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DIY : Honda Civic/Integra 92-00 Condenser Fan Motor Carbon Brushes Replacement

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This is could be another good preventive maintenance that we overlooked, after your car run over 150 000km, the condenser fan is very important part for the heat exchange system to help the condenser dissipation heat efficiently from hot compressed gasses supplied by the compressor, if it failed, it may cause idle problem when you turn on the air conditioning system.

First thing is to remove the fan by remove the bolt that hold the fan (blue circle).

Unplug the fan motor socket and remove the few relay (for the space) and remove the bottom right bolt…

and the bottom left side.

I also remove the exhaust manifold heat shield for the space…

and the radiator fan too! (this is a good change to replace radiator fan motor carbon brushes). By removing 4 bolts that attached the fan to the radiator.

To remove the motor from the casing and the fan blade is a piece of cake.

Here we go.

Remove the 3 locking tabs by using chisel or flat screwdriver (not proper, but it’s work!) with hammer.

Cleaning time!

The carbon brushes seem at the dead end. Unfortunately, I did not found the perfect shape for the replacement, so, I modified from the alternator carbon brushes using file (I mean…a tools file) and small grits sand paper.

Need a patient booster…

Cut the middle of the old carbon brushes wire, and cut the new one exactly same length with the old one, soldering together, put back everything, fortunately, there is spring holder pin (red circle), important : Don’t forget to release it back after you Insert the rotor.

Polishing the commutator using small grits sand paper.

Check for the worn bearing, replace if need, mine like the new one!

Reinstall everthing, important : don’t forget to stake back the motor casing locking tab using chisel or other method, I believe it will go for another 150 000km and save your precious money from buying the new motor.

The Season Series #2

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Title : Take Over

Done with watercolor. 2015

The Season Series #1

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Title : Hibernation

Done with watercolor. 2015

Watercolor Painting – Perspective

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Firstly, I would like to thanks to the School of Mechatronic Engineering, UniMAP for this commission, they request to do their building in watercolor, this is the time for me to study the perspective elements.

I start with the basic sketch, build the building perspective line, this is the most important thing, some people do underestimate ‘the basic’. Nowadays you could learn almost everything on the internet, but the experience and practice will teach you more…

Then, put the basic color, before I painting the clouds and lands, I’m wetting the paper with the plain water, then control and mix the color until I meet the expectations. Let’s it dry for the next layer…


The shadows : Some people does’t recommend use the plain black, some does, some do the mixing color to meet their style or the color composition, I? I do I what want, I love the freedom of painting, paint from the inner heart, I think this is what all the painter should do…with the guidelines of course..

Begin to establish between dark and light, develop more color, added deeper value for building to make the sky slightly appear.

More details, color and value…

Final adjustment and…done!

Ready to go for the new owner…

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paints

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Somehow, I buy this beautiful set of watercolor from my friend that buy directly from Japan. Gansai is Japanese for paint (s) or color pigment and Tambi means aesthetic. Maybe this is the Kuretake trademark.

Just understand the words ‘Made in Japan’

When I open the cover, suddenly, all this 36 colors haunted me…


Title : The Foggy Road

Love the opaque and vibrant characteristic that the colors offer, the texture very smooth, they are like between watercolors and gouache,  make them perform for detailing, seem suitable with my style.