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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


May
22
comment BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine
@BrianKnoblauch, oh look, another answer framed as a comment! ;-) Wulfhart, you might want to incorporate Brian's suggestion into your own.
May
21
comment Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?
+1 for most disgusting diagnosis in a long time. Ick.
May
21
comment BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine
@Wulfhart, you should repost this as an answer - it's almost certainly the issue.
May
19
comment Determine Trim on a Saab 9-5
Your best bet is always to go with the VIN number.
May
16
comment What is the point of HID lamps?
@Brian we could make this whole post a wiki to capture this sort of info.
May
16
comment What is the point of HID lamps?
Welcome to the site. Do you have a specific question about a particular application? At present, this sounds like an open-ended discussion topic that fits squarely under this FAQ topic: mechanics.stackexchange.com/faq#dontask Perhaps some additional content to keep this from sounding so open-ended would be in order?
May
16
comment Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?
@JeffSwensen, thinking further about this, I think a slalom would be much more important in discriminating between a loose and tight chassis. In a steady-state skidpad run, the whole system will take a set and hold it. In a slalom, if the chassis is going to flex from one extreme to another. That will have an effect on the run. NOW, all that said, I don't have a skidpad or a slalom....
May
15
comment Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push
@Brian, I would suggest that you ignore the brake fluid level for now and check around the master cylinder for leaks. It's entirely possible that you have a small leak that hasn't manifested a dramatic loss of fluid yet. However, the partial loss of pressure is losing you leverage at the brake pads.
May
15
comment Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push
It would help if you provided more information. At the highest level, what type of vehicle are we talking about? That would help answer things like adjustable pedal questions.
May
11
comment Torque App Mileage reliability?
The EPA lists their specific test procedures: fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml The whole point of this sort of experiment is to gather representative data. There is a "high speed" test procedure now that captures some of the spastic nature that you describe but it isn't quite that silly.
May
9
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
Scott - when I clicked "edit" on the question, community wiki was a checkbox to the lower right of the text entry area. This question is a good one to think hard about during the beta, although we might want to put the discussion on meta rather than here.
May
3
comment Do products like Redex work?
I believe the discussion that happened over here addresses this point nicely: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/233/57 As-is, this question is hard to answer on it's own. @CoryLarson's point that you need to determine your goals first is a good one.
May
3
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
@mikes, if Scott's intention is to create a reference with annotated examples, the generally accepted approach is to turn the whole question into a community wiki. I believe that that would address your concern (mike's) while also helping Scott to put together a reference.
May
3
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
Are you intending to make this a community wiki question (i.e., not just this answer)?
May
2
comment Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars
+1 for VOSA - I was hitting the same site when I read your answer.
May
2
comment How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?
Teeny edit to add the question mark. I think this is a good question: I'd be interested to know myself.
May
2
comment How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?
@RoryAlsop, I tend to agree - it's not immediately obvious that this question isn't a duplicate of the previous. Perhaps if the question was repurposed to something more like "How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last in car X?"
May
1
comment Can anyone identify the problem?
I'd recommend changing the title question to something that will catch people's attention a little better: e.g., Is my automatic transmission broken?
Apr
30
comment What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?
I agree with Larry - this is a wiki so there's flexibility to turn it into a reference source.
Apr
30
comment Can I save money using E85 in my flexible fuel vehicle?
@Tester101, testing yourself is the only way to truly confirm a claim of efficiency. The way I set up the procedure, you're hitting the gas station pretty often but you'll have solid data quickly.