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bio website lonecpluspluscoder.com
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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.


Sep
22
answered What's the purpose of the cover on the catalytic converter?
Sep
19
comment Wheel Alignment: Just how bad is bad?
What sort of alignment place did you take the car to? Unfortunately alignment shops aren't created equal...
Sep
19
comment HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?
You want to set it to something that covers at least 15V DC, but yes, that's the principle. One of the connectors is likely to be the ground connector so you might have to identify that first by cross-checking the various connectors (if you have more than two) and then measure the other connectors against ground while you move/turn the fan switchs.
Sep
19
answered How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?
Sep
18
comment Do I have an oil leak if I have to add oil?
It really depends on the oil that's being put into the engine - you can't really make the definitive statement that the oil needs to be changed more often. A lot of vehicles these days (and even 10 years ago) have oil change intervals in the 7.5k-10k mile ranges if you use the appropriate oil. That of course makes checking the oil level even more important.
Sep
17
answered Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year
Sep
17
answered Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?
Sep
17
answered HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?
Sep
17
comment How to do a 2005 v6 Avalon Oil Pan Removal (Australian Model)
Is your mechanic talking about the 'strainer' on the oil pickup in the sump? If that's clogged/blocked you might have other issues with deposits in the oil that cause low oil pressure...
Sep
17
comment Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?
The one reason that a used part might not be such a good idea is that on some cars, it's essentially the same part in the turn signal switch mechanism that breaks. So you might just end up replacing it with another one that'd break fairly soon if you buy used.
Sep
10
answered AC: Fixing or Recharging?
Sep
9
comment Check Engine code P0420 Catalyst efficiency below threshold bank 1
Narrowband O2 sensors (which is what you have) switch between rich and lean indications exactly as your graph shows, so they are at least partially working... You'll need to find out which sensor is which but if S12 is the secondary sensor, this graph looks a little weird to me (assuming it uses the high voltage as a 'rich' indicator, which is what I'm used to seeing) as the second sensor seems to be staying 'rich' a little longer than I'd expect. Nevertheless it's hard to tell from the graph if it's the cat or sensor. I'd get the sensor checked out first, though...
Sep
9
answered How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?
Sep
8
comment Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?
Errr, where am I making an argument against connecting to the chassis instead of the terminal? I'm pointing out that should hook up the negative clamp to the engine, not to the battery.
Sep
7
comment High oil pressure in a marine engine
Is it an electrical or mechanical gauge?
Aug
31
comment Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?
Depending on where you are, that doesn't seem to be out of question - I'd guess they're budgeting about 3 hours work which seems fairly reasonable for both bushings. Out here the independents are charging around $100/hour so I wouldn't be surprised if the main dealers are charging between 120-150 or more.
Aug
31
comment No check valve on valve cover
Did you clean out the piping between the breather and the airbox? Also, do you see oil fumes if you remove the oil filler cap when the engine is running?
Aug
30
answered Car Battery won't charge after sitting for a Year
Aug
30
comment Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle
I'd research if it's supposed to raise the idle - most cars I'm aware of do as the a/c compressor can add a lot of drag on the engine.
Aug
30
comment Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?
You'll have to have something to press in the new bush with (like a socket that's a very good match size-wise, or a piece of pipe that's an exact fit so you don't push against the rubber), plus the tools you need to get the old one out. It's certainly doable at home, but not if all you own is a bent hammer and a screwdriver :).