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A/C is one area that I always leave to the pros, it is so easy to screw up when you don't know what you're doing. My 07 still blows knuckle numbing cold air, so unless yours leaked a bit it should too.

The connector on the HVAC module might not be pushed fully if you experience intermittent function.
Ok. Good, sound advice. I have to take it to the shop to have it inspected for registration (it is titled in MO currently). So I will have them check the A/C system.

I would like to replace the current "steelie-wheelies" with something else. Found a guy selling some plain-jane civic wheels and wondering if they would fit. I don't want to spend a lot, and the current steelies are a little bent out of shape.

04 05 CIVIC EX RIMS 4X100
 

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Eccentric hole might be too small though.
 

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Eccentric hole might be too small though.
Yep you were correct.

I had him measure and it was off by ~1/4".

Update on the AC controls.. So I noticed that when they don't work, the buttons on the steering wheel, and the Airbag sensor light do not work. When the controls are working, the others work as well.

So far in the past couple of days that I've tested and driven it, there have been no issues and it was working no problem. everytime I started it up.

Another note, is when this was occurring (after the battery had died and needed to be jumped), I had the "vhicle with a padlock" light come on initially when I would start it up, but the car *would* start.

Dunno if it's related, but I don't believe in coincidences....

Still have to get the windows tinted and the front door panels cleaned and re-installed and then she is pretty much back up to par!
 

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Hello!

Long time no post.

Cobalt has been running well and looking a lot better than she did. I took out the subs while I was troubleshooting the A/C issue and haven't put them back in.

The A/C has been really strange. If I slap on the cover to the fuse box (in the cabin, passenger side), the lights on A/C controls will blink.. on/off.

My wife drives it and she can get it to work if:

A.) she makes a sharp turn and accelerates (has to be the right timing in the combo and I can't do it but she can)
B.) it's been sitting out in the sun all day and nice and hot, then it works usually the first time, right when she's cranked up.

I almost feel like there is a wire or ground not making it's proper connection. Somewhere in that panel, but not sure what to check next.

I'll throw up some pictures later this weekend after I wash it. Gotta get some really high-grit sandpaper and get the scum off of driver-side headlight.
 

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I figured it out!

I feel dumb but it was, in fact, the number 10 fuse for "HVAC" causing the issue (center console / kick panel).

In my defense, the fuse was solid, not blown. And it was plugged in as far as it could be plugged in (not loose).

I pulled the whole module out yesterday (unbolted it) and then plugged everything back into it correctly and turned the car on and started jiggling the wires (thinking it was a loose wire). Nothing was giving at all.

By chance, I grabbed the module and pressed on the number 10 fuse and my wife said "Oh it's on!" (you can tell cause all the airbag lights and A/C lights come on). I let go and it went away. I started pushing on the fuses and that was the one. I pulled it out and swapped it with the number 16 fuse. It is working fine so far. No problems.


I feel dumb because I had given up previously and taken it to the shop. Paid $600 for them to diagnose it and "fix" it and it ended up being the fuse itself.

I have new SPEC-D headlights being shipped in, The current OEM lights are beyond sanding / re-finishing and I was able to get the spec-d lights for $100.

Still need to tint the windows and get some decent wheels with wider tires on it too.

I keep forgetting to take pictures! Sorry.
 

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Alright!

I am overdue on pictures, I know.

So without more adieu, here is the (mostly) rehabbed Zippity-doo-dah:

- Newly Tinted windows
- Spyder Halo headlights installed
- All cleaned out on the inside. As good as it will get unless I completely replace all of the upholstery
- New Cabin air filter (I think the one in the picture is the one that it came with from the factory)
- Fresh oil change using Valvoline high mileage full synthetic
- Fresh brake pads up front; The shoes on the rear are surprisingly still in really good shape. This is the third time I've checked them since I've owned this car (total, since 2007) and while they are worn, they aren't nearly as worn as I thought they would be. I will probably replace them next time I replace the front pads. Front rotors are still in good shape too.
- 10" Subs in the back; New speakers in doors / rear; New head-unit (all of them cheap. $30 for all of the speakers and $20 for the head unit. 10" subs were traded to me from a friend for a case of Corona)
- All registered and titled here in the great state of Texas!























All I really have left to do (which I'm not in a rush to do) is get a new bumper cover (with fog lights), get everything touched up (paint), and get new wheels / tires.

The suspension I bought (FE5) from a user at CobaltSS is used and will probably need replacing soon-ish again. So there will be that.

As of right now I am very happy with it and it will be my daily commuter for a (hopefully) long time to come!

I will post interior pictures after I vacuum it out. I was too tired. I did the oil / brakes / tint today and then washed/detailed the outside. Then I re-pipe all of the plumbing under our kitchen sink. Been up and going since 5 AM CST (it's almost 5PM here now) so I'm kinda wiped for the day and want to relax.

Thanks for reading!
 

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That's a really nice clean looking sedan. I like them simple too but with a personalized touch.
 
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That's a really nice clean looking sedan. I like them simple too but with a personalized touch.
Thanks Coby!

It has been a lot of work to bring it back to a quasi "normal" status from where it was when I got it from my ex-wife. It was so trashed and smelled bad!

I had an IM asking me where I got the headlights, so I wanted to post it here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0170TJVIU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am about to write a review to let others who buy them know:

If you get lights where the HALO wires are red and white (instead of black and white like the rest), the white wires are negative and red wires are hot.
 

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It will work no problem, you would also have to buy the lower grilles for it though. Might want to look into an ss front bumper as well, much cleaner looking
 

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It will work no problem, you would also have to buy the lower grilles for it though. Might want to look into an ss front bumper as well, much cleaner looking
I like the SS front bumper covers, but there would be a lot more work and higher price involved with getting one. I could probably get a used one, but depending on it's condition I would need to put in some time with getting it cleaned, clear, and ready for paint. This one I linked it already ready for paint (will be keeping the current "Champagne" color). I need the whole car to be touched up. It has various scratches, minor dents, etc so I was going to get that all taken care of at the same time.

Also thinking of these wheels (the picture shows 5-bolt pattern, but the description says 4 bolt at 4x100). Am I OK to go with 17" wheels or should I only go 16" max? Do I need to pick a wheel that has an offset at all if I go bigger?

What general size of tire am I going to need to run if I go with the larger wheel?

https://www.amazon.com/Konig-Black-Wheel-17x7-5-4x100mm/dp/B004Q9T2XW/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1476365068&sr=8-10&keywords=4x100+17+wheels

Thanks!
 

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Since it's obvious I am going to be keeping the Coby-jack for a while, I went ahead and ordered some more stuff for it:

- LED turn indicator bulbs with corresponding resistors (to eliminate hyper-flash)
- Kenwood KFc-6995PS 6x9 speakers for the rear deck
- Moog swaybar bushings

I changed out the brake pads the other weekend and noticed the sway bar bushings were severely beat up. So I grabbed these and will replace them this weekend.

Still trying to find a good deal on the wheels, but thinking I should get the suspension in-line first.

Also been reading up on switching to a 5-lug wheel, as there appear to be more options (including the SS based wheels, which I think look the best honestly).
 

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Last night I swapped out the rear deck speakers with the new kenwoods. Dumb me, I went about also installing the the new LED turn signal lights (and resistors) immediately after.

The driver-side LED swap was successful, but when I went to change the passenger side, I noticed the housing for the bulb was slightly different. I hooked up the resistor and tested it and no go. the light wouldn't light up at all. I pulled the driver-side out and swapped the LED bulbs and confirmed the LED bulb is good. All I can think is that the housing doesn't like this LED bulb. It is not like the driver-side house for the bulb. When I first went to install it back in the headlight the first time, the LED bulb fell out and into the headlight.. I had to fish it out carefully with some needle-nose. I took the resistor off (these things get WAY hot by the way) and re-installed the original bulb and it worked, so I dunno.

Driver-side with LED:


Passenger side with standard bulb (not amber):


So when I went to test the new speakers, the radio doesn't even come on. Has me scratching my head.

Before, when it was working, I would have to put the lights to "manual on," for the radio to stay on. Otherwise, when you started the car, it would turn off after about 10 seconds if left on Auto-lights. Any ideas?
 

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Well the radio quit working completely and only fix was to pull battery cable for the car and let it sit for 5 or so minutes and then re-attach it. Then the radio would work the first time I used the car after that but not work again.

So I replaced it. I also took the opportunity to install a backup camera. The backup camera was one of the more complicated things I've had to setup so far, to be honest. When I ran wires for sub / amp, the car was stripped completely on the inside so it was way easier (up the middle console).

I ran the video cable for the backup camera through the trunk, under the seat, under the driver-side plastic molding, under the dash, to the head unit. I wired power and signal to the driver-side reverse light:



I got the wrong dash kit (for 95-2001) because I wasn't paying attention when I ordered it, so that is why there is a "gap" on the head unit. I will fix this soon, but for the time being, it works fine:



I really wanted an android head unit, but the wife is on me about spending and so I had to make-do with a non-android unit. But it works tons better than the one I had and it actually turns on, so that is a plus. Still have the issue where the lights have to be manually turned on, for it to stay on however. Still scratching my head on that one.



I don't have any more pics of the backup camera install, unfortunately. I was doing it by myself and was using my hands a lot so didn't have opportunity to get any decent pictures.
 

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Hey everyone!

Long time, no post - Sorry!

Holidays are a rough time around my house. Lots of birthdays and family to see and spend time with.

Also found out that wife is pregnant! So that has been busy trying to get everything ready.

Cobalt was badly in need of new suspension. I bought used suspension when I initially got the car back from my ex-wife, in order to get the SS springs. I bolted up the used suspension struts / shocks because they were still better than the OEM FE1 suspension that was in it (and 100k miles old).

I ordered these parts from Amazon and got them installed last night.. Man what a difference in the ride! I totally forgot how smooth the ride can be in this car!

Unfortunately, my pushing this off until now has caused the front tires to wear terribly. So I will have to pick up a new pair and then I will go get a proper alignment done to compensate for the new SS springs and suspension parts.

I hope I bought the right struts and shocks, cause if not I will be changing them again much sooner than I would like according to what I've read:

Strut Mounts:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HFL2XUC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Rear Shocks:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SGYLO6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Front Driver Strut:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SGYDK8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Front Passenger Strut:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMPL1Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Took me 6 hours to get it all installed (did it after working 9 hours yesterday). I was completely wiped afterward. Disassembling the old struts without a spring tensioner proved.... tricky.. but I managed to get it done without shooting the strut through the CV boots or the engine bay. :)

Excited to get the new tires and alignment done, but it will have to wait until the check after next.

C-YA!
 
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