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Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Jan
27
comment Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?
@blankip, that would be my suggestion then for the next step. It's so much easier for the mechanic to understand if you can make it happen while they watch and listen.
Jan
26
comment Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?
Does it make enough sound that you could record it with your phone? I've also had good luck taking the mechanic for a ride with me.
Jan
23
comment What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?
@GetFree, I think you need to read the MSDS a little more closely.
Jan
22
comment What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?
@GetFree, check the wikipedia entry on sealed lead acid batteries. That valve for gas blow-off? That's where the hydrogen comes out. There's nothing to be done there, that's just how chemistry works.
Jan
22
comment Replacement Interval for Carbon or Charcoal Canister
I stand corrected (based on Paul's answer below). "How often" == "Basically never."
Jan
19
comment When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?
Reminder: unidirectional tires will say "This side out" or some equivalent on the sidewall.
Jan
18
comment Replacement Interval for Carbon or Charcoal Canister
Please add more specificity to your question (e.g., make, model, year). "Most vehicles" is a little too broad.
Jan
17
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
@MatthewHaugen, if that's the case, I wouldn't expect these pads to be this scary. If they were race-specific, sure, get them hot before they will bite. However, you seem to be experiencing a whole new level of terror. That's not right.
Jan
17
comment After car runs with temp normal it drops to tempature reading cold
Welcome to the site. Could you provide a little more information? For example, are you warming up with the car sitting still and then the engine cools off when driving?
Jan
17
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
Could you tell us which specific pads you purchased? I'm worried that your concerns about operating temperature might be spot on.
Jan
10
comment 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking
@JoshCaswell, from reading the cited question and answer, I don't think the problem or solution is the same. If nothing else, the other problem required replacing a coil vs. the rubber hose discussed here.
Jan
10
comment 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking
When you smell the gas smell, find a safe place to pull over, get out and see if you can locate the smell under the hood. I've had really good luck smelling out leaking fluids in the past (especially for something pungent like fuel). NOTE: if you're investigating a running engine, make certain that none of your outfit is loose. You don't want your scarf to end up in your serpentine belt....
Jan
10
comment 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Check Engine Light is on and has started regularly sputtering
Could you provide more words about your problem? Right now, it's difficult for us to provide much of substance other than what those codes are. For example, try to describe "sputtering" and how "regularly" does it happen?
Jan
7
comment Why (almost)all dirt bikes have single cylinder engine?
Subarus do not have simultaneous ignition on any cylinders. You can easily Google for the correct order.
Jan
7
comment 2011 Chevrolet Equinox: Heater blows cold air when set to defrost mode
Are you trying to say that window glass is porous? It's not. Also, the only way to get water to show up in an airtight container is through condensation. That would assume that you trapped humid air (in the desert?) and managed to get condensation to happen. Perhaps right after the night time temperature drop but it would evaporate quickly in the day. You haven't invented a water factory.
Jan
7
comment first “non-replaceable” parts to break
I was just telling the "they used to be tall WRXes" story, bemoaning how silly Foresters have become.
Jan
5
comment Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car
@LynnCrumbling, now you need to rewrite your comment as an answer!
Jan
5
comment Is a slight steering wheel vibration normal in a 2012 Civic when cold?
Are you describing a vibration when sitting at a stop? Or are you noticing vibration while driving? Straight line? Is there a difference between right turns and left turns? At what speeds?
Jan
5
comment Oil change with front wheels on ramps?
@WarrenHudson, "theory" is also not a good choice of words. That implies that you have a hypothesis supported by a preponderance of evidence.
Jan
4
comment is my car battery bad?
How old is your battery? Are you having any other problems? Headlights dimming at a stop, for instance?