not PINK Taillights.
If you've seen a car with the clear tail lights, you know
about this problem. You get "red" bulbs with the
clear taillights, but when they light up (especially at night),
they look light red/pink. A good solution is to dip or spray
them with some good heat-resistant engine red paint. It lasts
for a while, but you have to keep doing it every so often.
Market Lowering Springs making noise
If you buy some brands of after market springs they tend
to make a rattling noise when driving in rough road (which
is everywhere in Trinidad). We have had this experience with
Sprint and Jamex brand lowering springs especially. The reason
for this rattle is because the aftermarket springs are progressively
rated springs, to achieve this the spring's coils are closer
together at the top or bottom, this helps in cornering by
offering progressively stiffer rates. The coils on the spring
that are closer together sometimes touch each other as the
spring is compressed. From experience the rear Sprint Springs
for the Mitsubishi Lancer had to be installed upside down
from the directions in the installation manual (go figure!
it just works that way). There may even be 'dead coils' in
the spring when compressed, these are coils that rest right
next to each other even when the car is at rest. When the
coils bounce against each other while driving they make a
rattling sound (it sometimes sounds as if the whole front
end of the car is loose!).
To prevent this rattling we tried pushing rubber hose around
the coils, this works very well and hardly changes the height
of the spring. Garden hose works well too (but dont look too
well when you jack up the car, especially when you have sweet
blue, red or yellow colour coordinated springs). We even tried
plastic harness looms cut in short pieces, this worked for
a while put two potholes down the road they slipped out and
the rattling returned.
bonnet and trunk rattles.
If your bonnet rattles a quick and easy solution is to (dah)
adjust the 2 round rubber mounts located near the front of
the engine room. Screwing the mounts in a counterclockwise
fashion makes them longer. This puts more pressure on the
bonnet, thus stopping the rattling. Takes about 2 minutes
we received an email from an importspeed fan with the following
your trunk rattles I think that the trunk springs are at fault.
I found that if you take some "woogies that the wife
put in her hair " and wrap them about one quarter of
the way down the length, and three quarters of the length
of those springs and tighten them enough they will stop rattling.
Along with stuffing the springs under the back dash, I also
put felt pads that are used on the bottom of desk utilities
(i.e. stapler) or two-way sticky tape underneath my license
plate and/or put four screws through every corner instead
of two, and tightened it down as hard as possible.
We all love to WAX our cars to make them shine. But isn't
the white residue in the cracks and door jams annoying? It's
also very hard to clean and get rid of. One of the best solutions
is a small paint brush or tooth brush with stiff bristles.
Use it to gently brush away the residue. It only a few minutes!
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