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Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Dec
23
comment Sputtering while driving & idling
@Trev, okay, it looks like replacing the O2 sensor was necessary but not sufficient.
Dec
21
answered Sputtering while driving & idling
Dec
21
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
Don't forget the drain holes at the bottoms of the door frames. That's one of the worst places that rust likes to live.
Dec
21
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
@Robbie, your question on snow tires for your vehicle is worthy of a separate question - go ahead and ask that, too. That way Brian can answer it again and get more rep.... ;-)
Dec
19
answered Switching gears without clutch
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
It's also worth noting that's even harder to pull this off without spousal rolling of eyes (at best). Proper heel and toe-ing is not a procedure optimized for passenger comfort.
Dec
19
awarded  Taxonomist
Dec
17
comment How to properly change out spark plugs?
@MarkJohnson, I went ahead and added the quote from the link.
Dec
17
revised How to properly change out spark plugs?
Added the snippet requested in the comments
Dec
7
comment Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?
Might want to add the link to this previous: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/3901/…
Dec
7
comment What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?
@DavidWalz, it would be a good idea to add your specific car information to the original question. Right now, that info is hidden here in the comments.
Dec
6
comment What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?
You've asked a generic question that's hard to answer with anything other than "it depends." If you provide some specific information about your can and its valve cover, we could give you a specific answer.
Dec
5
revised Is short drive trip bad for your engine?
typo
Dec
4
comment Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?
@mac, if you consistently drove your car at +1 quarts, refilling every time the excess burned away, I would agree that additional exhaust components from the oil wouldn't be good for the cat. For a single overfill, that seems less likely. That said, this is all a game of risk management. If the driver is concerned about even a low probability outcome, the remediation procedure is clear: remove the excess.
Dec
4
comment Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?
@mac, fouling a cat? Why?
Dec
4
revised Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?
I just noticed the last line. I think we're better off without it.
Dec
4
comment How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)
Nick is correct that you could start from the springs / struts first and upgrade sway bars if / when necessary. Unfortunately, a good setup will require a serious investment (as in four digits instead of three). Personally, I compromise by purchasing adjustable sway bars first. I can dial them back as I pick up better struts / springs / tires.
Dec
4
comment How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)
@Droid, my advice is to only change one variable at a time. The nice thing about suspension work is that you can do it incrementally. Frankly, I would suggest that end links should be much later on your list unless there's a great combo sale. It is, as always, up to you.
Dec
3
revised Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?
Typo
Dec
3
comment Brakes gripping and causing skidding
+1 Nice write-up: you pre-empted all of my easy suggestions. I find the last line to be the most interesting: "while applying the pedal slightly, you could feel a drag-spin-drag-spin on the vehicle"