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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Mar
14
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
@Paulster2, truly. Fire bad!
Mar
13
comment Does only traveling short distances hurt my car?
WRT Frequency of oil change: might want to remind OP that maintenance schedules are both distance and time, whichever comes first.
Mar
12
comment 2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe
@UlisesDelgadillo, burning oil would be gray and smell different. Coolant can't get into the combustion chamber too many different ways: a broken head gasket is the easiest one. Overfilling oil can be bad but is unlikely to break things in the ways that you describe: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/1125/57
Mar
12
comment 2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe
@UlisesDelgadillo, then I think you have strong evidence to support the hypothesis. I'd recommend that you talk to your shop and tell them "I think I blew my head gasket." They can do a compression check to confirm the loss of pressure but, at that age, it's not the worst idea in the world to replace the gasket anyway.
Mar
12
comment Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?
@Flup, yes, if you incorrectly used the same marks, you'd think that your car was badly overfilled. I suspect that your car is like mine, though, and there will be other marks on the stick that can be used for a cold vs. hot reading.
Mar
7
comment Service intervals for old, low mileage car
Do you have the owner's manual (or have you downloaded it)? Most service intervals cite mileage or time-elapsed, whichever comes first. Maybe your car is running well because you treat it right...?
Mar
6
comment Which sway bars to buy?
Exactly: on plenty of cars, it's almost impossible to measure the impact of a strut bar: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/110/57
Mar
5
comment Easiest and the chepest way to touch up missing paint patches on 2000 Chevy Cavalier
Are those white edges loose paint? Can you lift them with your fingernail? Those definitely don't look like scratches. Was you car parked under anything that leaks solvents?
Mar
2
comment Brakes lose grip when car hits bump
Standard Bob comment: the "do not drive" should be in super duper bold!
Feb
28
comment Most reliable used off-road with good fuel economy (for travelling expeditions)
Welcome to the site. Unfortunately, you've asked a question that is both shopping and opinion-based. As such, it's not a good fit (on the Q&A side)[mechanics.stackexchange.com/tour]. However, we welcome this sort of discussion (in the chat room)[chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/…, where there is no expectation of the One True Answer.
Feb
27
comment My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?
I'd mark that "You should not drive" in bold - this kind of problem is a killer.
Feb
26
comment Subaru Impreza 1999 - no power on acceleration
Also, what transmission? Is this a sudden problem? Did the car work fine and then cease accelerating? Or has it become worse and worse?
Feb
21
comment GSX-R front suspension technology timeline
It sounds like you've taken the lead to collect some of that information already. Maybe you should write it up yourself as a wiki article. You're right that it would probably serve as a resource for others.
Feb
20
comment What is causing this terrible grinding/groaning noise when I come to a slow stop sometimes? (but not always!)
Welcome to the site. This area is for answering the OP's question. If you have a solution to the problem, this is the appropriate place. If you'd like to start an open-ended discussion, the chat is a better place to do it.
Feb
20
comment GSX-R front suspension technology timeline
Are you looking for information that can't be found on the [wikipedia page]9http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_GSX-R_series)?
Feb
20
comment How to remove droplets of paint on my car?
You could also add very soft tools (used with great care) to the mix. If they're coming off with a fingernail, a clay bar on its own probably won't do it. I have non-marring tools that I use in my other life that could be used to carefully work them loose. You might also want to use cleaner wax for its very mild abrasive effect.
Feb
19
comment Car Battery Dying Overnight - Disconnected
You should also bring the bad battery with you as they might have a core charge rebate (bring dead battery and get a discount). They'll definitely recycle bad battery for you.
Feb
19
comment Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?
All: feel free to have open-ended discussions IN THE CHAT ROOM.
Feb
18
comment How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?
So you and I are both agreeing with this answer: don't even start an overfilled car.
Feb
18
comment How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?
I'd recommend making your recent edit even stronger: put it at the top of the answer in bold.