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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.


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:-)
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
Hence the toe part of heel and toe, Nick
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
hahaha - very true. But the cheering from the kids in their Recaro baby seats always made up for the eye rolling :-)
Dec
7
comment Left signal light indicator stuck on
Lynn's comment re load is still valid - something else has failed so the load has been reduced.
Dec
7
comment What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?
+1 for aesthetics and keeping fluids from getting everywhere. Not sure routing spark plug wires is a main function - not many do that like the VR6 cover, most hide them under the cover :-)
Nov
28
comment Is it OK to replace only 2 tires on an AWD car?
Anecdotally, another issue - a couple of years back I just got new fronts, and my Subaru got incredibly tail happy. Part of it would be down to the reduced grip at the back end, but part would be because of the extra torque being transmitted to the smaller radius rears. I replaced the rears a week later after ending up pointing the wrong way on a roundabout by accident!
Nov
28
comment How old is too old for a new tire?
This must be dependent on country - I know tires are very different in UK and USA, but I have never seen age guidelines in the UK. To be honest, I have never kept a set of tires longer than a year so this hasn't cropped up for me before. Mine last approximately 10000 miles before I would want to replace them anyway - for grip reasons.
Nov
19
comment motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay
Upvoted! Good answer.
Nov
19
comment motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay
Mac- I'm a moron. You are absolutely right!
Nov
19
comment What does PRNDSB means?
@Brian - in this context you may be right. It is a 4WD with a downhill braking mode, so it is definitely the type of car that could have a snow mode. Updated.
Nov
18
comment What does PRNDSB means?
What do you mean,'is it ok'? It is how it is designed.
Nov
18
comment motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay
The two relays would be for two headlights. You only have one.
Nov
17
comment motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay
Why not just use the circuit given there? If you don't require the sounder, just leave that bit off - it is only there to remind you to turn off the lights.
Nov
17
comment how to find if a car can drive on hills easily or not?
What do you mean with your second paragraph? If it is front wheel drive there is not going to be a differential for the rear wheels, as there is no transmission to them.
Nov
12
comment breaking in (running in) a very small engine
+1 100% agree with this. Follow the manual every time. 500km isn't far anyway.
Nov
11
comment 2011 ford focus ses changing tires
Do you mean the tyres aren't coming off the wheel, or the wheels aren't coming off the hub?