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  • 2006 Litchfield Subaru Forester 2.5STi
  • 2000 Subaru Impreza turbo PPP

Certified petrolhead - long time Subaru owner, mostly high specced (PPP, STi or other performance mods) and will race anything with an engine.

Have been monkeying around with engines since the late eighties.

comment How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?
I think it is a duplicate of the one you linked to, unless you are asking something different?
comment Motorcycle starter sometimes clicks, but doesn't start - tapping with hammer helps it start
true, although the mechanics I spoke to when I had a car that required the odd application of blunt force said at this stage it is often best to just get a whole new starter.
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Yep, Subaru manual and the garage guys. For the older Subaru I have a manual process I can carry out at home to retune, but the Litchfield requires ECU work.
comment Where'd my heat go?
Interesting question - my car heater has started to get cooler. On a good run I get full temperature, but if I am parked with the engine running and the heater on full, it cools right down to near ambient temperature.
comment Usability of Unused Winter Tires
And especially with winter tyres, they are designed for low temperatures - the rubber compound lasts even less time than an ordinary tyre at warmer temperatures.
comment Engine Bogs down with A/C or Defroster On
compressors - some are electrical, some mechanical. I'm prepared to believe you when you say that in this case it is mechanical. The alternator must supply current to the battery and the engine - if this is too low, the engine can lose power/idle speed.
comment Engine Bogs down with A/C or Defroster On
updated for you.
comment Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals
Most of these are manufacturer specific and not shared with anyone other than approved service centres, so I'm not sure whether you will get many useful answers to this one.
comment Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?
you should change wipers or at least wash them well and rub them with a rain-X soaked tissue. That should help. In general, with Rain-X you shouldn't need to use wipers at all for a while - that's the general idea.
comment Why do head gaskets fail in diesel engines?
That all depends - the longer the gasket survived, the more chance something else happened, but I have had head gaskets fail with no other damage to the engine, just to cooling components or hoses.
comment Fuel efficiency and altitude
hmmm - interesting. I have to admit the link between power and mpg may not be direct. I get a dramatic difference in power but didn't check mpg at the same time. Your ECU may do something relatively intelligent
comment Removing front panel to install new stereo? (Toyota Levin 97)
If you pop this as an answer you can accept your own answer - gives you rep points, and lets this question live in the 'answered' pile.
comment Why use a car battery charger?
This is especially true through cold winters
comment 2005 chrysler neon clunking noise from front end
Can you identify even generally where the sound is coming from? eg Left, Right, Centre. This would help - and is the vibration from the same area as the clunk?
comment Ford Focus door not latching closed at freezing temperatures
SOunds about right - this is one of those areas moisture gets into so it wouldn't surprise me. Once the WD-40 has done it's work I would also go for a silicon lube.
comment Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?
@BrianKnoblauch - offtopic, but had a great time with a blowout at 120mph in a Le Mans car. Managed to brake in a straight line down to 60mph but then things became very exciting. Very glad I had runoff on that track. Made me think just how scary that would be on a road!!
comment Car is frozen. cannot start
If the starter isn't actually turning the engine over, you can try the tried and tested method af walloping the starter motor with a hammer. I had one car which responded well to this treatment.
comment Is it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?
@bobpaul - yep - updated. Thanks
comment What's happening when you give someone a boost?
A quick process point - I would always start the good car before attaching the wires, as otherwise if the good battery is slightly low you might have trouble starting the good car (current may be drawn through the bad battery from the good one)
comment Block Heater Plug Location 2007 Ford Focus
If it isn't in your manual, are you certain it has one? I have never had a car with one so this is just a guess.