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bio website richardcarter.org
location Raleigh, NC
age 24
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seen Feb 27 at 5:11

I'm a software developer at NetApp, with an avid side interest in game development.


Dec
14
comment Can an engine stop from a bad battery?
Is it drive-by-wire? That could be one reason, or something similar to the reason. If the carputer's turned off, it can't control the gas flow and stuff, right?
Jul
28
comment How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?
"Wastes" is an interesting term for powering those components. :)
Jul
22
comment What to check when buying a used car?
If you are not entirely confident in your ability to check the car over completely, consider scheduling a pre-sale inspection at your local mechanic. They cost < $100 and can inform you of problems that you never even saw. In the case of my recent used car purchase, I spent $80 on an inspection that found a leaking shock and estimated $600 to replace the pair of shocks, and confirmed on paper that the back tires were worn and should be replaced. The seller dropped the price to account for the shock replacement and replaced the tires for me as part of the deal. It was well worth the $80.
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Okay good to know! I'm going to guess/assume that mine is fine, and perhaps I'll ask to make sure when I bring it in for its routine maintenance here in the next couple weeks.
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Indeed it's not required but is recommended. I am only commuting, but I have the T5 engine (inline-5 with turbo - I don't know the compression ratio) and love to accelerate. It could just be me but I think I have noticed a difference today with the 89 octane gas, and though I won't test it personally, some people have pointed out that the reduced fuel efficiency might cost even more money than the few extra dollars for the higher octane fuel. The general consensus seems to be that running lower-than-recommended fuel shouldn't be done long-term.
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
"the process to tune it back up again is difficult to do yourself" - what do you mean by this? I thought it compensated accordingly both ways; are you talking about an older engine?
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Okay thanks! I've learned my lesson, I'll top off a few times the next couple days to try and dilute the 89 octane with a higher octane (this time I'll search out 93 octane) and use 91 or better from now on.
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
So lower octane fuel ignites under pressure more easily; but is higher octane somehow harder for the spark plugs to ignite or something? Can you put high-octane gas in an engine that calls for lower-octane? I clearly see the disadvantage in putting lower octane fuel in an engine, but what is the disadvantage in using too high octane fuel?