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Old 25 Nov 2007, 01:04 pm
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Default New female mechanic and 1992 Acura Integra RS owner - Needs help!

Hi there. Like my title read, I am a new Integra owner and Im having a few problems with my car. I took a year and a half long mechanics course that ended in the Spring and Im currently working at Walmart in their garage. Not doing much more than oil changes and tires though so Im afraid that all my newfound knowledge isnt getting very much practice. I will list the problems Im having from the most pressing. Im hoping someone out there can help me out. Its getting cold and I dont get much time off (its tire season here in Quebec) so any information I can get on them might help me make the repairs as painless as possible.

1. Windshield washer: the tube that runs from the spout (attached to the hood - where the fluid sprays onto your windshild) is disconnected at the far right side of the hood (when facing the uplifted hood from the front of the car). My husband pulled on it and it seemed to come up from under the top of the fender on the right (facing same direction as before). I removed the 3 screws holding the fender and it still wont budge much but I can lift it and see that there isnt any lines running under there? I cant see much from under the car - I removed the plastic panel under the reservoir but there are two fluid lines connected from underneath and I want to tug on one to get hold of the other end of the line so that I could at least get tubing and attach the two ends but I can barely see it and Im afraid to tug at the wrong one (other one is coolant Im assuming). Any idea how I can find the other end without removing too much and lying down in the cold for hours on end? It has snowed a couple of times and the roads are wet...making driving a little hazardous right now. I have today and tommorow off work and I have my own tools. Any help is appreciated.

2. My car doesnt seem to recognize when its in Park (the light on the dash often doesnt come on - in other gears as well but park is the wierdest). Ive been going through other threads and someone suggested removing the middle console (which would mean removing the bottom portion of both sides of the dash) and either adjusting the cable or checking to make sure the switch isnt loose or lacking lubrication. Can anyone else suggest this or similar? Again...I dont have to spend more time than I need to.

3. My car is making a huge creaking noise. Its even worse when its cold but doesnt disappear once its warm either. My husband says he thinks its a control arm that is going on it. I dont understand why it would make the noise that it does though and can I do something to hide the creaking until the spring when I plan to do more maintenance on the car?

4. Driver side door and window. My window on the driver side is really loose and it rattles. Ive taken the door panel off and noticed that there is a white plastic piece that goes up and down with the window lever and holds the window in place - it was broken. Where can I get another one of those for a car thats almost 16 years old? Its also scratched the window and it looks awful.

When I first got this car (got a deal in the spring for $500) I was so excited to be driving it, but the problems have started to appear one by one and Im starting to think that it wasnt such a smart buy - especially since I am lacking experience to fix everything and I hate depending on my husband to do it for me.

Any help I can get here will be greatly appreciated. Im looking forward to hearing from someone asap. Thank you.
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Old 26 Nov 2007, 08:57 am
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Default Re: New female mechanic and 1992 Acura Integra RS owner - Needs help!

Wow....nobody has any suggestions for me? While I was reading through old threads yesterday I got the idea that this would be a GREAT place to get some help with my car.
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