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I've been programming since my early teens and like so many of us, I started Basic on the usual home computers like Atari 800XL, ZX Spectrum etc. "Turned pro" about 20 years ago.

I've been mostly doing C++ during this time, writing anything from device drivers for various operating systems to trading systems for banks.


Aug
4
answered Motorcycle engine running a bit hot?
Aug
2
comment Low fuel pressure in Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer
I'd change the fuel filter first, that one is often overlooked...
Aug
1
comment oil leaks when driving, not while parked
The easiest way to find out if it's burning oil might be to drive behind it for a little while and get the passenger to watch the tailpipe. Sometimes cars can blow a lot of oil out the tailpipe before it becomes visible to the driver.
Aug
1
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Aug
1
comment My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?
I'm not a particular fan of Dexcool anyway, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend going back to it. If you have the sludge that you get in the cooling system if it's been mixed with regular coolant, the whole system has to be flushed to clear out traces of the old coolant and the sludge before you can put either coolant in. That might solve your overheating problems if it's done properly, but it's quite labor intensive and thus not cheap. OTOH you'll never get rid of the sludge by other means.
Aug
1
answered Compatibility of car stereos
Aug
1
comment Car enthusiast beginner kit
+1 for mentioning the torque wrench, that counteracts the "gorilla with a toothache" syndrome when it comes to tightening fasteners. I would also add regular mechanics gloves to the list as they provide some additional protection in case the tool slips off and you hit the only sharp edge in the vicinity.
Jul
29
answered Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?
Jul
29
comment Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?
+1 for the SeaFoam recommendation - that's what I'd do rather than paying someone for an 'injection service'.
Jul
26
answered Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?
Jul
22
answered Should you replace shocks in pairs?
Jul
22
answered Audi A4 (1998) extremely noisy when idle, occasional oil light
Jul
19
answered Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?
Jul
19
comment Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?
+1 for the mention of hydrogen.
Jul
19
answered Identifying the Cause of This Tire Wear
Jul
18
comment Muffler inlet corrosion problem
Are you replacing the muffler with an OEM muffler or with the cheapest option that the local exhaust place offers to you?
Jul
13
comment How to prevent a car from boosting?
The overboost code might not be want you want; depending on how the ECU handles that you might end up with fuel cuts, which isn't going to make the car more drivable. If you can set the boost with some sort of scan tool that's probably your best bet to lower it, but you'll still run into the limit set by the spring in the wastegate.
Jul
13
answered How to prevent a car from boosting?
Jul
13
answered Motorcycle mud-guard hit and broken; any chance of repair, or is this something best addressed with replacement parts?
Jul
13
comment Using DOT4+ in clutch/brakes when DOT3 is recommended?
Just to add to the confusion, DOT 5.1 is glycol based and thus can be used in place of DOT 3/4, but DOT 5 isn't and can't.