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Full-time programmer working in the kiosk industry. Get to play with lots of fun toys. Started playing with serial devices at age 13, so prone to tinker. Recently (last 3 years) decided to extend that to working on my own vehicles.

Daily driver: 2001 VW Jetta 1.8T

Other engine-driven things I own:

  • 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
  • 1983 C-85 Wheel Horse with Blower, Snowblower, and Wagon.

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comment accelerating noise while the car is parked- VW GOLF
So, you're saying it sounds like the engine is revving? Do you see the needle of the tachometer moving too? (that's the guage showing rpm's of the engine, in thousands.)
Nov
18
revised Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?
Grammar fixes
Nov
18
awarded  Custodian
Nov
18
reviewed Reviewed Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?
Nov
18
suggested suggested edit on Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?
Nov
18
reviewed Reviewed Putting three headlights on my bike
Nov
18
revised How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?
Fix grammar and punctuation.
Nov
17
suggested suggested edit on How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?
Nov
17
comment Missing/rough idle at fist start or when parked for over 4 hours
Are you getting any fault codes out of the system at all?
Nov
17
comment What is meant by Engine Life Factor(ELF). Should I consider it while buying a vehicle? If so why is it not widely quoted?
Based entirely off of @Paulster2's answer, I'm going to go with "this is a marketing gimmick". As he said in his answer, there's too many variables that the formula doesn't (and can't) take into account. Feels like hype.
Nov
17
revised Engine Transmission
edited body
Nov
17
comment What is this (cooling-system related) part?
Nicely done, @Paulster2.
Nov
17
answered Engine Transmission
Nov
17
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
@BobCross Incorporated your comment text -- thanks!
Nov
17
revised How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
Edited in Bob Cross' comment.
Nov
12
comment Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward
@philcolbourn The inability to start the car after it's recently been turned off has gotten a lot worse. I pulled the IAC last night, and it was pretty dirty. I gave it a good cleaning, and the car is definitely idling higher, plus seems to have a big burst of RPMs at ignition. We'll see how it goes!
Oct
30
comment Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward
Automatic trans.
Oct
30
comment The car makes clicking noise when i try to turn on the engine. What could be the problem?
As @Paulster2 said, this is either a starter solenoid going bad, or a power issue. If it ends up being a power issue, and you find that the battery is dead, you should ask yourself "why"? If the battery hasn't been replaced in 4+ years, then it's simply done. If the battery is newer, then either it prematurely failed, or it's not being recharged correctly, and you actually have a charging system issue to deal with, too.
Oct
30
comment Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car
Sounds like you've got one of those Flintstones cars. Do you find yourself sticking your feet through the floorboard and making a running motion? In all seriousness, the fact that you "need to turn the steering wheel" must be causing parts of a broken connection in the ignition switch to temporarily come back into contact with each other. If it doesn't crank, it's an electrical problem, and the only explanation is that the key switch has a disconnect.
Oct
29
asked Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward