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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


Oct
16
comment How do maintenance costs compare between gas and diesel engines?
Can you be more specific about which particular truck you're considering? Also, you should consider the torque vs. power trade-offs.
Oct
12
comment What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?
@Paul, please flag duplicates that you spot. We do try to curate those.
Oct
11
comment How to understand different engine oils?
Okay, now you're just showing off.
Oct
10
comment What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?
Is this a duplicate of this question over here? mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/12699/57
Oct
10
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
This question is a bit too vague to provide concrete answers. For example, my car has a turbo and an oil feed that goes through it. There's a potential that oil will be burned somewhere in that hellish environment. That's less of a problem than it is something to expect. A two-stroke engine has oil in the fuel: oil is expected to burn. You have to add oil for the engine to work. If you provide a specific example, you'll get more specific answers.
Oct
6
comment What are the temperature ranges for different oil grades?
You really need to be more specific about your application. For example, my turbo car makes a lot of heat but the ambient temperature didn't get very high this year. Likewise, it doesn't get terribly cold. Please provide some more info about your specific vehicle.
Oct
5
comment Change of transmission oil
It would help if you specified more information about the particular make and model of car about which you are asking.
Oct
1
comment Speedometer dial ranges
I believe it if you're pushing 400+ bhp. I can't imagine driving that fast with the stock aero, though. I've felt the back end of my little wagon getting scarily light at fast but not that fast speeds.
Oct
1
comment Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power
Is this a CVT car? We drove a Forester with a CVT recently and ran away. It sounded exactly like a slipping clutch. You'd be able to tell by looking at the tachometer - if the engine revs are staying mostly the same as you accelerate, it has a CVT.
Sep
8
comment Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?
For context, it would help if you would share the specific vehicle and situation that you're thinking of. For example, I don't bother with an extinguisher driving my car around town. If I were driving a Miura way out in the countryside, I'd definitely have one due to the high risk of it suddenly bursting into flames far from any assistance.
Sep
8
comment Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?
Good point about the unsecured fire extinguisher. However, it's worth making the point that you can properly secure the extinguisher and have it in the vehicle without additional risk.
Aug
28
comment Brakes go to the floor
Just a reminder: if a long comment chain helps with the answer, it's a good idea to edit the original text to take advantage of the result of that dialog. It makes things a little easier for the next person to have the exact same problem.
Aug
26
comment Why does a diesel sound like that?
Your note five is confusing. Did you mean to say "gasoline engines" instead of effectively saying that X > X?
Aug
23
comment Finding cars that a particular battery is compatible with
Could you be more specific about why you're asking? What's the specific problem that you're trying to solve? Or are you just curious?
Aug
18
comment Realistically, how much can I expect to improve cloudy headlights by polishing?
I just went through a process much like this. My last step was a sort of clearcoat spray to give the lenses some UV protection (rather than wax). All in all, headlights that are 150K miles old suddenly looked brand new.
Aug
16
comment Steering wheel locks up after screeching noise and air bubbles in power steering reservoir
I remember my power steering pump dying some time after my car ate a deer. "Screaming" is exactly the word for the sound that it made!
Aug
11
comment How do you anticipate battery failure in advance?
Another age measure is the warranty on the battery. The manufacturer is good at math and will figure out how often they expect to have to pay out a warranty claim.
Aug
5
comment BMW 320i e36 VS BMW 325i e36
It would help if there was a specific question here. "Pros and cons" are largely a matter of opinion and could wander into the fit and finish of the cockpit. This sort of open-ended discussion is welcome in the chat, though.
Aug
2
comment What causes brakes to pulsate right after rotor and pad replacement?
"It's not your new brakes" - good point. It likely is the new brakes but completeness does require us to consider the possibility that something coincidentally came up.
Jul
30
comment Mondeo 04 TDCI bent conrod - worth fixing?
"they're on the opposite (bottom) ends of the pistons" - this is my favorite part of this answer. :-)