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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 

Bad SRS Module - '05 Altima

Ok, problems again. The air bag module that I received with the air bags is off a different car. I took my '05 Altima to the Nissan to have the SRS indicator light turned off. The tried and told me it won't clear.

I did some testing and it appears the module wants a off switch for the passenger side air bag. Well my car doesn't have one.

If I didn't thrrow the old SRS module away I could have had it reprogrammed. I now find out that there is a guy in Texas that can reprogram the "blown" SRS modules. He charges $150, you send him yours, he reprograms it and sends it back to you.

That's a great deal compared to buying a new one for $700+. I can't even find a blown one used. I don't know what I am going to do now. Waiting is the name of the game now.

If by chance you have a SRS module for a 2005 Nissan Altima (production date 6/04) with front airbags and no side bags, please sell it to me!! Or if you have a blown one with the same specs, let me know. The part number is 28556ZB29A.

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The SRS Module Reprogrammer:

Kevin Ashworth
7722 Calypso Dr.
Rowlett, TX 75088

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 

2005 Nissan Altima Door Handle Removal

Once I start assembling the car I seem to find out the procedures that I was suppose to follow to disassemble it. In my earlier post I wrote about the problems I ran into while trying to remove the door handle on my 2005 Nissan Altima. Yesterday as I was assembling the car, I found out that I didn't have to take the door completely apart to remove the handle.

Here is an easier way to do this.

1. Remove the interior door panel.
2. Remove the electric window switch panel from the interior panel and hook it back up to the wiring harness.
3. Peel off the round stickers covering the openings in the door "guts" cover plate. One towards the front of the car and one towards the back, about the middle of the panel vertically. The stickers may be the same color the panel is so you will need to look closely.
4. Adjust the window so you can see the screws through the round openings, by opening or closing the window.
5. Remove the screws, but make sure you are holding the glass from the top in case it will want to slip down.
6. Once the screws are out, pull the glass out, rear first.
7. Remove all the screws that hold the cover panel in. Those are the ones around the edge of the panel. Should be 4 on the top, one on each side and 3 on the bottom. (I am writing this from memory, so there may be 3 or 4 on top and bottom. I just went through this yesterday, it's still fresh in my mind but can't recall the number of screws, sorry).
8. Pull the panel bottom first, straight out about an inch or so and then slide the whole thing down to clear the window slider rails.
9. Now you should have a clear way to remove the front screw of the door handle.
10. To remove the back screw, stick the socket through the opening in the door body right above the lock. You are going to have to guide the socket with your hand through the rubber seals and to the screw. Guide it back out when the screw is loose because the socket will get stuck trying to get back out through all the rubber weather stripping.
11. You will notice that the handle won't want to come right out even with the screws out. You will need to push it from the inside, top first.

At least this is an easier way than what I had to go through not knowing how this thing is put together.

Good luck. 

Saturday, March 11, 2006 

Painting - No Orange Peel

Painting cars is not as hard as it seems, painting cars well is a whole different story. I've been painting cars for about 6 years now off and on. Maybe about 4 to 5 per year. Having such big gaps of time between paint jobs really prevented me from really getting the hang of painting well. Some things I remember some I forget.

In September of 2005 I started my own body shop, now I get to paint a lot more and I seem to be learning a lot more, faster. I built a make shift paint booth in my shop, made 2 openings for filters. One in, one out from the booth into the shop. It didn't work so good. The over spray stayed in the booth and created streaks in some metallic paint jobs. I finally invested in a nice exhaust fan, now everything gets blasted out of the booth and the shop.

Back to the topic of this post. I have always had problems with having more than descent orange peel effect in the clear coat. Even after buying a nice SATAjet 2000 paint gun, I was still seeing more orange peel than I want. It just creates more wet sanding work afterwards.

A couple of days ago while painting I accidentally turned up the pressure on the gun and while laying down a coat of clear I noticed it that it was laying down differently. It was laying down flat. So I conclude, to get a flatter clear coat in your paint job, turn up the pressure of your gun so it "mists" the clear on instead of spraying it on. I mean it will break down the solids to where they will lay down nice and straight.

I wish I could have found an article like this when I was having problems with my clear. I hope this helps someone. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 

DuPont Exploring New Horizons

DuPont has entered joint venture with a Russian auto finishes manufacturer, Russkie Kraski Corp. They are creating a new company, DuPont Russian Coatings LLC, which will supply automotive coatings to manufacturers of automobiles in Russia and former Soviet republics. They will use both parties' technology to create a better product for Russian automotive industry.

Russkie Kraski is the largest manufacturer of automotive finishes in the Russian Federation. They have a sophisticated research and development, sales and marketing capabilities.

DuPont Russian Coatings will supply the carmakers of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine with high quality coatings for passenger cars, trucks and buses.

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