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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Jan
7
comment If I can feel the difference between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, am I imagining it?
Thanks - I put it in the text of the question.
Jan
7
comment If I can feel the difference between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, am I imagining it?
If you tell us the specific model of car, we might be able to give you detailed explanations about what you're feeling.
Jan
6
comment What is this? Hanging out of my wiring, with yellow wrapping - a testing port maybe?
+1 Larry wins with the perfect picture!
Dec
27
comment Sputtering while driving & idling
Congrats - glad that things are back in working order.
Dec
24
comment Do I have to change my speedometer setting if I get larger tires?
If you posted the exact model of Jeep, it's pretty easy to look up the exact size of tires you really need.
Dec
23
comment Sputtering while driving & idling
@Trev, okay, it looks like replacing the O2 sensor was necessary but not sufficient.
Dec
21
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
Don't forget the drain holes at the bottoms of the door frames. That's one of the worst places that rust likes to live.
Dec
21
comment How to prevent body damage and rust from salted roadways?
@Robbie, your question on snow tires for your vehicle is worthy of a separate question - go ahead and ask that, too. That way Brian can answer it again and get more rep.... ;-)
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
It's also worth noting that's even harder to pull this off without spousal rolling of eyes (at best). Proper heel and toe-ing is not a procedure optimized for passenger comfort.
Dec
17
comment How to properly change out spark plugs?
@MarkJohnson, I went ahead and added the quote from the link.
Dec
7
comment Had shocks, rear axle, tires replaced - alignment still out of spec and car vibrates?
Might want to add the link to this previous: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/3901/…
Dec
7
comment What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?
@DavidWalz, it would be a good idea to add your specific car information to the original question. Right now, that info is hidden here in the comments.
Dec
6
comment What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?
You've asked a generic question that's hard to answer with anything other than "it depends." If you provide some specific information about your can and its valve cover, we could give you a specific answer.
Dec
4
comment Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?
@mac, if you consistently drove your car at +1 quarts, refilling every time the excess burned away, I would agree that additional exhaust components from the oil wouldn't be good for the cat. For a single overfill, that seems less likely. That said, this is all a game of risk management. If the driver is concerned about even a low probability outcome, the remediation procedure is clear: remove the excess.
Dec
4
comment Will Putting An Extra Quart of Oil In My Car Ruin It?
@mac, fouling a cat? Why?
Dec
4
comment How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)
Nick is correct that you could start from the springs / struts first and upgrade sway bars if / when necessary. Unfortunately, a good setup will require a serious investment (as in four digits instead of three). Personally, I compromise by purchasing adjustable sway bars first. I can dial them back as I pick up better struts / springs / tires.
Dec
4
comment How to reduce vehicle swaying (body sway)
@Droid, my advice is to only change one variable at a time. The nice thing about suspension work is that you can do it incrementally. Frankly, I would suggest that end links should be much later on your list unless there's a great combo sale. It is, as always, up to you.
Dec
3
comment Brakes gripping and causing skidding
+1 Nice write-up: you pre-empted all of my easy suggestions. I find the last line to be the most interesting: "while applying the pedal slightly, you could feel a drag-spin-drag-spin on the vehicle"
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.