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Hi Everyone,

I bought a another 3rd gen last month, paid too much by many peoples standards.. the guy didn't even clean it up before selling it to me. Anyway, I already replaced the windshield and got a speed sensor I plan on installing this weekend. I want to do a few other things this weekend as well. I am starting this thread to ask some newbie questions. Don't bash on me too hard if I might could of found searching, please.

Here is the car,
http://imgur.com/MjJA1yr

First off, I want to know if I replace this bolt if a nut is going to fall into the I mechanical area of the wipers( Of course, right?) . The wiper moves just a little bit, looks like it just needs to be tightened but I want to go ahead and replace the bolt. I'd rather not open up the whole thing if I don't have to.
http://imgur.com/8XVAx6a

Second when replacing the spray nozzles is there anything fragile to look out for.(I am going to take the whole thing off to check the lines)
http://imgur.com/6MfWqH6

Third, what is the frayed hose out in front of the header. I want to replace it. Forth, why did this guy put tin foil around these wires? Was there originally something like a rubber sheath around these?
http://imgur.com/nVcIcVF

and finally fifth, I noticed a wet area. It's not really saturated but looks like old oil. The car doesn't appear to be leaking or burning oil when I check it. What might be causing this leak? http://imgur.com/rOrs79d

http://imgur.com/pruoVXX

Thank you, in advance and I hope this wasn't too much of a facepalm.
 

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First off, I want to know if I replace this bolt if a nut is going to fall into the I mechanical area of the wipers( Of course, right?) . The wiper moves just a little bit, looks like it just needs to be tightened but I want to go ahead and replace the bolt. I'd rather not open up the whole thing if I don't have to.
http://imgur.com/8XVAx6a
No it's just a nut. However that is not the stock nut, that's why it's so rusty. It's supposed to be a closed end nut there. I would soak it in PB blaster for a while before trying to take it off. Hopefully they used a nut with the correct threads and didn't just crossthread something on there.


Second when replacing the spray nozzles is there anything fragile to look out for.(I am going to take the whole thing off to check the lines)
http://imgur.com/6MfWqH6
Follow the instructions in the online manual so you don't break anything: http://1funryd.com/hondapreludemanual1988.pdf


Third, what is the frayed hose out in front of the header. I want to replace it. Forth, why did this guy put tin foil around these wires? Was there originally something like a rubber sheath around these?
http://imgur.com/nVcIcVF
That is the high pressure power steering hose and it is a pain to replace. If you want to make it look better wrap it in header wrap like this: http://mustardcat.brinkster.net/p3g/Misc/Setup/White91Lude/20140710_183713.jpg

That foil isn't around wires it's around the EGR tube. He probably did it because the stock piece looks kind of like that.



and finally fifth, I noticed a wet area. It's not really saturated but looks like old oil. The car doesn't appear to be leaking or burning oil when I check it. What might be causing this leak? http://imgur.com/rOrs79d
Oil in that area is usually due to the inner or external seals on the distributor or CYL sensor. This tutorial shows how to replace the CYL sensor seals, the distributor would be a similar process: http://mustardcat.brinkster.net/p3g/CommonProblemFixes/CYLSensorSealReplacement/CYLSensorSealReplacement.htm
 

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Just so you know, we already have a newbie thread that is very active. You didn't need to make your own thread for that.

A word of advice for some of the work you are planning. Keep in mind that anything plastic that you mess with has probably become very brittle with age. It's likely that anything you try to remove will break or at least crack. The hood garnish (which houses the wiper washer squirters) can be very brittle. I don't really have any advice other than be very careful.
 

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nice lude,

I replaced the hoses going from the washer reservoir to the nozzles. Its retainer clips are available aftermarket cheap. The hose is 4mm. I used silicone hose but the first company I bought from had way to thick of sidewall for the clips. If you want silicone hose I can dig on my computer and try to remember which company I bought from.

It looks like your missing the right jet entirely. I can't tell on the ds. I broke one of these jets plastic tube angle coming out the back of it trying to remove the old hose. It was an expensive mistake because I decided to replace it with new. This was several years ago. It cost me well over $20 after shipping. It was the last one of either side. They are different on the back anyway. They have been long discontinued. Make sure any you get at the scrapyard you slice the hose off length wise off the nipple to remove old hose. Do not under any circumstances tug at the old hose. If at first your slicing does not make it easy enough to remove then slice deeper.

The washer bar has at least one screw holding it on from underneath. Make sure you follow the manual as Dave said. Next be careful prying it loose. I am pretty sure its clips are discontinued too.

Also if you do want to replace the entire line you will have to probably take your wheel off on the driver's side. Maybe not. But you definitely need to remove the splash shield. You can new clips cheap on ebay for that. I can direct you on that if you want. I bought like a 100 of them for like $8 from china on ebay but it takes 2-3 weeks to get here so you should pay a little more and buy from a usa seller if you want them quick. The washer reservoir is behind the front bumper in front of the ds front wheel.

Like Dave said that is your egr pipe that has exhaust gasses coming straight out of the exhaust manifold. It originally had some insulation with a coiled wire holding it on. I suspect it is missing this insulation now but can't tell from the pics.

The ps pressure high pressure hose is a bitch to replace as it wraps around the engine on the backside and tangles down to the front rack and pinion underneath. Sean 1funryd has a powersteering reroute as far as I know he is still selling them. I bought one years ago. Just make sure to paint the pipe so it won't rust you get from him that comes off the pump to his hose. Also make sure it has a reducer in the hose. I think all his does now but Mine didn't come with it and it needs one. Again I bought mine years ago. His reroute isn't cheap but it is a good product and eliminates a fire hazard and cleans up the engine bay.

The oil could also have been from a bad valve cover gasket or the O-rings that mate the distributor to the head and the cylinder sensor on the exhaust cam. These are easy to replace and check. To determine if your distributor or cylinder sensor is leaking internally you will have to remove the caps on each. Replacing these are a lot more complicated as either one has to be torn down all the way internally. The distributor cap you could remove easily with it on the engine but if your replacing the O-rings just as easy or easier to check it then. The cylinder sensor it is much easier to remove its cover with it off the engine.
 
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