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Summer has officially begun. Since last month, we have been extremely busy here at Rusted and Rebuilt.

The Subaru Impreza has undergone a full face lift over the past month. All of the damage from the previous owner has been repaired, and we even added some lightning under the hood. I was able to solve most of the mechanical issues, too. Since replacing the idle control valve, the car has been running absolutely MINT.

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The idle control valve is an intake component which controls the amount of air flowing to the intake when your foot isn’t on the throttle. It is a small plunger-type valve located on the throttle body. When I removed the old one, I realized why my car had been sputtering and stalling all the time – the plunger inside the idle control valve was completely rigid due to 13 years of rust locking it in place. After installing a brand new idle control valve, the Subaru has been idling like a champ, and it drives much smoother now.

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Fixing Up the Fusion

The warm weather is finally here! The Checker Marathon is still awaiting some final adjustments, but our daily drivers need some time in the garage first. After a long cold winter, it’s time for some preventative maintenance.

By doing repairs and preventative maintenance yourself, you can save yourself a lot of money and stress, plus you can learn a lot of useful skills and knowledge along the way. It’s also a great opportunity spend time outside with friends and family.


Today at the Rusted and Rebuilt garage, we performed an in-depth exhaust repair on a Ford Fusion. The steel mesh surrounding the flex pipe had rotted out from condensation and old age, causing a large rust hole to form at the end of the flex pipe.

Over time, exhaust systems are heated and cooled to extremely high and low temperatures, and they often experience a lot of condensation. When the condensation builds up in the exhaust system and doesn’t get a chance to fully heat up and evaporate, it can eventually lead to rust and rot, like we can see here.


Once we figured out what part needed to be replaced, we found a replacement part online and began attempting to remove the rusted mess from the bottom of the car.


When parts are old and rusted, they usually do not come off easily. Often times, they need to be cut off, ground off, or drilled off. This old flex pipe was pretty stubborn, but after some cutting, grinding, and drilling, we finally had some positive results.


The replacement flex pipe lined up perfectly, but it was almost impossible to reach the top bolts.  The old flex pipe can be taken off with a grinder, but the new one certainly can’t be installed with a grinder. The only way to reach the top bolts was to use an extremely long ratchet extension with a swivel head to turn the bolt head from up above.

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After a long and painful installation, the Fusion is ready for it’s yearly inspection. It took several hours over the course of two days, but it was worth the effort.

This type of repair would cost hundreds of dollars to send to a mechanic, between the cost of labor and the mark-up on parts. By doing repairs ourselves and buying parts online from the manufacturer, we can save a lot of money, as long as we don’t mind sacrificing some time and energy.

The best part is knowing that the work is getting done correctly with high quality parts, and that we are doing our part to extend the lives of our vehicles. If you take care of things, they last.


Also, huge shoutout to Jeremy and Matt at George’s Tire Place in Warren for hooking me up with new valve stems and plugging a leak in one of my tires. I’ve had a small leak in my tire that I haven’t been able to find for months, and these guys had the tire patched and ready to roll in less than an hour. I highly recommend going to George for all of your tire needs. Everyone who works there does a great job fixing and balancing tires, and all of their prices are unbeatable.

Gaming on The Go?

If you’re into video games and have a sick whip, you just might want to have them both in the same place. What’s stopping you from having your Xbox installed in your car? Maybe you don’t know how to cram that bad boy in?

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First you need to find a reasonable size TV put mount in your vehicle. I wouldn’t recommend using a TV much bigger than 20 inches. Then you need your game console of choice (of course, it doesn’t need to be an Xbox).

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You’ll need some kind of pipe to mount the TV, but make sure it’s not too big so you can move the TV in or out of the vehicle. You’ll need to bend the ends of the pipe so it can rest on the handles inside the car. You should be able to drill holes through the pipe and align the holes up with the holes in the back of your TV for mounting. If you drill screws in the TV, it should be in place just fine. If you’re concerned about the TV moving around while you’re on the go, you can always add some soft protection in between the pipe mount and the TV.

Next you’ll need to buy a power supply. You’ll want to make sure you get a big enough battery for this. Add up the amount of watts the TV uses as well as the game console. You’ll probably uses some where close to 200 watts. You’ll then need a power inverter since most lighter plug outlets don’t work properly if you’re using something past a certain amount of watts. You’ll need to run a plug with wires, just like you would if you were connecting a stereo speaker to your car. You’ll need to make a plug that will connect to the inverter.

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Finally after connecting your plug, you should be able to plug in your TV and console of your choice and start doing some gaming. I advise anyone planing on doing this to have the game downloaded onto the console rather than playing it off of the disk. The disc spinning inside the console could be questionable because it could possibly ruin the disc if there is too much shaking while driving.  Have a safe and pleasurable gaming session on the road!

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