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On ‎8‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 9:10 AM, chconline said:

Haha, I sure do :P 70K on the odometer.

:lol: Assuming you mean kilometers then no you don't drive your car.

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8 hours ago, TL6MT said:

:lol: Assuming you mean kilometers then no you don't drive your car.

Famous chc line: "I'm a poor student" *owns a car but doesn't drive it* :lol::lol::lol:

You should get him to tell you his stories ;)

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On 8/10/2018 at 11:45 PM, medevacvii said:

Famous chc line: "I'm a poor student" *owns a car but doesn't drive it* :lol::lol::lol:

You should get him to tell you his stories ;)

:P Please tell the stories.

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Just crossed the 80K mark and it seems I'm running into a problem.

Towards the end of October, I felt my handbrake was very loose -- I can engage the first click even if my sleeve gets caught on the handle. I was a little bit suspicious the handbrake was seized, but I did not have time to test. It was not until one night I was driving home that the TPMS light came on. A visual inspection did not indicate anything wrong, but my driver's side wheel was much hotter than the other ones. I jacked the car up to check, and it was exactly what I suspected: The caliper was seized. The TPMS light came on because the extra heat and resistance caused the tire to not rotate at the same speed as the wheels.

I called my regular mechanic, Hu's Garage,  who has always worked on my car since new and he got the caliper replaced by a NuGeon rebuild caliper at 79643km on Oct 29th. A brake flush was completed as well for a total of $360. Things went OK at first, but I noticed by car was having a hard time holding in position on a steep hill, which led me to suspect one side of the calipers were not engaging. I didn't have time to deal with it much until about 2 weeks ago when I noticed by handbrake handle was loose again. I checked the calipers and sure enough, now the passenger's side caliper was seized. It was the exact same problem and it died 3 weeks after the other side died.

I called the mechanic again and he took a look with the car back in the shop on Nov 27th. It was exactly what I suspected it to be; the left caliper was not engaging when the handbrake is pulled and the right side was seized.

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2 days later, he got the parts in and replaced both sides -- the left side under warranty from him -- at 81064km. As it turned out, the quality of the calipers were no good. The handbrake was unable to fully release, possibly due to the spring's lack of strength from the rebuild calipers.

I asked why he didn't use better brands like Raybestos or even OEM, which he said his supplier does not supply Raybestos and OEM calipers were quoted at $450. I was surprised since the dealership only charges $340 (that's the list price) and I could find them at TorontoHondaParts for $270 after the 20% off coupon. I asked if he was OK if I brought in my own parts, which he said he would appreciate -- and he would even install them at no extra charge and even refund me the old calipers.

I ended up buying from TorontoHondaParts. Their online ordering system is no good -- Paypal doesn't work, and it tried to charge me HST but I am from Alberta. A quick call later, and they only charged me 5% GST and a Paypal invoice. $619.36 including taxes and shipping and 5 days later, I got my parts in.

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These are real Honda OEM parts, which costs twice as much as Raybestos from RockAuto, but I think I'll stick with OEM parts haha. Interestingly, they came in new part numbers as follows:

43018-T2M-P00
SUPERSEDES 43018-T2F-A01

43019-T2M-P00
SUPERSEDES 43019-T2F-A01

Probably the old design had issues. Also, I just placed an order for some 2020 maps for my nav. It hasn't been updated since I got the car.

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Raybestos are about $300 shipped for new parts and about half the price for remanufactured, but at this point I'll just stick with OEM to not waste any time.

The salt and winters in Calgary are hard on your calipers I guess. This is the first time I've had this problem.

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Good thing it's a Honda - the parts aren't too expensive. See the part and labor costs for my E63 - I just looked up the calipers for regular brakes and it's $400 each side!

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lol benefits of driving a peasant Honda.

Also I got the 2020 Brown DVD map update. There are actually 2 parts to the update. The first part is a software update, which update the actual infotainment software. I can see some bugs getting fixed, particular the problem where the original software had problems reading ID3 tags on MP3 files on USB drives. Also it seems to Bluetooth connection is a lot faster. The software update took about 45 minutes, which then resetted the system and prompted for the activation key for maps.

At first, my key didn't work, so I had to call the company. As it turned out, they had a problem generating keys for Canadian cars, which was on a different system. The reps were helpful, but the phone menu was garbage and it was hard to get to a live person unless you deliberately enter in the wrong info. It took them about 3 business days to solve the issue and I finally got the new key yesterday. I put it in and the system took another 45 minutes to upgrade.

I didn't leave my engine idling since I didn't want to waste gas or park my car outside for that long with the engine running. I'm still on the OEM battery from when the car was made in 2013 and it's about 0c outside. Didn't have any problems.

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After everything is loaded into the HDD, it will need to process the data. You can see that next to the compass on the screen, which it currently shows 5%. You can start and restart the car at any time and it will continue from there. The rest of the process will apparently take another 4 hours.

The update cost me around $200 CAD, which isn't bad but it's probably the only time I will ever update the maps. I was more interested in the software update. My current maps are from 2013, so given it's from 7 years ago, it's not bad.

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Yeah, it's nice to have a navigation system inside the car. I look at it a lot more than I should even when it's not programmed.

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