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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
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....
Apr
29
comment Does my car need a service?
You're right, if the timing belt goes, it's usually disaster (or close to). That said, if you're replacing the timing belt, you're into the shop for a sizeable labor charge. You might think about other big-ish jobs while they've already got everything apart.
Apr
22
comment Why do some cars have their radio antennas in the windscreen?
You claim that "radio antenna is in the windscreen" => "Hard to repair & Poor Reception" and that this is a "terrible design choice." Nowhere above do you ask a question about a problem that you're facing. Please refer to the don't ask portion of the FAQ for some relevant guidance.
Apr
22
comment Why do some cars have their radio antennas in the windscreen?
Now this question is making a general claim without objective data. There is no way to get a conclusive answer to such an subjective question. For example, I have a built-in antenna and my radio reception is fine for my purposes. However, if you were asking "The radio reception in my Lacetti is poor. How can I improve it?" that would be something we could help you with.
Apr
21
comment Why do some cars have their radio antennas in the windscreen?
Are you having a specific problem that you're trying to fix? If not, this looks like an entirely opinion-based question. Unless you're comparing a Lacetti with an external antenna and yours with a built-in, this breaks down into "I hate apples! Why wouldn't everyone eat oranges?!"
Apr
18
comment Need clarity on the penny test
You might want to explain the purpose of the gap (e.g., to channel water).
Apr
14
comment What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?
Perhaps what you're looking for is in one of the following: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/498/57, mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/862/57 or mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/39/57