OK - New to Acuras - Got some noob type Questions

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by T, Jan 22, 2005.

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    T Guest

    Hello everybody.

    My buddy picked up an 88 Integra, 5 door. Nice car. Some Questions:

    - What digit in the VIN verifies the Model Year? (It was built in January.)

    - If this thing _is_ an 88 then the motor in it is a 1.6 D16A1, right?
    Yes, No, Maybe?

    - Who makes the Shop Repair Manual for these things? I think there will
    be a Haynes available, (12020 - Integra & Legend all models '86 thru
    '90) but is there a _real_ Shop manual?

    I have been looking around some via Google but my Honda/Acura experience
    froze back with an old girlfriend and a Civic Hatchback in the late
    1980's (the really cut, square, definitive kind.)

    I really, really liked that car. I miss that girl too. But that was then.

    Now I am the wrench to my friend so I need to get caught up. And I have
    another girlfriend.

    Thx in advance,
    T, Jan 22, 2005
  2. Call an Acura dealer. They will have an 800 number (if they are still
    Gordon McGrew, Jan 22, 2005
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    TeGGer® Guest

    10th digit.

    "M" is 1991, so '88 might be "J". Confirm with dealer.

    D16A3 if it's really an '88.


    The real McCoy and approximately 8,000,000% better then Haynes. Worth every
    single penny.
    TeGGer®, Jan 22, 2005
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    SoCalMike Guest

    www.helminc.com might still have em. dunno.
    SoCalMike, Jan 23, 2005
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    T Guest

    Ooh, Information.

    Ah, and Links too.

    Thx Everybody. I know of <http://www.rb.com> Bentley for Audi/VWs but
    the Honda/Acura scene is new to me.

    As I was writing this the actual owner called me from the road to help
    get directions to a local Pick n' Pull parts yard. He was on the cell
    phone and steering wheel, I was on the home phone and keyboard.

    Aint Modern Tech a wunnerful thing?

    T, Jan 23, 2005
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    TeGGer® Guest

    So...was it a "J"? I'm dyin' here, man.

    And a very good link, it was.

    Your motor originally made 118bhp. Isn't that cool?
    Mine made, heh, 130. But that was 240,000 miles ago...

    Write early and often, we're Here To Help. Lotsa good people here with
    lotsa Honda knowledge. And I distill all of that into the amazing and
    stellar Unofficial FAQ (having recently taken over from John Ings).

    ....when it works. Try administering a network composed of lusers who don't
    listen to admonitions to just Leave Things Alone.
    TeGGer®, Jan 23, 2005
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    SoCalMike Guest

    yup. bentley is to VW what helm is to honda. in fact, helm *is* the
    service manual. dunno if VW dealers use the bentley, or if VAG makes
    seperate literature for the dealers service depts.
    SoCalMike, Jan 23, 2005
  8. Bentley _is_ the factory service manual.
    Steve Bigelow, Jan 23, 2005
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    T Guest

    Yeah, its just that the shop version is sometimes printed up a little

    T, Jan 31, 2005
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    T Guest

    Ding, Ding, Ding! It was a J in the Tenth position. An 88 as called.

    Yep, now I'm looking for gear ratios for the transmission, looks like an
    Accord 5 speed from 85-86 was swapped in. Don't have a model number
    right yet. I spawned a new thread for that one.

    Thats what I say about the Chilton compared to the Bentley listed below.
    In the VW world the Haynes is, decent.
    Yep, been there, done that, twenty years worth. Looking for a new gig as
    a matter of fact- SF Bay Area.

    T, Jan 31, 2005
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