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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Nov
9
comment Why are American cars less efficient compared to european European/Japan cars
@albanx, if you'd like to have an open-ended discussion, please feel free to use the chat. This area is for asking questions that can be answered. Please review the guidance in the site tour: mechanics.stackexchange.com/tour. This is not an area for no true scotsman arguments.
Nov
6
comment Can I drive my 2013 Toyota Camry a few miles after Low Tire Pressure light comes on?
In a modern tire, a visibly low tire is dangerously low. I wouldn't drive on that much further than around the block.
Oct
31
comment Winter tyres - how necessary are they?
Yes, and I'm agreeing with you (twice now! ;-). It's colder where you are (on average) so winter tires are a better choice than my good-enough-for-Rhode-Island all seasons.
Oct
31
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
Thanks, I have plenty of thunder already. My suggestion is to add to your existing answer because it helps the 10000 people who ask the exact same question. Most people won't read the comments so an organized complete answer is our only communication path to them.
Oct
30
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
You're right that you might be able to measure a performance hit between a new and an old O2 sensor. However, most people wouldn't consider it worth their time to do the comparison. That said, O2 sensors have a finite lifespan. You might want to mention that at 127K miles, the O2 is probably done. Replacing it is usually not a hard DIY job and is certainly cheaper than what some shops would charge.... chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/340/2014/3/29
Oct
30
comment Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car
Congrats on the weirdest problem that I've heard of in quite a while!
Oct
30
comment Winter tyres - how necessary are they?
Exactly: if you're in a colder / snowier climate, all-seasons won't be sufficient.
Oct
22
comment MINI Cooper Oil Leak
Is this a turbo car (the Cooper S)?
Oct
21
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
@Paul, personal assertion is not evidence. An objective (e.g., double blind) comparison of a set of oil filters would certainly allow us to draw conclusions about which of those specific filters are actually "OEM equivalent." We still wouldn't be able to generalize to the point where "OEM equivalent" == UNSAT. The problem is still the word "probably" above and the burden of proof isn't on me.
Oct
19
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
Not really: what are your requirements? Are you looking for a filter that is equivalent to your original part when used as documented in the "regular usage" portion of your owners manual? Or are you planning to race this car? Specificity is your friend here: if you limit the question, you're more likely to get a useful answer.
Oct
19
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
"An after market filter that states it is "OEM equivalent" is probably just claiming to meet similar minimum requirements, but this is not going to have anything to do with filter media efficiency." - citation needed. What evidence supports the word "probably" in this sentence?
Oct
19
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
This isn't an answerable question as written. Could you be more specific about what you're trying to find out? As is, this is very similar to asking "Are there any differences between cars?"
Oct
16
comment How do maintenance costs compare between gas and diesel engines?
Can you be more specific about which particular truck you're considering? Also, you should consider the torque vs. power trade-offs.
Oct
12
comment What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?
@Paul, please flag duplicates that you spot. We do try to curate those.
Oct
11
comment How to understand different engine oils?
Okay, now you're just showing off.
Oct
10
comment What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?
Is this a duplicate of this question over here? mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/12699/57
Oct
10
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
This question is a bit too vague to provide concrete answers. For example, my car has a turbo and an oil feed that goes through it. There's a potential that oil will be burned somewhere in that hellish environment. That's less of a problem than it is something to expect. A two-stroke engine has oil in the fuel: oil is expected to burn. You have to add oil for the engine to work. If you provide a specific example, you'll get more specific answers.
Oct
6
comment What are the temperature ranges for different oil grades?
You really need to be more specific about your application. For example, my turbo car makes a lot of heat but the ambient temperature didn't get very high this year. Likewise, it doesn't get terribly cold. Please provide some more info about your specific vehicle.
Oct
5
comment Change of transmission oil
It would help if you specified more information about the particular make and model of car about which you are asking.
Oct
1
comment Speedometer dial ranges
I believe it if you're pushing 400+ bhp. I can't imagine driving that fast with the stock aero, though. I've felt the back end of my little wagon getting scarily light at fast but not that fast speeds.