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Student of many things.


May
25
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
There is some deflection, but very little. Yet starting the car with the hood open confirmed what was already obvious; it is DEFINITELY the belt squealing.
May
17
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
It seems this actually isn't the problem! The belt has almost zero deflection.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
A+ for effort, thanks a ton.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
No freakin clue. edit: translate: Yes that would be nice
May
7
comment Hood won't open
I attempted to manipulate it and had very little success. I did not attempt to lube it. Yet.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention the grill comes off completely. '97 was a long time ago. The centre cannot hold.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
Not while I'm in the office, but maybe later. :)
May
7
comment Hood won't open
I can get my hand in, but the latch won't move and I can't make out what's holding it. Likely someone with greater familiarity of what they're looking at right there might find it much clearer.
May
6
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
Wish I could give this ten upvotes. Even if it turns out not to be the problem, it's just a great explanation and guide. Kudos.
May
6
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
No. Squealing continues after engine is started and until car is fully in motion.
Apr
14
comment What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?
Definitely informative
Nov
26
comment What is a GB in this part diagram?
Wow, good call. Subaru Legacy '97. 2200.
Nov
20
comment Car not starting easily in the cold?
As far as I know...16 years. But I suppose the prior owner must have changed it at some point...right?
Jun
7
comment Car making a groaning sound when it moves?
Every time the car's inertia changes. During turns, lane changes, stops, starts, increase/decrease in speed.
Jul
25
comment Keeping an old car alive?
I've already got that rust as of the past year! It worries me but I don't know what to do about it.
Jun
16
comment Can anyone identify the problem?
For the record, having identified and fixed the problem: I was low on transmission fluid, but not out. Apparently I just couldn't see well enough in the half-light under which it was examined. The true problem turned out to be simply that my coil had died altogether and needed to be replaced entirely. I still don't fully understand why that allowed for the car to start at all. Thanks for your answer though!
Jun
16
comment Keeping an old car alive?
I feel like I'm consulting the medical team on options for my dying grandfather.
May
18
comment I bought a new radio. How difficult would it be for an amateur to install?
I think I got such an adapter, yes. Well, what I got is the item on the left in this picture: autotoys.com/pics/ROEM-GM21.jpg
May
1
comment Can anyone identify the problem?
Thing is, I'm not certain it is the transmission. I'm far from knowledgeable about these things. The mechanics this morning said it sounded more like engine trouble to him, like it was misfiring, but he's going to look at both and get back to me soon. Update pending.
Apr
29
comment What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?
I have AAA. It's $3/mile to be towed. 200+ miles from home...bad. I mean, sure, you can get towed to a local auto shop, but what if the repair is $1000 and you're a poor college student and you don't have that? Is there any safety net that exists for such situations?