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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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.
Sep
27
comment Engine braking with an automatic transmission
@mikes, I'm trying to understand: do you mean there are a finite amount of shifts for the whole transmission over the life of the car?
Sep
26
comment My truck is not accelerating when going to low gear from high gear
Any other symptoms other than a loss of power? No smoke?
Sep
24
comment 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?
Is the number on that connector 2506?
Sep
21
comment Engine braking with an automatic transmission
Not part of the answer below but relevant to "My belief is that...": one of the things that I find most comforting about cars (and most of the physical world, really) is that it doesn't matter what I believe. The car just is. Wear happens. I can find out why. I can fix it.
Sep
10
comment How can I identify which wire should hook to my headlight switch in my Mazda Protoge (91)?
If we ever get a bigger picture, we can add it in place of the thumbnail.
Sep
8
comment Is it worth getting an OBD2 scanning tool?
@ZioN, that's fine - just be aware that the mechanic already has a scanning tool.
Sep
7
comment Dead battery — is there anything else that caused this?
Or, if you don't want the gas expenditure of a long journey, put the battery on a trickle charger overnight once a week.
Sep
6
comment Removing a nail from my tyre
Suggestion: a picture would really help. It's not clear from the text whether there's a puncture or just damage.
Sep
6
comment Removing a nail from my tyre
+1 because I forgot that motorcycles only have two tires: neither is extra....
Sep
2
comment Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?
@cheeken, you're welcome. Good luck!
Sep
2
comment Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?
+1 for a relatively simple question that's really nicely illustrated.
Aug
29
comment How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?
Nice literal rules of thumb. You could also use a white paper towel: new oil is almost invisible on white paper. Old oil makes you say "ick, gross."
Aug
29
comment What to do when a mechanic can't reproduce possible transmission problems?
@Jessica, that's great! Congrats!
Aug
28
comment Tire Sizing: 2001 Toyota Corolla
You're welcome. Good luck - I always had trouble convincing my dad that I knew anything about cars.... ;-)
Aug
23
comment How to track down an intermittent battery drain?
Important missing data: how old is the battery? Also, what is the temperature like there?
Aug
22
comment Installing a used ECM
Wow - I totally misread that title at first.... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_countermeasure
Aug
20
comment How to safely remove stuck threads? (Brakeline from Brakehose)
Double +1 for PB Blaster and the fire warning.
Aug
15
comment Driving in second gear at 65+ mph
Greg, you aren't seeing the original point: the car stayed in second. It didn't automatically upshift because of the driver's gear selection.
Aug
15
comment Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear
FYI: quite a few cars in the USA tie the day-time running lights to the parking brake. So if you raise the handle, the lights go out, possibly making the person opposite think that you're trying to signal who knows what...