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

Daily driver: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback


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
Apr
13
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
@JoshCaswell, you're not wrong about impact being helpful breaking loose those stock nuts. However, I almost never have any luck with my rubber mallet. My ten pound sledge, however, is an entirely different story. A few light taps of that on the end of a wrench handle breaks almost anything loose (even the O2 sensor from a catalytic converter!)
Apr
9
comment Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?
@jmsmcfrlnd, I'm glad to hear it. Hopefully this set will live their entire natural life!
Apr
3
comment Is 3m injector cleaner a good product?
Why do you think you need to add either? Do you have a problem with the injectors?
Apr
2
comment Engine power specification at different rpm?
@andrewb, the (high-end + turbo) in my car is still pretty modest. What that combination really does for me is provide a broad swath of torque from about 3000 RPM to the redline. Below 2500, it's super duper sluggish in anything except first gear. Back in the day, my low end car felt like it was running out of breath by 4000 RPM.
Apr
2
comment Does torque decrease mathematically?
How is this question related to: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/7922/57
Mar
29
comment brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?
Using F1 as an example is pretty telling. They're dealing with much harder engineering problems than the rest of us.
Mar
29
comment CRV 2014 mpg issues
Some more information about your driving habits would be helpful: e.g., city start-stop vs. highway, hills / mountains / bridges, average speed, altitude, tire pressure, etc.
Mar
26
comment Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?
Oh, yeah, bits of car all over the place tend to spend your spousal annoyance budget pretty fast.
Mar
26
comment Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?
"the car with no engine would be worth about the same as it currently is" - that's super funny. It might even be worth more: you've already removed the heavy annoying part for someone else.
Mar
26
comment Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?
Which particular Infiniti are we talking about? Is there a Nissan club in the area? Their boards are covered with "engine swap" posts - I'm sure they'd have many practical suggestions (and might even have engines to sell). Also, if you decide not to swap the engine, they're a pool of people who'll likely buy parts from that car before you scrap it.
Mar
26
comment brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?
There really isn't enough information here to give a definitive answer. Which particular street car? Top speed? Weight? Which track? If you can't define why the answers to the previous questions are driving your purchase of rotors, the answer is: get better tires.
Mar
24
comment Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?
@Paulster2, thanks, I added the picture at the tail end of the post
Mar
21
comment Will a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 reliably run on home distilled alcohol?
So the answer to "modifications required" == "complete replacement of almost anything that touches fuel" ;-)
Mar
20
comment DIY Alternator Belt Tensioner
You win today's wall of words contest! I think your best suggestion is probably the thick strapping, bent to shape and drilled to fit the bolts that are available (see second picture above). That sounds it would solve the real problem (i.e., that the alternator is mounted to the wrong thing) and could even be built up in layers to add torque stiffness.