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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
5
comment Is changing gear to `Neutral` at all possible times a bad practice?
Many of the high level issues have been previously discussed here: Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?, Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission? and Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?
Mar
4
comment Rounded bolt head on possibly broken bolt
The reverse direction drill bit might be perfect for this application.
Mar
1
comment How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?
+1 on independent mechanic: pay someone who has no investment in this car to give you their honest opinion.
Mar
1
comment Hazards work but turn signals do not
+1 It was the lighting stalk for me.
Feb
22
comment 2007 prius premium gas or not?
Revisiting this question much later: is this really a hybrid? If so, there's an excellent chance that the batteries are going: they're right at their warranty point.
Feb
22
comment Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?
Might want to point out that one of the pass-throughs might be loose: could be water sneaking past a grommet.
Feb
22
comment Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?
Suggestion: a picture of the area in question would help us make an assessment. I'd recommend a shot from the engine's side and one from the pedal's side.
Feb
17
comment How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?
@GregLeo, yes, it's possible. The vendors that I found usually reprogram the ECU via the OBD port. I'm not making a specific suggestion because I don't think you'll be satisfied with any of the products that come up in a casual search: they appear to involve spending 100s of $USD for single digit improvements in BHP or torque.
Feb
11
comment How should I remove a paint scuff on my vehicle?
Used my random orbital on the wife's car not too long ago for this exact purpose. It seems that a significant swath of garage door paint had managed to get onto the top edge of her hatchback. A mystery.... ;-)
Feb
7
comment Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving
Well done - extra kudos if you take a picture and / or provide a part number for the person searching for the exact same thing in the future....
Feb
7
comment Ignition key sticking - key problem or lock problem?
A picture (even after the fix) would be helpful to future people with the same problem. Especially a label along the lines of "the twist was here." Also, you should accept your own answer: you solved it!
Feb
7
comment Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving
Good luck - if that turns out to be the problem, please answer your own question below. There's a 100% chance that someone out there in the internet will have exactly the same problem and will appreciate the pointer from a fellow sufferer.
Feb
6
comment Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving
Clarification: were the blades iced over when you tried to cycle them? As in, the motor tried to move them and couldn't due to the ice? If so, possible blown fuse.
Feb
5
comment dead battery 350z limited possiblities still eluding what is it?
Clarification: that's -40 to +3 Celsius?
Feb
5
comment Toyota manual transmission problem
@R.., I agree that the job is technically easy if you already know the procedure and have the tools. If you don't, there's no shame in paying a professional to take care of it. Mechanics gotta eat, too, you know.
Feb
5
comment Putting tires on rims
@theUg, Larry has contacted the user.
Feb
4
comment What is the function of a blow-off valve vs a wastegate?
Clarifying the original intent: if you are looking to up the performance of a forced induction vehicle, neither a wastegate or a blow-off valve will help. Neither is a power producer. They're just necessary plumbing.
Feb
4
comment What is the function of a blow-off valve vs a wastegate?
+1 for flattery ;-)
Feb
3
comment What is the function of a blow-off valve vs a wastegate?
Possible duplicate: You'll find several questions and answers discussing these components. You might find this question in particular to be informative: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/2731/57
Jan
31
comment How old is too old for a new tire?
@JerryOL, because I know that, at a minimum, my garage is not climate controlled. In fact, it's more sort of climate uncontrolled: air quality is terrible, who knows what kinds of particulates, temperature extremes, etc.