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bio website steventsnyder.com
location Los Angeles, CA
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I have quite a collection of hats, and wear most of them professionally on a daily basis. Software engineer, electrical engineer, systems administrator, graphic designer, product designer, and more.

I work for a small biotech company in Southern California.


Aug
28
comment What could be causing an uneven roll at low speeds?
What kind of car? Is it 2WD or 4WD/AWD? Does it have ABS?
Aug
28
comment Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?
For reference, Subaru's permitted difference in tire circumference is 1/4" between the smallest and largest tire. That ends up being between 1/32" to 2/32" difference in tread depth (tire radius). Not much. I don't have any specs from other manufacturers.
Aug
28
comment Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?
@RoryAlsop That probably happened because your mis-matched tire sizes caused the center diff to slip, overheat, and bind. That will quickly cause permanent damage to the viscous coupling, and will result in all kinds of wonky handling (unless you're on dirt, where it's just more awesome). For auto trans equipped Subarus the effect is similar, because the AWD system will engage the center diff clutch.
Feb
21
comment How well should a slip yoke be polished to give a proper seal?
I cleaned it up with steel wool and did go over it a bit with 2000 grit, but that last step didn't make any visible difference. Anyway, still no leaks after 500+ miles!
Sep
26
comment How to repair alternator slip rings to stop squeaking?
@jp2code Unfortunately, I bought it over a year ago so the retailer return period has ended along with the manufacturer's warranty.
Sep
25
comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
Starter-less engine starting has been around for some time. Take a look at this article: etas.com/data/RealTimes_2006/rt_2006_01_34_en.pdf
Feb
29
comment How can I know if the right oil has been added to the vehicle?
+1 for mentioning oil analysis