My 1998 Civic DX coupe has 220,000 miles on the odometer, and for those of you who don’t know, I plan to keep it until it hits 300,000 miles.
Issue #1 - About a month ago, I was doing a brake job on the front end, and I noticed the rubber boots covering the steering linkage are not completely sealed, like CV boots are. They don’t look torn. In fact, I can’t tell if they were ever completely sealed. Does anyone know if the steering linkage boots are supposed to be sealed? I am not having any steering issues, and it doesn’t look like the linkage has lost any lubricant.
Issue #2 - Several years ago, I noticed an indentation on the roof of the car. It was about 1/8" deep, and looked like someone came down on the roof with an ice pick or some other sharp pointed object, but I hope it was just road debris. When I found it, I was touching up the car, and there was a tiny bit of rust inside the indentation. I put a dab of rust converter/primer in there, and after it dried, I applied some touch-up paint. However, there was still a slight indentation, so water collected, and the spot has begun to rust. Originally, my plan was to sand out the spot, prime, and paint again, but I was also thinking of flattening the spot this time. I have a tube of metal filler at home, but it came from the hardware store, not the auto parts store, so I am not sure it is the best thing to fill the hole with. At the auto parts store, I can get body filler in what looks like a block of putty. I’d like to address it this weekend, or at least some time before the hole rusts completely through and makes a hole in the roof. I also need to prepare in case there is a hole there after I am done sanding. What filler would you use if there is a hole, and what filler would you use if it is just an indentation?