1991 Acura NSX: Road Trip Prep
August 14, 2012
Some editors will be heading up to Monterey for the annual historics gathering this weekend. As one of the resident grease monkeys on staff, I volunteered to make sure our long-term NSX was in tip-top shape for the journey.
Just as I did in March, I gave the NSX an oil and filter change on our Rotary 2-post lift. Same oil, same filter (awaiting internet outcry in 3, 2, 1...). This time around I brought in my own toolbox. There's something about working with your own equipment (even though our shop and my shed are stocked with Craftsman tools, mine are laser etched and better organized (arrr, arr arrrgh). I also have a nifty strap wrench for oil filters that attaches to a socket wrench.
That's me explaining the virtues of said strap wrench to acting shop foreman Michael Jordan. With a socket extension, it allows me to get plenty of leverage without banging into the control arms and wheel.
Once the filter and oil were in, I ran the car for a minute or so to get an accurate reading. While it idled, I checked all of the other fluids, except for the coolant which was still too hot. Everything else checked out.
While all of this was going on, Rex was installing the new chin spoiler. Another post will chronicle that. Once the car was cooled down, I found that the coolant was at the lower limit line, so I added enough Prestone premix to bring it close to the "max" line.
After all was done, Jordan insisted that I pose next to the car showing my sense of satisfaction of performing our own maintenance. I proudly channeled a North Korean dictator. Just call me Dear Mechanic, Kim Jong Whaaaa?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 57,101 miles