The car's brake lamps refused to turn off!
|Just the outsides? Wait this is a Kohki (Series 3) car so this is correct...|
|Yep, the brake lamp circuit then.|
|I still have to figure out a more permanent solution to the control unit for the DeFi Heads Up display|
Just then I discovered this:
|Two pieces of broken round black plastic piece?|
|AHA!!! Broken plastic stopper|
I guess Ochiai-san doesn't want me dropping the car off for a 600 yen part because he found that the stopper part was in stock and two days later I got this in the mail:
|At first I thought it was another bill - I think I am done paying Nismo...unlike some people I am so broke now...|
|Not looking good but at least from Ochiai-san (see red stamp)|
|Whew! Just the part I needed. |
Part number is 46584-5P010 just in case for those of you who like to stock up on extra parts...
|So the piece is inserted from the brake switch side, with the larger side facing the switch|
|With the new part on the left|
Now, this area is VERY difficult to access. Even though I initially tried to hold the brake switch open with a flathead screwdriver, quickly realized there simply isn't enough room there to then slide in the new piece. And I have relatively small hands, if you are a big guy good luck - both squeezing under there as well being able to getting your hands in there in a position where you can actually move. I was barely able to...
I did a quick internet search and found some guys in Australia had the same problem. I did briefly consider their idea of super gluing a coin into the space, but since I had already bought the part, decided that would be a last resort move.
|Just use a wrench (14mm I think) to undo the top nut everyone. That bottom nut is actually part of the brace!|
|I could barely get the part in that space... but then didn't have the leverage to force it into the hole|
|I eventually recovered all the broken pieces|
SUCCESS!! Couldn't believe how easily it went in! Should have done this from the beginning.
|Arrows points to nice clean new part.|
So one more issue solved, without paying $$$$ at the dealership or Nismo. But a few more problems of the DIY type before I can send the car along to bigger and better things. More posts coming soon!