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Old 12-27-2020, 12:10 AM   #21
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Well, did you have a thermostat, and where are your pictures of it?

Also, there is a bolt near the top that has to be loosened to let trapped air bubbles out or the coolant won't circulate and the engine will overheat suddenly. So watch out for that. I don't know where it is on the 4-cylinder though.
Yes I did have one. Its where it was supposed to be I was just looking in the wrong place. No photos because by the time I figured out what I had done wrong the kid was awake and I had made a mess of the garage.

With regards to the bolt to let air out, are you referring to the one on the radiator hose? I believe that was in the V6 models. My truck doesn't have anything like that. I will look into it though, so thank you for the heads up.

Just ordered new bets, pulleys, radiator hoses, front calipers, brake lines, and rear brake drum kit to complete what should be everything needed to keep this thing on the road another 15-20 years haha. Now to find the time to replace it all.
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:03 AM   #22
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With regards to the bolt to let air out, are you referring to the one on the radiator hose? I believe that was in the V6 models. My truck doesn't have anything like that. I will look into it though, so thank you for the heads up.
I don't know where it is on the 4-cylinder. Never owned one.

On the V6, it's on the intake manifold, towards the back.
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:22 AM   #23
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I’m following this rebuild. As I have the same model year. I also have repaired/replaced a lot of parts/issues over the years that I have owned my truck. Original owner of D21. So maybe I can help with any questions.

I don’t know if you’re driving the truck yet or not. But I”d be interested in how the KYB shocks feel with the truck unladen. I had KYB Gas-Adjust white body shocks in my ‘89 D21 and man they were so stiff due to the high pressure gas it used. That it would almost shake the teeth out of my mouth! But under a load in the bed. Those shocks kept that bed level as all heck! Zero sag.

Keep up the great work! Great little work/play truck! I love mine!
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Im following this rebuild. As I have the same model year. I also have repaired/replaced a lot of parts/issues over the years that I have owned my truck. Original owner of D21. So maybe I can help with any questions.

I dont know if youre driving the truck yet or not. But Id be interested in how the KYB shocks feel with the truck unladen. I had KYB Gas-Adjust white body shocks in my 89 D21 and man they were so stiff due to the high pressure gas it used. That it would almost shake the teeth out of my mouth! But under a load in the bed. Those shocks kept that bed level as all heck! Zero sag.

Keep up the great work! Great little work/play truck! I love mine!
Thanks, happy to have you along for the ride!

I drove it with the KYB's for a few days. It felt great! Like a normal truck should. But to be fair... I was driving on 20+ year old original shocks! Im sure once all the dead bushings and bad ball joints are switched it will stiffen up but I don't see it getting uncomfortable.
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you mentioned it has a high idle, there is a "wax kit" "thermo element" (few names) pt# 163921-12G00, it pushes the fast idle cam on the throttle.. might check it to see if its the issue..
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you mentioned it has a high idle, there is a "wax kit" "thermo element" (few names) pt# 163921-12G00, it pushes the fast idle cam on the throttle.. might check it to see if its the issue..
Thank you, I saw that listed on one of the above diagrams. Wasn't sure what ti was. Ill look into it.
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Wanted to work more on the truck over this 2nd short holiday but parts delivery was delayed from FedEx.

Took off the fan and belts and water pump as they are getting replaced. Thermostat also. Parts delivery has new radiator hoses, belts, pulley's etc.



Thinking since I am this far in, should I replace the alternator? It works, for now. is the factory unit and has quite a bit of power steering fluid all over it from the already replaced bad hose.

Also, noticed the crankshaft pulley looks pretty bad? Or is this normal? Looks pretty rusted for a Ca car. Will this affect the belts at all or am I just worrying for nothing?



Its not cheap, would prefer not to replace this haha.

Annnd I am convinced this Haynes manual does not have the instructions for KA24. This is what it shows for removing the water pump. Not at all what my truck has. Only other image and instruction is for V6 model.



Maybe I should just buy the 240sx book..
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The factory service manual is available in JP2Code's signature.

Gives all of the important details and diagnostic flow charts with values when doing this type of work.

Very helpful! It's the "Bible" for the D21.

I also own jet skis. As I'm a River Rat and an ocean fiend! I refer to those manuals for ANYTHING model specific for my toys. One manual is actual named the "550 Bible"! This is for my 1990 Kawasaki 550SX stand up jet ski.
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The factory service manual is available in JP2Code's signature.

Gives all of the important details and diagnostic flow charts with values when doing this type of work.

Very helpful! It's the "Bible" for the D21.

I also own jet skis. As I'm a River Rat and an ocean fiend! I refer to those manuals for ANYTHING model specific for my toys. One manual is actual named the "550 Bible"! This is for my 1990 Kawasaki 550SX stand up jet ski.
I have it. I like to refer to both. I've never worked on anything besides civic's so this is all new. Thanks! Might have to just stick to the FSM
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I would not worry about the alternator. Those are expensive items and should only be replaced when they are going out.

I've replaced a couple of harmonic balancers. One because it was chipped and damaged. The other because the 2 halves had somehow come apart, causing it to slip.



If it looks bad, I'd replace it.
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