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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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.
Jul
11
comment What is the general rule, if one exists, for determining the difference between crank horsepower and wheel horsepower?
Don't forget that power and torque (in a car) are directly related.
Jul
11
comment Torque and engine power
I think this is really a duplicate - going to point it that direction.
Jul
11
comment What is the general rule, if one exists, for determining the difference between crank horsepower and wheel horsepower?
@Ellesedil, there is a difference. AWD loses more to drivetrain losses (which is what Paul is describing). You can think of it as if every mechanical bit between the engine and the wheels is adding to the frictional effect. So, for example, my AWD WRX is losing a greater percentage to drivetrain losses than a RWD BRZ. However, my WRX still ends up with a higher wheel horsepower number (plus the AWD is wonderful in the snow :-).
Jul
8
comment 2004 Hyundai Elantra stalling when tank is full
Here's a thing to try: if you can get the issue to occur in a place where it's safe to park and idle for a bit, hop out and open the filler flap (not the gas cap itself). There should be something like a white button near the gas cap. If you push that, you'll release some of the vacuum in the tank (if that's a problem). If that's part of the issue, you should notice an immediate change in the idle.
Jul
8
comment Which Honda cars are equipped with permanent AWD?
@Ellesedil, Subarus also have the additional plus of being totally awesome. There, I said it.
Jul
8
comment Oil leak should have changed oil not added
Could you add more information about the leak? How did you notice it? Any thoughts on where it's coming from? Are you sure that you aren't seeing air conditioner condensation (i.e., water)? I ask because it's super humid here and many cars have puddles under them.
Jul
8
comment Oil leak should have changed oil not added
The only possible "damage" I can see here is that Susan added some oil to old oil the she's about to change. So, she's spent a little money that she didn't have to.
Jul
7
comment 4 stroke valve timing diagram: if valves are open during TDC, wouldn't they hit the piston?
@midnightBlue, you are right: the engine has to be perfectly calibrated in an interference engine. Otherwise, there could be contact between piston and valve (which is, as you might imagine, bad).
Jul
1
comment Most appropriate small engine to rebuild for learning purposes?
Is there any reason not to buy a used generator and start from there?