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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.


Feb
23
comment Should I clean the engine area
Wow, that does make us in the UK sound like a bunch of arsonists:-/
Feb
19
comment Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away
If your revs drop to zero while you are coasting along in gear then I'd be very concerned - is the speedo electronic?
Feb
15
comment Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?
If you don't have the necessary lift or stands in your garage I'd probably suggest taking it along to a local mechanic. This will also have the advantage that they can listen as well, and will be in a very good position to identify the noise.
Feb
5
comment How to lubricate automotive locks?
See @metalheart's answer - a spray lubricant like WD40 is the best and simplest option here.
Feb
5
comment How to lubricate automotive locks?
Agreed - this is what I have used in the past. It avoids stickiness, although you will want to place an absorbent towel below the keyhole to soak up excess lubricant.
Feb
5
comment Why would my electrical systems cut out when I brake?
yep - I can't understand why the fuse doesn't go, but this seems like the only likely cause...
Jan
30
comment Tire Diameter Vs Tire Wear
agreed - from experience of going through 2 or 3 sets a year, these are the major factors (in fact the top two for me are driving style and compound)
Jan
30
comment Explain the sound of a car's ignition?
Updated-Thanks.
Jan
29
comment What would be a very efficient on-board camera?
Hi Skippy - updated my answer based on your question. Much more useful now, as we can see what you are trying to do.
Jan
27
comment How do I know what quality tires to choose? What criteria sets them apart?
No, you misunderstand, @theug, I am not suggesting that. Grip is often compromised for wear, but they are both factors you need to weigh up. How important are the factors to you.
Jan
21
comment Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
well, at risk of sounding facetious, this site can be very useful. As you come up against a problem, or an area you need information on, ask the question.
Jan
18
comment Repairing a motorcycle tire puncture. With heat or without heat?
mac - totally agree. A temporary fix to crawl back to the garage. Where you would buy a new tire :-)
Jan
14
comment Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?
a slight addition to this: on many bikes, leaving the selector in the reserve position may cause fuel to drip out onto the floor continually until the tank is empty.
Jan
6
comment If I can feel the difference between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, am I imagining it?
You should not feel any difference, other than a bit of extra noise (as the transmission is drivign all 4 wheels) and slightly less slip on a slidy surface.
Jan
3
comment Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?
It's a bit of both really:-)
Jan
3
comment Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?
They will drop a bit, until the voltage drops below whatever threshold is set. Mine does this too, until the revs get down to about 800, then you can hear the surge as the throttle is opened slightly
Jan
2
comment What does “washed out” mean, in terms of headlights?
Or go for a higher wattage ballast if that is the recommended size.
Dec
21
comment Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine
Hmm - not sure what scientific references will work. Garage references may be possible :-)
Dec
21
comment Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine
Not sure what proof you want, dude - that's just the way it is :-)
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
Yeah, even racing I still use the clutch, but heel and toe-ing speeds up the down changes:-)