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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Dec
3
comment How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)
Not on the road, no, not since I had a drop-throttle oversteer tank-slapper in my old Mustang. That said, in the WRX, I enjoy a snowy empty parking lot more than is strictly legal.
Nov
30
comment How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
+1 for two possible approaches and a picture.
Nov
30
comment How old is too old for a new tire?
You should also consider this particular source: a five year old tire from the Tire Rack warehouse is not the same as a tire that I've had sitting in the back corner of my garage for the same amount of time.
Nov
29
comment Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period
My response to claims like this is "show me the data." The burden of proof is on the person making the claim, not the person saying "that sounds crazy." See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies and lmgtfy.com/?q=butt+dyno
Nov
28
comment How long can I drive on a donut spare?
@Shykin, I'm being as specific as I can within the information that you originally provided. If you'd like a more specific answer, it helps if you front-load the question with more data. For example, is that the original donut that came with the car? If so, you're asking if you can drive a long way on a twenty year old emergency spare. The answer is still no (only more so).
Nov
9
comment All weather tires vs winter tires on well-plowed roads
@mac, like I said, I'm with you: winter tires are great when you need them and you almost never know in advance. It's always comforting that you have equipment on hand that can help you avoid an accident even when you feel like the rest of the world is just driving around aiming at you.
Nov
4
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
@hillsons has some good suggestions for a re-write. Question 4 would be a good one to investigate further. As written, though, this question is specifically called out by the FAQ as not productive.
Nov
2
comment What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?
Just to focus the answers, you might need to specify "winter". Around here (Rhode Island, USA) winter is nothing special most of the time. Siberia winter is a different story. Are you talking about a winter where you'd die of exposure? Or would only be inconvenienced waiting for a tow truck?
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
Right: a "general car layout perpective" is what makes these almost unanswerable questions. Any answers to all four of those questions boil down to "it depends on your specific car." A comparison between two specific cars would be a much more effective discussion.
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
"Ever had to push out your uncle's bimmer from a snowy garden?" - this isn't convincing me that this is a productive question.
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
This isn't really answerable: 1, 2, 3, and 4 will all receive plenty of opinions but can't be nailed down without a lot more specific information. mechanics.stackexchange.com/faq#dontask
Oct
22
comment What Could Cause a Sudden Loud Noise When Driving on Highway?
@mac, your comment is a good start towards an answer. You should put it in the block below so I can vote for it....
Oct
19
comment What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?
Welcome to the site. Your experience could potentially be of use to the original poster if you provided some more information. For example, did you transmission fail due to the same sort of reason (service personnel error) or was there another cause? You could also provide more information on the second point: how did you approach the repair of the transmission?
Oct
18
comment How Do I Remove My Socket Wrench Between the Idler Pulley and Wheel Well
@SeanReifschneider, you can shut up now. Remember how militant I am about safety gear? Now you know one of the reasons why.... ;-)
Oct
15
comment Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?
Rory sounds right to me: this sounds like exactly what would happen when the underhood temperatures get high, triggering the fan. From looking at the pictures, there isn't a lot of room for air to move around on its own. It seems like the engine is going to only shed heat with the fan running or with airflow (which is exactly what you've seen).
Oct
14
comment Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf
+1 for the part number - thanks for leaving the answer for the next guy who has the exact same problem!
Oct
14
comment Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf
Fixed the picture in the post
Oct
12
comment I know this isn't good, but what is it and how hard is it to replace?
@BrianKnoblauch, in fairness to the bushings and the bolts - it looks like they held. The bar broke but the bolts appear fine....
Oct
1
comment recommended driving speed for maximum fuel efficiency
Remember that atmospheric drag increases with the square of the velocity (and that's BEST case).
Sep
27
comment Engine braking with an automatic transmission
@mikes, in the absence of specific information about a particular situation, I'd have to say that he's wrong: moving the gear selector isn't going to automatically shorten the life of the transmission.