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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Jun
13
comment What could make a noise when I decelerate with a manual gearbox?
Your gear level question is interesting: have you tried damping the vibrations of the gear lever while the noise is occuring? If it's the gear lever, even the lightest torque will change the sound.
Jun
12
comment Gurgling sound from blow off valve at medium RPM
@Nick, exactly - in my case, the stock valve vents back into the intake. It's likely that I have a similar sound going on at some particular midrange RPM but I can't really hear it due to the muffling of the intake manifold.
Jun
12
comment Gurgling sound from blow off valve at medium RPM
As always, it's your car so you have to decide what to worry about. That said, I don't think you need to worry. Compressor surge could cause damage (given enough time). A burbling blow-off valve is likely just a quirk.
Jun
12
comment Audio player doesn't read some songs
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an MP3-playing CD player. It's not clear that this has anything to do with this site.
Jun
9
comment Operating stick shift
This sort of question is off topic for the main site. However, it is welcome in the more open-ended chat room: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/…
Jun
3
comment Malfunctioning air conditioner mystery - recharge makes car run worse
Do you have a pressure valve that you could use to check pressure in the system?
May
30
comment Oil leaking from spark plug socket
Going purely from the picture, it looks like you might not have leakage from the sparkplug socket. If you look carefully, it almost looks like something spilled into that area and ran to either side of the sparkplug. Did you spill some oil during the last change?
May
30
comment Can a head gasket leak cause the cat to plug?
"plugged cat had caused the problem of the blown head gasket" - wow. I didn't realize that that was even possible!
May
28
comment Do Pre-2000 Ford trucks have a less mechanically crowded workspace than a Post-2000 Ford truck?
You might want to clarify: are you asking if pre-2000 trucks are less cramped than post-2000?
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
Just for clarity, is this part of a climate control system? Are you setting a particular temperature that the AC computer is trying to reach? This would be unlike my car with its dial that's blue on one side and red on the other.
May
23
comment Will a 12 V cooler box significantly affect the performance/gas mileage of my car?
Obviously, this assumes that you're only running the cooler when you're driving around. If you fire up the car just to make things cold, you're going to be wasting a lot of fuel.
May
20
comment What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?
@Paulster2, don't forget differential losses, even in a close-to-1:1 gear. I'm less charitable and suspect that the dyno operator took a measurement and applied a rule of thumb (e.g., 20% drivetrain losses sounds about right!) I totally agree that wheel horsepower is always more useful since none of us drive an engine stand to work.
May
20
comment What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?
@Paulster2, BHP is the unit for brake horsepower - if they're using a chassis dyno, they're almost certainly applying some multiplier to "correct" for gearbox/transmission/etc loss. How accurate is that? Good question. <-- Bob gives Paul a meaningful look indicating opportunities to write even more words in a lengthening answer ;-)
May
20
comment check vehicular damage on tire bursts
@marchemike, glad to hear it. Blowouts are scary - it sounds like you handled it and got away pretty cleanly.
May
19
comment What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?
"most likely refers" should be replaced with "definitely refers" - BHP always == brake horsepower
May
19
comment What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?
tl;dr: it's fine. dyno-ing = measuring. See @Paulster2's answer.
May
19
comment lowest tire pressure for a 44psi tire
The more important number is the psi that your car expects - check the metal plate inside the driver's side door.
May
18
comment Where can a tire be leaking if no nail/screw?
I suspect that the reason that you've received a downvote for this answer is that you aren't addressing the OP's original questions (e.g., could that aging tire plug be the problem?)
May
15
comment Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?
As mentioned before, the real challenge is that of quantifiable metrics. Is "noticeable difference" a reading on the butt dyno? Or is there a specific measure that you can cite?
May
14
comment Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?
As mentioned before, the real challenge is that of quantifiable metrics. "Turn in" is a subjective measure that's heavily biased by "I spent money on this so I'm going to assume that things are better."