My 300,000-Mile Honda S2000 Is Drivable Once Again

ByDinda Margareta

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My 300,000-Mile Honda S2000 Is Drivable Once Again
Photo credit: Brian Silvestro

Photograph credit score: Brian Silvestro

Earlier this year I launched my latest project, a 2001 Honda S2000 with above 300,000 miles on the odometer. My target with the motor vehicle? Make it a skilled observe equipment. After correcting the brakes, I took the high-mileage Honda to its first celebration, in which it exceeded my expectations. But soon right after, the clutch grasp cylinder unsuccessful and approximately still left me stranded. I last but not least bought all around to correcting it this weekend, and now the car or truck drives far better than at any time.

How Tough Was the Deal with?

I’m an impatient male. I did not want to buy the new element online and hold out to have it transported to me, so I went to my local Autozone, which experienced a new generic-branded, non-OEM master cylinder in inventory.

Photo credit: Brian Silvestro

Image credit rating: Brian Silvestro

Just after bleeding the fluid, the clutch didn’t initially sense as great as it did prior to. There was a useless location at the best of the pedal wherever there was no resistance at all, and it felt more like an on/off swap than ever. Turns out I just had to bleed it a lot far more to get all the air out of the method. Following 3 or four cycles of draining fluid out of the slave cylinder and topping off the learn reservoir, the pedal felt great as new.

Now, the gearbox goes into all six gears, with no grinding or resistance. Good!

Any More Fantastic News?

Very little else has broken! I place all-around 100 miles a week on this auto, and it fires up each and every time without having hesitation. Employing it as a regular auto is painless. Even the air conditioning and cruise manage perform just fantastic. Confident, it’s a bit cramped inside of, but which is not also substantially of an problem for five-foot-9 me. As I have said ahead of, the only items wrong with the interior are the seats, which are falling apart. Not as well negative for a vehicle with this lots of miles.

Also, VTEC nonetheless functions, luckily. Irrespective of the solenoid staying held down by only two of the 3 needed bolts, the new gasket is continue to sturdy ample to build a enough seal. I really do not strategy to go away it like this, obviously, but it is good to know it’s keeping up in the meantime. The third bolt, which I found previous 7 days experienced snapped into the block, will need to be eliminated right before my luck runs out. Once I get some new hardware I’ll try to extract it.

So What’s Subsequent?

I want to start taking this vehicle to extra functions. Nevertheless I hope I’ll be in a position to resource a established of real effectiveness tires by then, I’d be flawlessly content sporting down the junk all-seasons on the vehicle in the meantime.

The seats are yet another factor I have to tackle, even though I imagine I can bear applying them for a handful of monitor times when I keep on my lookup for a replacement set. I’m however conflicted about no matter if to buy a great-good quality used OEM pair or go for something racier. My wallet would favor the previous.

This S2K isn’t a rustbucket, but there are a few locations to the rear of the motor vehicle that are starting up to display some bubbles. I’m conflicted about whether to consider care of them now or hold out right until they get significant sufficient to develop into a genuine trouble. Either way I’ll have to outsource a deal with I just can’t do bodywork, and it’s way down on the listing of factors I have time to understand.

Continue to be tuned.

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