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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.


Nov
3
comment What can cause excessive fog on a windshield?
I would add to this - if you have cleaned the inside with products which leave a residue of any kind, you may need to give it a proper clean to get rid of this.
Nov
2
comment What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?
That is an excellent point - based on the winters of 09-10 and 10-11, Scottish winters can be a 'die of exposure' scenario as tow trucks couldn't get through the snow.
Nov
1
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
I should have said - at the same weight a RWD car should win every time - when trying to drive in slidy conditions you have more control when your power wheels are separated from your steering wheels, as you can focus on them individually.
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
Melr - I think you can already see from the answers that there is quite a difference in opinion. I know from my 25 years driving cars that my preference would be 4WD, then RWD and if I had to I would take a FWD car out - but others have different views. This may be too subjective a question in its current form.
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
You will find with respect to BMW's etc is that the main problem with them is the weight. With a cross comparison with RWD and FWD cars of similar weights, RWD should win every time - assuming you drive them correctly.
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
Very true, Brian. That last sentence was mostly an aside...My solution - 4WD with loads of power and big tyres. Heh heh heh.
Oct
30
comment Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?
It depends how you use Rain-X. You shouldn't get any smearing if you do it right. I am planning on replacing mine in about two weeks when I get my winter checkup, and shouldn't need to use wipers until at least Christmas
Oct
28
comment Jumping car battery
I have read and re- read this question but can't figure out what you are asking. Can you edit to clarify what the question is?
Oct
25
comment Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?
If the leak is small you can definitely use water - distilled is better than tap water, obviously, but for a short run impurities won't do much damage.
Oct
16
comment Mercedes C320 2003 tires & rims
What do you currently have on the front?
Oct
16
comment My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button
Hi Miran - it hasn't been yet. The diagnosis is that the actuator module is faulty and will need replacement, but that will take at least another month to come from Japan.
Oct
15
comment Is it better to drive across a speed bump at a right angle or slightly skewed?
Interesting - I agree with your last paragraph, but that it is much more comfortable to drive over straight than diagonally. Which is why it is better for the car to drive over straight.
Oct
15
comment what are causes of white smoke from pipe AUDI A4 1998 motor V6 TDI 2.5 litres
Sorry @hhhh, but I can't understand that comment.
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.