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I went face up like the donut was. The donut had never been removed or used. Yeah I cant get to the valvestem but, I keep a portable air compressor in the Pilot.
 

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I went face up like the donut was. The donut had never been removed or used. Yeah I cant get to the valvestem but, I keep a portable air compressor in the Pilot.
Face up?
But, but..
The valve stim will get dusty that way. :p
 

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Pick up 3 jugs of VML today and ordered a Wix trans filter in preparation for a Transmission service/flush. At 120k I feel its the right time to drop in some synthetic fluid and the research I've done looks promising. Will also be changing the oil + Wix XP filter and air filter.

I've recently been getting into detailing my vehicles myself. Ive been trial and error a few products. First picture is the result of Turtle wax wet spray wax. Love that stuff. These two Meguiars products blew me away though.
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The orange one with a carpet brush took out ALL my stains! 😀 Even the really old coffee stains came out after a vigorous scrub and drying with a microfiber. It also cleans the interior panels very well. Removed stains the regular meguiars cleaner couldn't remove. It also leaves the interior smelling great.

The red one is a spray and rinse deal. It will immediately start removing brake dust, dirt, grime, etc. After 30 seconds you just spray ot off throughly. It states NOT to let it sit too long or it can damage the wheel finish. I did a before and after with this one. I used my old 90's Mazda thats been sitting for years. I just sprayed this on a dry rim and heres the result with miniumal effort.
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Hope this information helps other Piloteers with DIY detailing.
 

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Knocked out the Denso radiator swap and coolant flush. Everything went smoothly with disassembly and reassembly. The bumper came off easy actually. I think I was hashed after the timing belt service in the past and wasnt thinking straight lol. Anyways after everything was put back together. I turn the key and nothing but a click 😒. Had to recruit ny neighbor to give me a ride to the zone for a starter. After that she fired right up. This is the second vehicle I've owned that had a electrical component take a crap after disconnecting the battery. On my old escort it smoked the relay box some how while installing a stereo lol. Oh well lol at least she fixed now. Next will be engine oil service, VML trans service + filter, and wix air filter. All in preparation for our eastern sierras road trip at the end of the month. Now that the national forests are open in California again hopefully i can plan the Mill creek bypass trip as well.
 

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Currently running Royal purple Max fuel system cleaner (The stuff Scotty Kilmer recommends) through Rondas fuel system. At 100 miles in the idle and acceleration are noticeably smoother. I used the same stuff on the Lexus and 3 tanks of fuel later @ 172k mileage shes running smoother then ever. This particular year of RX350 has very noisy injectors and the dealer states its normal. And its never effected how it drives. Yet, the noise is completely gone 😳. I didnt expect that and now at idle shes nearly silent and smooth. I highly recommend this stuff just off that alone
https://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-e...purple-max-clean-fuel-cleaner-20oz/455622_0_0
 

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Currently running Royal purple Max fuel system cleaner (The stuff Scotty Kilmer recommends) through Rondas fuel system. At 100 miles in the idle and acceleration are noticeably smoother. I used the same stuff on the Lexus and 3 tanks of fuel later @ 172k mileage shes running smoother then ever. This particular year of RX350 has very noisy injectors and the dealer states its normal. And its never effected how it drives. Yet, the noise is completely gone 😳. I didnt expect that and now at idle shes nearly silent and smooth. I highly recommend this stuff just off that alone
https://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-e...purple-max-clean-fuel-cleaner-20oz/455622_0_0
Always happy to hear about a snake oil that works, I am. :)
 

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Currently running Royal purple Max fuel system cleaner (The stuff Scotty Kilmer recommends) through Rondas fuel system. At 100 miles in the idle and acceleration are noticeably smoother. I used the same stuff on the Lexus and 3 tanks of fuel later @ 172k mileage shes running smoother then ever. This particular year of RX350 has very noisy injectors and the dealer states its normal. And its never effected how it drives. Yet, the noise is completely gone 😳. I didnt expect that and now at idle shes nearly silent and smooth. I highly recommend this stuff just off that alone
https://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-e...purple-max-clean-fuel-cleaner-20oz/455622_0_0
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:unsure: Not sure if I've heard of it.

:whistle: I just run a bottle of the cheap Lucas stuff every oil change. $4.99
Ive used the Lucas stuff alot aswell. Ive just never noticed any changes in performance off of it. Not saying its bad, the guy who taught me to build engines swears by lucas product's. We built performance engines using the Lucas zinc additive pushing 1100 hp+ and we had very failures. None caused but the additive at least. This Royal purple stuff is in a different league hence the price. Plus the bottle is pretty big compared to the Lucas. Like 3x or 4x the size. The volume could have something to do with it as well. Honestly, I think either fuel system cleaner is better then nothing these days.
 

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It looks like I'll need a RL trailing arms and knuckles for the rear end. Assuming the same and possibly the struts for the front. I think the RL front knuckles strut bolt pattern is slightly different. Waiting for a RL to hit my local yard so I can grab one to test fit.
 

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So the other day I moved Ronda to my 2nd driveway because we get high winds and my tree needs to be trimmed lol. Anyways when I backed her off the curb (2nd driveway has no ramp cut in) i eased her down at an angle so the front wouldn't slam the curb. She shook pretty good but came down just fine. I noticed the PS pump moaning and groaning like Joy Behar. I popped the hood and confirmed. I spun the wheel back and forth a few times and it immediately went away. I assumed I milkshaked the fluid when shook the truck and caused some air pockets in the system. Fired her up today at 6am 42 degrees outside and shes groaning again. I figured the pumps probably hashed or on its way out. Take the teens to school and get home shes completely fine again 😑. Inspected the pump and its visually fine and its a strong swirl in the reservoir so shes pumping strong. I decided to flush the fluid out and go from there. Flushed it out with a couple bottles of Autozone Honda PS fluid and its definitely steering better already. Old fluid was clear but definitely brown with no metal shavings. Ill drive it a bit more then flush it one more time. Hopefully thats the last of it.
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So the other day I moved Ronda to my 2nd driveway because we get high winds and my tree needs to be trimmed lol. Anyways when I backed her off the curb (2nd driveway has no ramp cut in) i eased her down at an angle so the front wouldn't slam the curb. She shook pretty good but came down just fine. I noticed the PS pump moaning and groaning like Joy Behar. I popped the hood and confirmed. I spun the wheel back and forth a few times and it immediately went away. I assumed I milkshaked the fluid when shook the truck and caused some air pockets in the system. Fired her up today at 6am 42 degrees outside and shes groaning again. I figured the pumps probably hashed or on its way out. Take the teens to school and get home shes completely fine again 😑. Inspected the pump and its visually fine and its a strong swirl in the reservoir so shes pumping strong. I decided to flush the fluid out and go from there. Flushed it out with a couple bottles of Autozone Honda PS fluid and its definitely steering better already. Old fluid was clear but definitely brown with no metal shavings. Ill drive it a bit more then flush it one more time. Hopefully thats the last of it.
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Your the first on the forum I’ve known to use AutoZone Honda PSF. Let us know how it goes. Ty
 
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Your the first on the forum I’ve known to use AutoZone Honda PSF. Let us know how it goes. Ty
Ive used it in the past. Stuff works just fine. Ive honestly never used the Honda Oem stuff. As long as it has all the required vitamins and science I figure its good enough for ol' Ronda.
 

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Ive used it in the past. Stuff works just fine. Ive honestly never used the Honda Oem stuff.
Makes me wonder if, or to what extent, that may have had something to do with your problem. I've jumped my share of curbs and swayed wildly over unpaved back roads, but it's never affected my PS pump. Guess I'll stick with OEM. There, I said it. :D

I noticed the PS pump moaning and groaning like Joy Behar.
Not being familiar with the ladies on The View until just now, it was with great trepidation that I googled her after that description. :)
 

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Makes me wonder if, or to what extent, that may have had something to do with your problem.
I hadn't touched the PS fluid since I purchased her. Not sure what was in there before. It was fine until the temperature dropped and I aerated the fluid. Im going to start her up completely cold soon and see if it improved.
 

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Yeah she still groaning when its cold then clears up once it's warmed up. Im going to swap the pump out. We have a long road trip in 2 weeks and I dont want to change it on the side of the road. Seems everything else was just a coincidence lol.
 

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You've probably already thought of this, but the O-ring on the suction side is notorious for leaking air. Cold weather could be making yours inflexible. It's a quick fix if you want to try something before doing the whole pump, and it's easy to replace the suction hose at the same time.
 

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You've probably already thought of this, but the O-ring on the suction side is notorious for leaking air. Cold weather could be making yours inflexible. It's a quick fix if you want to try something before doing the whole pump, and it's easy to replace the suction hose at the same time.
Tbh no, didn't know that about the pilot yet. Ill grab a O ring kit and give it a shot. Once the damn things warm its completely fine. So this might actually be the issue. Appreciate it pal.

Update: looks like ill have to order the kit through work for the Honda pump.
 
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