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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.


Oct
13
comment Why do tires get bigger over the years?
I covered most if these topics in my answer. Cars are getting lighter in general. Large tyres lead to worse fuel economy. Low profile tyres are generally less comfortable.
Oct
12
comment Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf
your link doesn't provide a photo - just a 'not found' page. But in any case, a litre in 5 miles is pretty far gone, so I would suggest you replace it!
Oct
10
comment Is it possible to lock wheels when ABS is working?
The way ABS is supposed to work is by releasing and reapplying the brakes based on comparing wheel rotation speeds as one wheel locks up. On ice there is often no difference between wheels, so the system fails entirely - keeping all wheels locked on ice for about 40 feet in the example I mentioned above!
Oct
4
comment Is it possible to lock wheels when ABS is working?
Most - some give you an option to disable, but all the ones I have had require you to pop a fuse out :-)
Sep
7
comment Dead battery — is there anything else that caused this?
your battery is actually likely to last longer if you use your car a lot, so this may be part of your problem.
Sep
7
comment My car has multiple ODBII engine fault codes
Much better than my answer (and much more accurate) +1
Sep
2
comment How can I connect an Aux input to a 2004 Honda Jazz stock stereo?
Sadly on this model there is no AUX connection, but I managed to wire one up as per the guidance on @Tyler's answer.
Aug
20
comment 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser misfiring with A/C
This doesn't necessarily sound like a fuel injector problem - it could be a problem with your AC compressor. Have you looked at it yet?
Aug
15
comment Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear
The IAM is not an advocate of parking brakes, but more focused on reducing risk to the motorist than to making a quick getaway. And as for brake lights- I know I hate them dazzling me so I make sure I don't dazzle the driver behind.
Aug
15
comment Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear
Are daytime running lights in addition to your headlights (dipped or full) and rears/brake lights?
Aug
14
comment Why does my 2003 Acura TL intermittently make humming sounds when the engine is off?
Can you take a picture of it - sounds quite strange. Could it be one of these: ifixit.com/Teardown/Tracking-Device-Teardown/5250/1
Aug
14
comment Is it safe to take the paint back to the undercoat? (will it rust?)
That's why I put undercoat- it is the first of the waterproof layers.
Aug
9
comment Damaged frame on my motorbike
@Timo - I hadn't thought of a used frame - will look at costs. Thanks.
Aug
7
comment Performance Exhaust — what, how, why?
And also be aware that in many countries moving to a performance exhaust which is louder than the stock exhaust can bring legal problems, eg in the UK you may be fined, so best take that possible cost into account too!
Jul
31
comment How do I know when to replace shock absorbers?
+1 In a performance car you will also be able to feel the car get less safe on corners when he suspension is getting old and loose.
Jul
22
comment Which gear should I use to climb a steep hill?
No. Automatic transmissions are designed to use the most appropriate gear where possible. It doesn't matter what type of engine you have.
Jul
19
comment My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button
Litchfield Subaru Forester STi - Japanese import to UK. Pretty certain the windows are standard spec.
Jul
19
comment My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button
It is 6 years old, but was serviced about 3 months ago. It has a full Subaru service history - serviced at least every 10k miles. I will take it to the dealer when I get a chance - see if they have a quick fault code diagnosis.
Jul
17
comment Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?
Updated diesel pricing.
Jul
17
comment Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?
You may have some misunderstandings about petrol engines - I certainly don't change my plugs every service :-) Other than that I think you are broadly correct.