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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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."
May
14
comment Improve engine sound of Mazda RX-8
Have you tried removing sound insulation from the cockpit and trunk areas? You will hear more without annoying those around you. However, you'll definitely annoy your passengers so choose your spouse carefully....
May
14
comment What are the differences between multi-link suspensions and double-wishbone suspensions?
This is a very broad question: for example, which two specific suspensions are you comparing? Without more specificity, a perfectly reasonable answer to the first question would be "geometry" and the second would be "it depends." However, if you were to ask something more specific, it might be more useful: e.g., "Which better preserves camber throughout the various g-loads in a corner?"
May
8
comment How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?
@Paulster2, overall and instantaneous fuel consumption are measurable at all times on modern cars. It's an easy experiment to do so there's no need for debate - you can find out the answer quickly.
May
8
comment How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?
Point 3 is incorrect - leaving the transmission in gear saves more gas than neutral.
May
7
comment Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears
Please provide the make, model and year of your car - that will help us give you more specific advice.
May
6
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
Does it sound like this? mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/542/57
May
4
comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
I have the cheapo ones they were selling that day at the Home Depot: closed ratchet on one end, static open-ended on the other.
May
3
comment What determines when an automatic transmission shifts?
@audiFanatic, feel free to swing by the chat - I'd be happy to discuss issues further. It's a good idea, it's just a super hard problem to solve in a way that a human is going to think is better.
May
2
comment What determines when an automatic transmission shifts?
@Paulster2, not necessarily - if audiFanatic is building a computer-controlled transmission for a pedal bicycle, the hydraulics are interesting but not sufficient.
May
2
comment Is this kind of tire damage from a landscaping brick?
Is that a bubble in the sidewall? If so, my advice still stands: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2769/57
May
2
comment What determines when an automatic transmission shifts?
In a legacy hydraulic automatic, it's determined by one of these: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2794/57
May
2
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
@BrianKnoblauch, to be clear to the OP: you won't be able to see such an adapter with the wheel on the car.
May
2
comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
"Flat ratcheting wrenches" - oh yes, I have now decided that these were the smartest purchase that I've made in I don't know how many years. If nothing else, they reduce the frustrated screaming that the family hears coming from the garage....
May
1
comment What could be causing this bouncing?
Ah, good one - in the original question, it seemed like they replaced front and then replace rear (leaving you with four new struts).
May
1
comment Do springs wear out?
However, a hand-tool spring compression tool isn't really that expensive (on the order of $25-50 US). If your springs are fine, there's no reason to spend the extra money there.
Apr
30
comment Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?
Given one of those scanning mechanisms, you should be able to determine what CEL is causing the light to ... light. If the EGR was a problem and was fixed, you shouldn't see that code anymore. If you're still seeing a lit light, you have another code.
Apr
29
comment Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?
Did anyone ever tell you the error code (AKA a CEL) that caused the check engine light? If not, diagnostic tools are super cheap these days. If we knew exactly which code your car was throwing, we could be more specific about whether replacing the exhaust system would even fix the problem....
Apr
29
comment What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?
@Paulster2, ok, now it's time to phrase your comment in the form of an answer to the question....