor Fan (for cars with Automatic Climate Control only)

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Do I need a single or dual outlet water pump?
    A: It appears that a dual outlet water pump is only required if you car has an oil cooler
    a-l.com thread

    List of Possible Places to Develop a Coolant Leak

    Lukewarm (or no) heat from my climate control system
    Suggested Fixes: a-l.com thread

    Interior

    Ashtray Suck Open

    a-l.com thread

    Rattling Rear Deck

    a-l.com thread

    Sagging Sun Visors
    Possible Solution: two different possible causes - one includes pics

    a-l.com thread

    Steering/Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    Q: My AT automatic transmission shifter is stuck!
    A: Follow the diagnostic procedure

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Can I convert my AT transmission to a manual?
    A: Yes, but it's gonna cost money. You are more than likely better off selling your AT Legend and purchasing a 5-speed or 6-speed. If you insist on throwing money away, see theDIY Modifications and Upgrades Section for the Install Procedure.

    Suspension & Tires

    Q: Will XXX wheel/rim fit my Legend?
    A: It all depends on the offset, the center bore of the rims, and how much room you have underneath your fenders. The rims may be bored out and your fenders can be rolled (expanded) but an incorrect offset may cause your wheels to stick out of your vehicle like a clown car.

    Wheel Offset 1
    Tire Size Calculator - to calculate how wide/tall you should go
    a-l.com thread
    See theDIY Modifications and Upgrades Section for the Fender Rolling Procedure.

    Q: What offset do I need to avoid rubbing with aftermarket wheels?
    A: To avoid rubbing, you need to make sure the wheels you get are the following: MINIMUM of +42 offset. +45 and above is higher (This is on a 7.5" wide wheel.) If you go wider than that, you need the offset to be closer to +51, like Fut (18 x 8, +51 offset). Stock offset for the Legend is +65....most aftermarket wheels are in the low 40's to high 30's. Note: Sedans have smaller wheelwells than coupes, so stick with a 215/40 to 225/40 size tire.

    Wheel, Tire, and Offset Recommendations

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Q: Where can I buy XXX wheel/rim?

    World of Wheels

    Q: Where can I find a shop to have my wheels/rims bored out?
    A: Instead of finding a machine shop, try contacting one of the larger wheel & tire shops in your area to see if they have an in-house lathe. The W&T shops with in-house lathes are likely willing to do the job for cheaper.

    a-l.com thread



    Performance/Misc Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is premium gasoline necessary?
    A: No, but your gas mileage (MPG) will suffer so cost per mile-wise, it will be a wash.

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Can I fit an NSX Engine in my Legend? The engine code is similar.
    A: No, the NSX engine is completely different and only shares the oil filter. It's physically wider and won't fit without cutting into the frame rails. It may be possible with $15K-20K but why bother. Please stop asking.

    Q: Can I make my Legend RWD?
    A: No. You might as well put an NSX engine into this car.

    Q: What's the difference between the redline and my rev limit?

    a-l thread

    Q: What body kits are available for the Legend?

    a-l thread

    Q: What options were available from the factory for the Legend?

    a-l thread

    Q: What is VIS and how does it work?

    a-l thread
    picture

    Q: Is it possible to convert a Type 1 Legend into a Type 2 Legend?
    A: Yes but it may not be cost effective to do a complete conversion (Calipers, ECU, engine). The most cost effective conversion would be to just replace the Type-I intake manifold with a Type 2 intake manifold and then re-flashing your ECU. If you insist on spending more cash, you would get more "bang for the buck" by undergoing a 3.2L to 3.5L engine swap. Please refer to the DIY Modifications and Upgrades Section for more details.

    Q: How much HP does my Legend have now or would it have with XXX modification?

    Official DYNO NUMBERS post from The Performance Section

    Q: Where can I get more "serious" internal engine work done?
    Note: This thread dates back from 2002 so this information might not be up to date.

    a-l.com thread on Source for Engine Modification Work

    Q: What do I need to buy to lower my Legend?

    Legend Lowering Suspension Thread

    Do it Yourself Repairs

    This section contains all the links to relevant sections of Acura-Legend.com which contain REPAIR procedures for your Legend. Basically, if you know what you want to fix yet don't know how to do it yet, look here. Eventually (hopefully), folks will port that information back INTO the Wiki directly. Please put all the retrofit and modification links in the other DIY section.


    Body/Exterior

    Bumper Removal

    Bumper mounting tab repair

    Coupe Rear Window (LegendTuner.com)

    Door Handle Removal

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Door Lock Actuator Repair

    Claybar Exterior

    Lower Door Trim Removal

    Door Panel Removal

    Polishing Headlights

    Headlight Adjustment

    Rust Removal DIY - cb7tuner.com thread for 90-92 Accord but same procedure applies

    Sqeaks and Rattles (LegendTuner.com)

    Taillight Gasket Replacement

    Trunk Lock Replacement / Re-keying the Trunk Lock

    Wind Noise (LegendTuner.com)

    Window Motor Repair


    Brakes

    ABS Code Retrieval (with Pics)

    Brake Pad Replacement

    A-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Brake Disc Replacement (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Brake Caliper Removal / Upgrading Brake Calipers

    Brake Caliper Restoration / Rebuilding

    Brake Master Cylinder Replacement

    Emergency Brake Adjustment

    Electrical

    Electrical and Fluid Maintenance

    Bose Amp Repair (LegendTuner.com)

    Bose Stereo and Amp Removal (LegendTuner.com)

    Stereo Head Unit Removal (LegendTuner.com)

    Brake Lamp Indicator Fix

    Clock Spring / Cable Reel Replacement

    ECU and Fan Control Unit (FCU) Removal

    ECU REMOVAL

    ECU Part Numbers

    ECU Codes and how to retrieve them

    Gear Selector Bulb (LegendTuner.com)

    Master Window Switch Fix

    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com)

    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) Reconditioning

    a-l.com thread
    TSB that outlines the procedure

    Main Relay Replacement & Reconditioning

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread with G1 instructions (similar repair procedure)
    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com)

    Window Switch Bulb Replacement

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Cleaning the Throttle Body & Intake Air Control Valve (IACV)

    a-l.com DIY thread
    a-l.com thread with tips
    a-l.com thread with tips
    a-l.com thread with pics
    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Crank (Cam) Angle Sensor - Reconditioning/Repotting with non-metallic Epoxy - one user in the first thread reports no probs with this DIY after 20K mi)

    EGR Valve and Pipe Removal and Cleaning

    Fuel Filter Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread for RL (similar procedure for 2nd gen)
    (LegendTuner.com)

    Oil Change


    Oxygen Sensor Replacement / O2 Sensor Replacement

    PCV Valve Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com)


    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    A/C System Recharge (LegendTuner.com)

    Blower Unit (motor) Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Cabin Air Filter Removal
    Note: You can cut down a HEPA filter from Home Depot vs. Buying the $30 Acura filter. It will work better and be much cheaper.

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread


    Replacing Water By-Pass In Pipe O-Rings and Manifold Removal

    Radiator Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Thermostat Removal and Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    (Legendtuner.com DIY)

    Interior

    Glove Box Removal (Legendtuner.com DIY)

    Center Console/Dash Removal

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Cupholder Repair (LegendTuner.com)

    Dash Vent Replacement

    Lower Dash Panel Removal (for alarm install or main relay replacement)

    Interior Door Handle Repair

    Seat Belt Repair (LegendTuner.com)

    Sedan Door Panel (LegendTuner.com)

    Passenger Airbag Replacement

    Steering/Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    Transmission Trouble Codes

    Tranny Mounts

    Axle Removal

    ATF Strainer/Filter Removal and Replacement

    AT Transmission Flush Procedure (4x)

    Differential Fluid Change

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Differential Pinion Seal Replacement - in linked MSWord Doc

    Steering Wheel Removal- pics are no longer avail

    Steering Wheel Shimmy (LegendTuner.com)

    Suspension & Tires

    Shocks Installation

    Do it Yourself Modifications and Upgrades

    This section contains all the links to relevant sections of Acura-Legend.com which contain performance upgrade procedures for your Legend. Eventually (hopefully), folks will port that information back INTO the Wiki directly. All the JDM retrofit crap belongs here.

    Body/Exterior

    Installing HELLA fogs

    Bumper Light Fog Mod (LegendTuner.com)

    Clear Bumper Signals (LegendTuner.com)

    Clear Corner Signals (LegendTuner.com)

    Custom Clear/Red Coupe Taillights

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Custom Angel Eyes

    Decals. Yes Decals (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Exterior Neon (LegendTuner.com)

    Grille Mod (LegendTuner.com)

    JDM Honda Access Legend KA7 window visor kit (LegendTuner.com)

    JDM Door Sill Install

    OEM Nose mask Kit (LegendTuner.com)

    Painted Taillights

    Sidemarker Installation

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Strobe Lights (LegendTuner.com DIY

    Sunroof Tilt Modification / Moonroof Tilt Modification

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Brakes

    Brake Caliper Removal / Upgrading Brake Calipers

    Wilwood Brake Upgrade

    Painting your Brake Calipers

    A-L.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Electrical

    9005 to 9006 Headlight Conversion
    This conversion allows you to use the brighter "highbeam" bulbs in your existing lowbeam sockets. Why? Ask the ricers.

    (Legendtuner.com)

    CD Changer Install (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Change the tone of your Horn

    GPS Install (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Integrating a Garage Door Opener

    JDM One Piece Headlight Wiring

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread - with HID install

    Run your OEM Foglights during the day

    Projector Headlight Conversion

    Clear Lens Headlight Modification

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Cold Air Intake

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Porting Heads, Polishing Heads, and Cylinder Block Preperation

    Type 1 to Type 2 Intake Manifold Replacement

    Exhaust DIY (LegendTuner.com)

    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    Throttle Body Coolant Bypass

    HOWTO Bleed Air from the Coolant System

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Electrical

    Foglight Button Wiring Information

    a-l.com thread - button suggestions
    a-l.com thread - includes diagrams
    (Legendtuner.com) DIY

    Indiglo Gauge Install

    IPOD/AUX interface installation on a factory Bose Stereo

    Use an Alpine M-Bus CD Changer with the pre-wired cable

    Setup Remote Start with Tilt Steering

    Grounding Kit (LegendTuner.com)

    Venom 400 Nitrous Install (LegendTuner.com)

    Halogen Upgrade (LegendTuenr.com DIY)

    JDM Headlight Wiring Instructions for USDM Legends

    a-l.com thread
    (LegendTuner.com DIY)
    HID in JDM One Piece

    H.I.D. Installation

    HID Review


    LCD TVs in Headrests

    Subwoofer Install(LegendTuner.com)

    Theft Deterrent System Install(LegendTuner.com)

    Video System Install (LegendTuner.com)

    Interior

    Acura MDX Shift Knob Install

    Blacked Out Bezels

    Fire Extinguisher Install (LegendTuner.com)

    Indiglo Gauge Installation

    Lighted Window Switches

    Noise Dampening(LegendTuner.com)

    LED Accessory Lights (LegendTuner.com DIY)

    Power Passenger's Seat Install

    Steering/Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    Automatic Transmission to 6-Speed Manual Transmission SWAP
    2slik4u.com writeup
    a-l.com thread


    Suspension & Tires

    ADDCO Sway Bar shoulder bolt (for install)

    Camber Kit

    FAQ on Rolling Fenders

    Front Koni Shock Installation

    TSX suspension retrofit


    Tie BAR Installation

    LEGEND Tie Bars
    KMS tie bar installation

    External Links

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