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Hermans 2002 Nissan Altima Service Log
Friday, 14 July 2006
88050 km
Topic: Oil change
Mobile1 engine oil and OE Nissan Filter.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Saturday, 13 May 2006
89000km
Topic: Paint
Washed, cleaned (Meguiars Step 1) and waxed Meguiars Tech Wax ($29.99 from Crappy Tire). End result was brilliant.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006 9:19 PM EDT
Sunday, 30 April 2006
87727km
Topic: Brakes, front
Warning:
Do not touch brake pedal during procedure. Piston may pop out of caliper.

Parts needed:
- 2 new rotors. I went with Raybestos PG Plus ordered from ctamotorsports.com in Brampton: $99 each.
- 1 set of 4 pads. I went with the Hawk HBS HB268F665 from http://www.northernmotorsport.com/ in Hamilton: $89.99 $5 shipping.
More parts choices are listed here

Tools needed:
- wd40 or similar could have been applied 1-2 days before, but is not possible due to the fact that bolts are not exposed and therefor liquid is not going penetrate enough.
- steel wire
- 22mm long hex key. Both the 22m hex key and socket felt a little big. A 21mm was too small. I asked Atlas Machinery, they did not have anything in the middle of 21 and 22mm, not even in imperial. Google search showed a few 21.5mm available on the marked, but this is very odd.
- an old brick
- 22mm socket (preferably of impact type)
- caliper lubricant (like Permatex brand)
- C-clamp, a 6" clamp gives more freedom
- 2 cans of brake cleaner
- 6 rolls of papertowels or similar



Procedure for front brakes:
- Raise car and take off wheel.
- Remove hub to caliper bolts by first loosing it with the hex key and old brick, which served as hammer for the occasion. One bolt was severly freezed, and I used the 22mm impact socket, 12" long extender where end of it was lifted by garage jack. My extender had a slight bow to it before screw started moving... scary situation.
- Always keep the thin shims that sits on them unless they are rusting totally apart, even if there is no need for them for the new pads. If that is the case, go buy some new ones. It is not a total must to buy them, but they do reduce brake squeel, so yes they do serve a purpose.
- Clean off all parts
- Remove lid on brake fluid reservoir. Note that there is two reservoirs located in the area, the higher one is hydralic clutch, the lower one is for for brakes.
- Press in piston using C-clamp. Brake fluid came out of reservoir and dripped onto front subframe then to ground. There was about 20-30ml (~ 1 ounce) coming out. Probably good idea for next time to be prepared for a mess like this. I used a turkey baster to level down to MAX again.
- Clean off new rotors
- Attach caliper grease where pad and bracket meets.
- Pads and rotor must be kept grease free, else you must go out and buy a new one. Not cheap.
- Grease screws as well and mount it all.
- Put brake reservoir lid on.
- Press brake pedel 5-10 times, the first couple of times it will be very spongy.
- Bed in the new pad/rotor combination.

Painting:
I took the time to paint calipers using blue colored caliper paint from DupliColor. It is a lot more appealing color and finish than the similar VHT product.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006 8:57 PM EDT
Sunday, 2 April 2006
87040km
Topic: Paint
Paint cleaning lower side of driver side behind rear wheel, rear bumper, passenger side front and rear lower door panels.


Posted by hanker at 8:53 PM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Sunday, 2 April 2006 8:56 PM EST
Tuesday, 28 March 2006
87025km
Topic: Oil change
Mobile1 engine oil and OE Nissan Filter


Posted by hanker at 6:10 PM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006 6:12 PM EST
Wednesday, 22 February 2006
86305 km
Topic: Tires
2 new 205/60/16 winter Kumho K17 installed on fronts. They were bought from "Scarboro Kia and OK Tire" 416-266-066 for $122 each. Rears are still 215/55/60 Michelin Artic Alpin.


Posted by hanker at 12:08 PM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2006 12:25 PM EST
Thursday, 16 February 2006
86209 km
Topic: Rear suspension
Replaced rear cross member as part of Nissan recall. Sway bar, springs, shock absorbers and end-links were not changed.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
86298 km
Topic: Brakes, rear
Replaced rear rotors ($110.37 each) and pads ($107.88 a pair) with OEM Nissan parts.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Monday, 19 December 2005
85351km
Topic: Oil change
Mobile1 oil, OEM filter.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Monday, 1 August 2005
82010 km
Topic: Oil change
4L Mobile1 oil and Nissan oil filter P/N 15208-65F00. It comes with a new copper washer for drain bolt.
Oil filter located in front of passenger side drive shaft, behind fender liner.
Drain bolt is needs 14mm socket to open and is located at rear side of sump.
If Altima is NOT raised on the front wheels, my black drain container with yellow funnel has to be squished under subframe and exhaust manifod. It was crampy to loosen bolt and get funnel in the right place. Not easy when funnel has to be under before bolt is of.
Maybe I'll increase tire pressure next time to get some more room.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 27 January 2006 9:13 PM EST
Thursday, 30 June 2005
81340 km
Topic: Tires
Threw away stock all season tires (Bridgestone Turanza 215/55/17). Goodyear Eagle F1 in size 235/50/17 was mounted on. They are summer tires, slightly wider than stock. An upgrade if you ask me.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Saturday, 2 July 2005 5:54 PM EDT
Wednesday, 15 June 2005
80000 km
Topic: Coolant change
Car is passing 2years now, time for coolant change. Time to do some preps. First off was taking off the lower engine cover. (I'll be looking for some nylon screws next while - Home Depot) Those 10 pins are a pain to get off. Pins are supposed to be replaceable by pulling center section off. I ended up using metal scissor on them. Locating drain hole in rad was not obvious, but at least there was one - Philips star shaped on the passenger side.

On earlier cars I have done flush technique with open drain and keep pooring in on top with destilled water until water is clear. Tecnique is fine, but drain hole is too big, more fluid gets drained out compared to what can be poured through rad cap. Next time, I think I will buy a new rad drain plug and drill it up to half the diameter.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Saturday, 18 June 2005 7:50 PM EDT
Friday, 20 May 2005
79916 km
Topic: Engine
New engine air filter NAPA Gold 6116


Posted by hanker at 12:05 PM EDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Saturday, 18 June 2005 7:46 PM EDT
Thursday, 24 March 2005
79138km
Topic: Oil change
Mobil1/TVI-4620 filter


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 20 May 2005 12:08 PM EDT
Friday, 21 January 2005
77940 km
Topic: General
Replaced original passenger side wiper with "Performance Aero" wiper. There was now an aftermarked Bosch (17.3" length) wiper on the Altima, which was now worn out. The listed size at CanTire was 17". (Sidenote: The driver side was listed at 24").
The 17inch "Performance Aero" wiper seemed short from mount point to bottom of windshield. It seems to leave a triangular spot uncleaned on bottom/middle of windshield.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006 9:25 PM EDT
Saturday, 15 January 2005
77835 km
Topic: Upgrade
Replaced the stock Philips H1 halogen bulbs with Philips Vision Plus bought from http://www.performancebulbs.co.uk


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink
Updated: Monday, 31 January 2005 8:56 PM EST
Friday, 7 January 2005
77700km
Topic: Paint
Cleaned with Mequiars clean step 1. One layer of Meqiuars Gold Class Wax.


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006 9:29 PM EDT
Thursday, 25 November 2004
76450 km
Topic: Oil change
Oil/filter change Mobil-1 fluid/Nissan filter


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Friday, 20 May 2005 12:07 PM EDT
Wednesday, 17 November 2004
76354 km
Purchased at 401 Dixie Nissan


Posted by hanker at 12:01 AM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Sunday, 23 January 2005 8:01 PM EST

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