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Changed front side motor mount after getting timing belt replaced. On a prior visit to a an unnamed corporate dinosaur Tire shop that tried to rip me for motor mounts, telling me that a "collapsed" side motor mount was the cause of a radial pull, they told me that they could replace both for the tidy sum of $600. I said no. When the other mechanic brought it to my attention, I decided to replace the mount for about $30 off Amazon. I normally wouldn't buy from them, but I was pressed for time. Oreilly's wanted $102.00 for it. What a ripoff. It was an easy install for a change. We will see how she performs.
 

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I finally got around to bleeding the brakes on the Pilot this morning. The pedal felt a bit spongy the last time I drove it a couple weeks ago, which was my reminder that it was overdue. Then I checked my records and it had been about eight years since I had a shop perform the service . . . oops, I didn't realize that much time had gone by. The old fluid in the master cylinder had a medium brown tinge to it, so I was surprised that the collected fluid in the bottle was more of a greenish brown shade. There was also a bluish colored pasty substance on the bottom of the master cylinder filter. Anyone have a theory to where the bluish and greenish colors came from? Here is a photo of the old fluid. I didn't have my phone handy to take a photo of the master cylinder filter.

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The old fluid in the master cylinder had a medium brown tinge to it, so I was surprised that the collected fluid in the bottle was more of a greenish brown shade. There was also a bluish colored pasty substance on the bottom of the master cylinder filter. Anyone have a theory to where the bluish and greenish colors came from? Here is a photo of the old fluid. I didn't have my phone handy to take a photo of the master cylinder filter.

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Hygroscopicity? If that's even a word?
 

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I finally got around to bleeding the brakes on the Pilot this morning. The pedal felt a bit spongy the last time I drove it a couple weeks ago, which was my reminder that it was overdue. Then I checked my records and it had been about eight years since I had a shop perform the service . . . oops, I didn't realize that much time had gone by. The old fluid in the master cylinder had a medium brown tinge to it, so I was surprised that the collected fluid in the bottle was more of a greenish brown shade. There was also a bluish colored pasty substance on the bottom of the master cylinder filter. Anyone have a theory to where the bluish and greenish colors came from? Here is a photo of the old fluid. I didn't have my phone handy to take a photo of the master cylinder filter.

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This is typical of what old brake fluid looks like. It has absorbed quite a bit of moisture for sure. The pasty stuff at the bottom is corrosion. So ya, don't wait so long between brake fluid flushes. 🤓
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My manual says 6-years - seems kinda long. What’s your preference?
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Yes, I agree, that is to long. I’d say 4 years. I just flushed a 2016 Nissan NV with original brake fluid and it was already dark like the picture above, so it lit a fire under me to check my other vehicles. Color says it all. If it’s darkening replace it even sooner if necessary.
 
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This is typical of what old brake fluid looks like. It has absorbed quite a bit of moisture for sure. The pasty stuff at the bottom is corrosion. So ya, don't wait so long between brake fluid flushes. 🤓
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Yup, definitely planning to do this a lot sooner next time.
And I guess I should check the Tacoma since its brake fluid is the original stuff. The truck is seven years old.
Does the brand of fluid make a huge difference? I used the Autozone store brand on the Pilot.
 

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Yup, definitely planning to do this a lot sooner next time.
And I guess I should check the Tacoma since its brake fluid is the original stuff. The truck is seven years old.
Does the brand of fluid make a huge difference? I used the Autozone store brand on the Pilot.
I’ve always used any low priced Dot 3 I can buy. Dot 3 is synthetic regardless of brand. Never had an issue. Some will advocate moving to Dot 4.
 

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Nope, I-81. Watertown to Central Square.
So, Lake Effect snow. Know I-81 well, too. Got a good friend who shares his time between his two places in Rome and Florence. Not the ones in Italy, the ones near Camden. Not the Camden in New Jersey, the one in Central NY. But if you're there, you probably already knew that. :)
 

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Yep, we're off of 49, across the street from the North shore of Lake Oneida. Yep, know Rome a little bit, and Camden was well. Practically neighbors.
 
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Completed a 470 mile journey with the Pilot today. Noticed a steering wheel shake at 78-80 all the way up to 90+. Also picked up the fun code P0420. Guess I need a new smog device (possibly).
 

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Changed the oil. Did some inspection of things and there was some serious weeping. At first I thought it was ONLY the water pump but noticed it was me as well, contemplating having to d^ck with that thing.

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And at night? Heck with that! Driving on snowy roads just sucks.

Completed a 470 mile journey with the Pilot today. Noticed a steering wheel shake at 78-80 all the way up to 90+. Also picked up the fun code P0420. Guess I need a new smog device (possibly).
Seems like on any vehicle, the p0420 is always dreaded big time.
 

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Completed a 470 mile journey with the Pilot today. Noticed a steering wheel shake at 78-80 all the way up to 90+. Also picked up the fun code P0420. Guess I need a new smog device (possibly).
Emission P0420 or 430 code doesn't automatically mean it needs a new O2 sensor or catalytic converter. Sometimes it's actually accurate, that the engine is not running as well as it should be.
If 2wd, disabling the VCM will make a huge improvement in the overall performance of the engine. This helps keep engine oil out of the catalytic converters.
Has all the basic maintenance been done?
 
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