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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.

Nov
19
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
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
comment What is this (cooling-system related) part?
Nicely done, @Paulster2.
Nov
17
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
@BobCross Incorporated your comment text -- thanks!
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
3
comment Scanning CANBUS
+1 Nice question. Would love to see some answers here.
Aug
7
comment Lights turn on randomly on Mazda 323
Absolutely -- the problem may not be physical; it could still be electrical. There could be a short in the control arm itself. One other thing to observe: does the control arm have "play"? Do you have access to a similar vehicle to compare the amount of play to a control case?
Aug
7
comment Lights turn on randomly on Mazda 323
Based entirely off of the fact that the issue can be mitigated by fiddling with the dash control, I'm going to guess that your problem is entirely with that (as opposed to the rest of the electrical system). Maybe the control arm has had one of it's "stops" break off, and there's no longer a physical piece of plastic to prevent it from engaging? Read: there may be a low-tech solution to this.
Jun
20
comment Location of fill tube for Nissan Pintara auto transmission fluid
I googled for: NISSAN PINTARA 1989-1992 WORKSHOP and found a number of relevant hits. Just be careful what you download. Only download PDFs; never run a "downloader" or an "installer" to get at a file. If it's legit, they'll link to the PDF directly.
Jun
20
comment Remote Car Climate Controller
On a VW, the key needs to be present. If it isn't, the immobilizer will prevent the car from starting.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
@Paulster2 Some of the forums mentioned keeping the power pulled for 30+ minutes, then having to do multiple drive cycles before the blend doors did their exercises.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
Apparently there's also a way to recalibrate via a scan tool.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
Just did some reading -- if the power is pulled, the system will perform an auto-recalibration on the blend doors. Might want to give that a try.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
FYI, on my 94 Grand Cherokee, the actuator is electrical. Then again, my system doesn't have climate control; it just has a blue/red dial like @BobCross described above.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
Wow, that info certainly seems to point to a failure in the heater box. I like the question @BobCross asked re: climate control. Everything about this is pointing to a problem blending air.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
Does the amount of revving impact the temp of the air? Is the air always cold until the car warms up? (this could add credence to the theory of a blend door issue, since the heater core starts out cold and warms up.) If the line's cold, I'd expect the evap to be cold, too. When the a/c goes lukewarm, does the a/c LP line go warm too?