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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
16
comment “Irreparable” tire damage incurred due to road pothole
Leaking air => probably requires repair.... If there are visible symptoms (i.e., would show up in a picture), it would be great to have hear as a reference for future readers. "This is an example of pothole induced tire damage - could be fatal to your tire."
Jan
16
comment In the -20F temperatures last week my temperature gauge was stuck under the 1/4 mark. Heating was also affected
It's not clear what you're asking. One way of reading this is "when it was cold outside, my heater had trouble keeping up." Is there are more complex problem here? Please provide more information so that we can provide substantive help.
Jan
14
comment “Irreparable” tire damage incurred due to road pothole
A picture of the tire and the damage in question would help us give critical feedback on the initial diagnosis.
Jan
8
comment Blazer overheating in cold temperatures
... or did the coolant freeze in one of the lines?
Jan
8
comment Is it efficient to use the cabin heat in my car?
I agree - it will make a difference but it will be so small that it will be lost in the noise of everyday driving. It's an entirely different situation than using the air conditioner.
Jan
7
comment Assuming identical and sufficient ABS, and ignoring aerodynamics, are tires the only factor for braking distance?
@mac, I agree with your Milliken and Milliken reference. Rereading the Physics of Racing is unsatisfying: it's too casual and insufficient to fully model reality (e.g., you can't assume a constant frictional force because it is not constant). I've removed the link to POR and replaced it with Milliken and Milliken.
Jan
7
comment Low coolant in freezing weather
You might also want to add links to the related answers: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/3575/57 and mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/5505/57 Straight water is a bad idea and your comment on freeze plugs in another good point as to why it's bad and how you can tell.
Jan
3
comment Does the amount of fuel in the tank matter?
@corsiKlauseHoHoHo, if you'd like to have a open-ended discussion about the physics about the multivariable system that is a car, please do that in the chat room.
Dec
30
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
Just for clarity, you're only using the jack to balance the wrench, right? It's not carrying any weight?
Dec
21
comment what is difference between DOHC and SOHC?
Defining "volumetric efficiency" and the context in which the term is important would be improve this answer for novice readers (and the OP is clearly asking a novice question).
Dec
20
comment Why is the meanning of BHP and torque in bikes or cars?
We just talked about this over here: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/7922/57
Dec
18
comment What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?
@JoshCaswell, see jzd's answer below. All the Subaru's have those connections under the steering column. Everyone who's done anything with ECU reprogramming (e.g., Accessport) has connected these bits together and been startled by all the crazy shenanigans that ensue in the cockpit.
Dec
18
comment What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?
Ditto on my Subarus
Dec
17
comment 2007 Chevrolet Impala over Heating
Welcome to the site: please add additional content and context to your original question text directly. That will help us to help you.
Dec
17
comment Catalysator broken? Odd rope coming out of the exhaust pipe
The reality is that it's a lot easier to replace the exhaust components one at a time. Each chunk is going to be somewhat hefty, rusted and annoying. You really don't want the whole set of components dropping on you at once. My suspicion is that you've blown some material out of the resonator. Its geometry implies a fiberglass collar around a straight air path. By the way, if you'd like a bit more back and forth discussion than will fit in the comments, please join us on the chat.
Dec
16
comment 1997 ford f150 lariat
Just to clarify to help get better answers faster: are you trying to get heat out of the heater? Or are you worried about the engine block temperature? Are you running long enough to build up residual heat in the coolant? Which specific thermostat did he replace? Please add more information to your original question.
Dec
16
comment Catalysator broken? Odd rope coming out of the exhaust pipe
Just to clarify your answer, are those filaments in the original picture coming out of the tail pipe (as labeled in the diagram)? If so, you're likely looking at material from the resonator. If you remove the resonator and the filaments are still coming out of the connecting pipe, you're probably looking at material from the resonance chambers in the muffler.
Dec
16
comment Engine repeatedly dies at shorter and shorter intervals this cold morning, finally won't start
If this solved your problem, you should accept your own answer to your question - this will help leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the next person who has the same problem.
Dec
15
comment Catalysator broken? Odd rope coming out of the exhaust pipe
@hhh, if this is some of the sound deadening material from inside the muffler then, no, this isn't a big job nor does it affect emissions. A muffler replacement would solve the problem. In fact, when removing the muffler, you'll be able to see exactly where those filaments are coming from.
Dec
13
comment 1993 Mazda MVP gets hot only when pressing on accelerator
See also the following questions: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/4805/57, mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/5003/57 and mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/7972/57