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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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.
Oct
1
comment Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power
Is this a CVT car? We drove a Forester with a CVT recently and ran away. It sounded exactly like a slipping clutch. You'd be able to tell by looking at the tachometer - if the engine revs are staying mostly the same as you accelerate, it has a CVT.
Sep
8
comment Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?
For context, it would help if you would share the specific vehicle and situation that you're thinking of. For example, I don't bother with an extinguisher driving my car around town. If I were driving a Miura way out in the countryside, I'd definitely have one due to the high risk of it suddenly bursting into flames far from any assistance.
Sep
8
comment Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?
Good point about the unsecured fire extinguisher. However, it's worth making the point that you can properly secure the extinguisher and have it in the vehicle without additional risk.
Aug
28
comment Brakes go to the floor
Just a reminder: if a long comment chain helps with the answer, it's a good idea to edit the original text to take advantage of the result of that dialog. It makes things a little easier for the next person to have the exact same problem.
Aug
26
comment Why does a diesel sound like that?
Your note five is confusing. Did you mean to say "gasoline engines" instead of effectively saying that X > X?
Aug
23
comment Finding cars that a particular battery is compatible with
Could you be more specific about why you're asking? What's the specific problem that you're trying to solve? Or are you just curious?
Aug
18
comment Realistically, how much can I expect to improve cloudy headlights by polishing?
I just went through a process much like this. My last step was a sort of clearcoat spray to give the lenses some UV protection (rather than wax). All in all, headlights that are 150K miles old suddenly looked brand new.
Aug
16
comment Steering wheel locks up after screeching noise and air bubbles in power steering reservoir
I remember my power steering pump dying some time after my car ate a deer. "Screaming" is exactly the word for the sound that it made!
Aug
11
comment How do you anticipate battery failure in advance?
Another age measure is the warranty on the battery. The manufacturer is good at math and will figure out how often they expect to have to pay out a warranty claim.
Aug
5
comment BMW 320i e36 VS BMW 325i e36
It would help if there was a specific question here. "Pros and cons" are largely a matter of opinion and could wander into the fit and finish of the cockpit. This sort of open-ended discussion is welcome in the chat, though.
Aug
2
comment What causes brakes to pulsate right after rotor and pad replacement?
"It's not your new brakes" - good point. It likely is the new brakes but completeness does require us to consider the possibility that something coincidentally came up.
Jul
30
comment Mondeo 04 TDCI bent conrod - worth fixing?
"they're on the opposite (bottom) ends of the pistons" - this is my favorite part of this answer. :-)
Jul
27
comment How can I remove the rearview mirror button off my windshield that I just put on upside down?
This sort of answer seems common to all adhesive removal (except for the razor part). Do we need an adhesive tag (or something like it)?
Jul
25
comment 1996 Toyota Camry - ignition or wiring
This answer would be much more useful to the next person with the exact same question if you capture the flow of comments above as a series of steps in the answer itself. Currently, when I open the answer, I only see the very first comment.
Jul
18
comment What is the small plastic dimple found on some front doors?
Exactly. It is also the thing that gets pried out of position when a bad person wants to steal things from your car. I was never able to get ours precisely back in shape on our old Honda.
Jul
15
comment Engine missfires when accellerating first gear
See Zaid's answer here (and cited above): he suggests MAF, fuel pump / filter and O2 sensors as possible culprits.
Jul
14
comment diesel pressure issue Fiat Punto 1.3 JTD
This sounds like the car is going into a "limp home" mode. Could you post the exact error messages that you are getting? I assume those are coming from some sort of OBD-II scanner or equivalent. FYI: my car can go into a limp home mode if the fuel filler cap isn't on tightly enough - that might be an easy thing to check.
Jul
11
comment 2002 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF CL 1.4 - No power for first 3 mins driving
Lorraine, it's great that your issue is fixed. In the interest of future visitors, it would be great if you could share a few more words about why / how you found out that the lambda sensor was bad and how you know if fixed the problem. At that point, you could accept your own answer and the next person to come in with the same problem would see this as a likely option.