While looking for not running cars on Craigslist, I came across this Subaru Robin EX21 engine that claimed to have 7HP and had Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). The seller said it was not running and had fuel injector problems and wanted $50 for it. I offered the seller $30 and got it for myself. The goal is to see if I can fix it up and learn something in the process. Cheap education !
Two years ago I acquired a Briggs & Stratton engine which still does not run as I have not disassembled it yet 😞 and not had time to. The plan is to fix both these engines by the end of the year, hopefully. Then I will try to make a go-cart with them.
These Subaru Robin EX21 engines are rarer than the Briggs & Stratton or the Predator engines found in lawn mowers and pressure washers. I think this is from a generator, but cannot be sure. Either way, 7HP is nearly as powerful as those 80cc two-wheelers being used in various Asian countries, so should be interesting.Read More →
In the end of the previous post, we ended up with a fuel leak on the 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe after trying to fix the fuel sensor issue. The car was towed to the dealer, who after keeping it for 10 days and quoting an exorbitant price of over $3000 to fix the fuel leak, did nothing to the car besides fixing a seat belt recall. I ended up losing $200 on the whole and got the car towed back home. Then with help from the g35driver.com forum post and the service manual’s Fuel System section I diagnosed the problem to be loose fuel pump cover bolts and bad O-rings.
Once I purchased the replacement parts from a local Infiniti dealership, I was able to fix the leak. This post describes what I did wrong, and what one should take care of when handling the fuel sensors.Read More →
The 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe came with a check engine light (CEL) code of
P0462 (Figure 1). The fuel gauge always showed empty and I watched a few Youtube videos on how to clean the two fuel level sensors below the rear seats in the car to fix the
problem. Apparently, after a while the fuel level sensors tend to collect grime over themselves that leads to the fuel gauge reading a zero value.
This post describes that process to clean it out. However, it turns out that the previous owner did try the same process, as the fuel level sensors were already clean. So this meant that the issue was probably the sensor electrical connection or the dashboard fuel gauge itself. I did the fuel level sensor cleaning/checking on August 3rd, and on August 10th (today) I filled up the tank fully. But it was a disaster. The fuel tank was leaking non-stop (Figures 25 and 26) and so I had to accept my limited abilities at this point and got the car towed to the dealer. The dealer wants me to install a new fuel tank since the current one is dented and has too much rust. 😞
Anyway, this post still describes the fuel level sensor cleaning in case you may benefit from it.Read More →
Since buying the Porsche Boxster S, I had driven it for at least a 1000 miles in the last 2 years. However, I had never changed the air filter or the cabin filter. The Boxster was sitting for a few weeks in a dusty area in Texas before I got it, so I decided to do this change and reduce the smelliness in the cabin as well.
This is one of the easier changes to do in the Boxster and requires no tools. I recommend purchasing the Hengst Air Filter E458L (Figure 14) and Hengst Cabin Filter E951LC (Figure 17) for this task. These are the OEM filters that Porsche uses on the 986 model cars and it is best to stick to OEM versions for a perfect fit.Read More →
While doing the oil change on the G35 Coupe, I realized like several other folks on the internet, that the plastic skidplate or undershroud gets in the way of taking off the oil filter (Figure 1a). The plastic skidplate breaks after a while and mine was cracked and damaged. The bolts holding it were rusted too. I saw someone on reddit install an aluminum skidplate, so I bought one on eBay for $115 and decided to install it. The installation is really easy.Read More →