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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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...
Aug
14
comment Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting
@TimoGeusch, now take all of the above and turn it into an answer so we can up-vote it!
Aug
14
comment Aftermarket start-stop system
@StevenBerkovitz, yes, I'm familiar with the principle and the implementation in BMWs. The original post was very spare in terms of word count: I'm trying to ensure that someone trying to answer the question knows what to answer.
Aug
13
comment Aftermarket start-stop system
Just to clarify: you are asking for an aftermarket system that replaces the action of the ignition key? As in, come to a red light, turn the engine off?
Aug
11
comment Performance Exhaust — what, how, why?
@BrianKnoblauch, I think your comment conflates a few points: it sounds like you're arguing that a car will have highest MPG at full-throttle. The actual MPG number is going to depend on many more variables than just the throttle position (e.g., current speed => drag).
Aug
10
comment DIY car repair: Which car should I try to start with?
You're welcome.
Aug
10
comment DIY car repair: Which car should I try to start with?
This question talks about this subject in some detail: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/1594/…
Aug
8
comment How can I route power cables from my 2012 Kia Forte eco from the battery to the cabin?
@PeterGrace, I think you just summarized why this site is better than a whole pile of forum sites and a smattering of Google. If you get a chance to take a picture of the grommet, put a link here and I'll include it in the answer.
Aug
7
comment What's the point of the D3 gear in an automatic transmission?
@SeanReifschneider is probably right that the difference is small enough to be hard to measure and possibly insignificant to normal people. The actual fuel flow is easily measured with an OBD-II reader, though: that should be cited as the true answer to any specific situational fuel consumption question for a particular car.
Aug
7
comment What's the point of the D3 gear in an automatic transmission?
@endolith, no, shifting between D3 and D4 using the manual control is exactly the same as when the automatic handles it on its own. By moving the lever D4->D3, you're telling the transmission "please don't use fourth gear." Moving D3->D4, you're saying "go ahead and use fourth gear if you need to."
Aug
6
comment Do I Need to Compress the Springs to Install Strut Tower Braces?
Nice pictures - they make the point well.
Jul
23
comment Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
@TMN, you're not wrong on either point. As tarheel points out in the above comment, it's likely that some / all of that adhesive was from the previous set of weights. If the shop hadn't already balanced the wheel, that might still be an area to ask about: is this wheel weight missing on purpose?
Jul
19
comment BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing
This is also a good source to consider - a loose connection to the intake might cause some of these symptoms.