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Computer scientist working at [A Facility] developing [Systems] that [Do Stuff] at [Places].

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Jun
29
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
27
reviewed Close Does anyone has idea what DR abbreviation in car name means?
Jun
27
comment Does anyone has idea what DR abbreviation in car name means?
Please feel free to bring off-topic questions such as these to the chat. You'll likely get more useful information without the stricter Q&A requirements of the main site.
Jun
27
reviewed No Action Needed VW T2 Headlining Replacement
Jun
26
comment Exposed tire wire- safe to drive home?
@Paulster2, I don't think so: look at the wear patterns: the inner edge is worn flat. The middle and outer grooves are nearly untouched. I think you could hide a pencil in there, much less pass the penny test.
Jun
25
reviewed No Action Needed Exposed tire wire- safe to drive home?
Jun
25
comment How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?
(Okay this is to not-Ellesedil): humid air and water injection are not the same thing. Water injection is still water droplets (small ones admittedly). They don't turn to water vapor (i.e., humidity) until evaporation or a phase change (if the air is at or near 100C) occur. That evaporation / phase change absorbs plenty of heat and reduces the temperature enough (benefit) that the increased humidity is offset (cost). Personally, I would rather keep my intercooler cool - that'll cool the air without bumping humidity.
Jun
25
comment How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?
Page 179 of Maximum Boost by Corky Bell: "David Hobbs ... could feel a power loss when the sun came out from behind a cloud."
Jun
25
comment How to determine type of battery
I agree: this is largely a don't care for normal operations. The best reference might be the big book in the shop: look up your particular vehicle and they'll recommend a specific battery for you.
Jun
25
answered How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?
Jun
25
comment How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?
You're almost certainly thinking of David Hobbs. Legend says that his butt dyno is so finely calibrated, he could detect the difference in horsepower resulting from driving through the shade.
Jun
24
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
23
reviewed No Action Needed What is the difference between a short base and long base fuse panel?
Jun
19
comment Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking
That might cause a change in braking but I would expect a secondary symptom of a crazy loud screech on braking.
Jun
19
comment My a/c goes in and out at random times. Help!
I think you're right: this sounds like the refrigerant has leaked down to a marginal level. The compressor is turning off right away because there's not enough for it to compress. Now, that said: if the refrigerant has leaked out, there's still a leak in the system that needs fixing. I was just reminded of that fact when I didn't replace the O-rings before recharging the system: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/15399775#15399775
Jun
18
comment Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system
@TomMacdonald, I might be completely off base. Hopefully, you'll find out the correct answer and tell us here.
Jun
18
answered Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system
Jun
18
comment Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system
Just to clarify: when you say "pressure cap", you're talking about the cap on the radiator itself, right? We aren't discussing the expansion / overflow tank? That's the separate plastic container where the level raises and lowers based on the current temperature of the coolant.
Jun
18
comment Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system
I find points one and two to be the most interesting. Does your car exchange heat between the oil and the coolant? E.g., on mine, the oil and coolant pass in close proximity in a heat exchanger. I'm wondering if you're seeing much higher coolant temperatures (and therefore pressures) than normal due to prolonged periods under boost.
Jun
17
awarded  Synonymizer