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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Feb
19
comment Car Battery Dying Overnight - Disconnected
You should also bring the bad battery with you as they might have a core charge rebate (bring dead battery and get a discount). They'll definitely recycle bad battery for you.
Feb
19
comment Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?
All: feel free to have open-ended discussions IN THE CHAT ROOM.
Feb
18
comment How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?
So you and I are both agreeing with this answer: don't even start an overfilled car.
Feb
18
comment How far can I drive with 1 gallon too much oil?
I'd recommend making your recent edit even stronger: put it at the top of the answer in bold.
Feb
18
comment Will a radiator still work properly if laid on its side?
I'd recommend that you take a still picture (or two) from your youtube video to illustrate the situation as well. It helps those of us that can't reach youtube right now.
Feb
18
comment Can you rinse air filters with water?
It would help if you were more specific about which particular air filter you're asking about. Air intake filter for the engine? Cabin air filter for the ventilation system?
Feb
14
comment How reliable is a second hand 2011 bmw 335i?
The problem with shopping advice is that it does not lend itself well to a definitive answer. However, we do have a chatroom that is excellent for this sort of open-ended discussion.
Feb
13
comment What potentially may be wrong with a front-right leg of a stabilizer?
I just noticed "it's just a metal stick with two moving parts on its ends" - yes, that describes almost every really important part of the car :-)
Feb
13
comment Looking at car mileage
As written, this question is open-ended and answers are going to be opinion-based. That makes it hard to answer definitively. If you'd like to have a discussion about these or related issues, a better place to ask would be in the chat room
Feb
12
comment How can I get rid of door dings?
@MDMoore313, the product will often have useful directions. I usually wait until the wax is dry / hazy enough to see clearly. Use of cotton cloths will avoid scratchy polyester fibers. I tend to bias towards vertical passes on the sides of the car and fore-aft passes on the horizontal surfaces.
Feb
11
comment What potentially may be wrong with a front-right leg of a stabilizer?
@BrianKnoblauch, yes, that's a much better initial symptom. Pulling out is the end state rather than the initial finding.
Feb
10
comment What potentially may be wrong with a front-right leg of a stabilizer?
Check the updated question - @abyss.7 has added picture of part in question, make, model and year.
Feb
10
comment What potentially may be wrong with a front-right leg of a stabilizer?
If you add the make, model and year of your car, it will help us put answers in better context.
Feb
6
comment Cola vs Baking soda vs Water to clean battery, and what should be used afterwards?
@Paulster2, while I agree that very hot water might work pretty well, I hesitate to introduce lots of water under my hood. Pesky stuff, gets everywhere, spreads things that shouldn't be spread and puddles where it shouldn't. Given the chance, I'd try a stiff brush on its own before I used water alone. Anything that comes off can be cleaned up with a broom. That's my preference for my car, though: your mileage will vary.
Jan
31
comment When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?
Well, mine does. I slide a lever from left to right and a little flap goes clunk. Recirc!
Jan
30
comment When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?
Might want to add points like: 1. some cars do not defrost well when set on recirc (like mine) and 2. it'll make nice hot air once the car heats up. Just because it says "A/C" doesn't necessarily mean that it's making the car colder.
Jan
29
comment Gasoil and fuel are known do contain a lot of undesirable wastes. Worth filtering them before use?
I don't agree with the phrase "known to contain": the woman in the cube next to me drives her diesel every day for a total of hundreds and hundreds of miles per week. She never thinks about the fuel quality (other than how rarely she has to purchase it) and she never has a problem with quality. Perhaps your source is questionable? Or perhaps someone is marketing a fuel filter at you?
Jan
29
comment Gasoil and fuel are known do contain a lot of undesirable wastes. Worth filtering them before use?
Are you asking for something in addition to the fuel filter that's already installed in your car?
Jan
28
comment Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries
Even if the vehicle is running fine now, it doesn't sound happy. A quick run to the garage to ask them to read the engine error codes is highly recommended. A quick read of the BMW forums tells me that injector system problems are common on this vehicle (i.e., you're not alone and the solutions are well understood).
Jan
28
comment is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?
That rough strip will likely catch stray dust, dirt and wax. It's too bad it's a line. That tends to catch your eye more than a lone spot would. This may be a case of diminishing returns, though: it's not clear that this sort of fix can ever be truly perfect.