From The January 09 issue of Honda Service New
Battery Hold-Down Nuts
Installing a battery? Take it easy on those hold-down
nuts. If you overtighten them, you’ll put too much
stress on the battery case, which can cause it to
deform and the inner seals to separate. Leaking
inner seals can shorten battery life.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to tighten the nuts
just enough so the hold-down doesn’t budge when
you try to wiggle it.
Front Wheel Shimmy New Cars
Steering Wheel Shimmy,
Vibration, Tire Noise at PDI
Currently Applies To: All ’09 models
If a vehicle has been sitting out for a long
time—especially in cold weather—its tires can
develop flat spots. These flat spots can cause
steering wheel shimmy, vibration, and tire noise
that’s really noticeable during the test drive at PDI.
These flat spots are just temporary and will usually
smooth out after about 10 miles of highway driving.
But if those symptoms are still there after driving that
distance, there may be other forces at work.
To find and fix the problem, be sure to check out the
five-part series “Excessive Steering Wheel Shimmy
or Chassis Vibration” in the October ’07 thru
February ’08 issues of ServiceNews. You’ll find lots
of good info there to help you.
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