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bio website bobroberts.us
location Pennsylvania
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I am a 26 year old father, developer and designer. At my day job, I work as a certified Java and SalesForce developer to create custom web applications for a variety of clients. Any free time I have left over, after parental duties, is spent learning or honing my craft. I aspire to be a developer others can learn from and count on.


Sep
20
comment Fan running the battery dead on a 96 Acura
I haven't swapped out the relay but the reason is is that sometimes it will start cold, without the engine running. I suppose if the relay was stuck it would make more sense what it was stuck open after being in a proper running state. This is opening without the engine even running or being warm.
Mar
20
comment Why does my gas not fill all the way?
When I refilled from E, I got 12.5 gal of a 16 gal tank. That could either mean E is actually 3.5 gal left or E is ~0 and the neck is flaky.
Dec
31
comment How do you set side mirrors?
This is a great answer and the diagram really drives it home. +1 for answering a question I didn't know I had.
Sep
16
comment Automatic trasmission gear lock when accelerating
I can't remember well enough to make an answer but I think goes something like this: When you accelerate, the car tries to shift into higher gears. When you depress the peddle it pushes back to lower gears. This is why when you go up hills and start to slow, depressing the accelerator eventually pops you into a lower gear (with the jarring high rev to boot). This, however, could be way off base.
Aug
22
comment Left blinker quirky when braking
This was (mostly) it. The problem was the ground but the location was in the wire itself. I don't know how but when I bend the ground wire it sometimes works better, and other times worse.I wouldn't think that a wire that never moves could become unreliable but there it is.
Jun
17
comment Intermittent stall at idle
@jzd Stackexchange prevents a person from accepting their own answer for a period of time (24 hours I think)
Jun
16
comment Intermittent stall at idle
@Brian Knoblauch, Nope. Much to the dismay of my wife, I value the gas mileage more than the AC.
Apr
11
comment How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”
I figured I had a better shot with the lights and exhaust than the struts. Every bit I can do is one less thing they can charge me for
Apr
11
comment How much of the exhaust is the “cat-back”
The astronomical price come from the cat back being only one of three failing items. The others being the entire rear passenger light unit not working (I'm figuring a cracked or loose terminal block) and the struts, brushings, etc assembly.
Mar
16
comment What is the durability of a plastic valve cover?
It is my beloved '98 Saturn SW2 w/ 1.8L DOHC.It is an absolutely awesome car except the oil puddle it leaves everywhere. The gas mileage is great so I want to use it for trips, but nothing says "Hey, thanks for inviting us," like an oil spot. #Vent
Mar
11
comment Flaky alarm system
Thank you for giving me a place to start looking. I have been staring at the fuses for awhile but could never figure out the right one.
Mar
9
comment Maintenance on used car with unknown history
@Jay, that is a good place to start but you need a mechanic you can trust. It would be all to easy to "find" an issue on an old, high mileage car
Mar
9
comment How do I fix a sagging headliner
@Troggy, I think this is a a common first car experience for a good portion of people. First car check list is 1) Runs 2) Has seat belts 3) headliner sags.
Mar
8
comment Proper Jack Location
I had a feeling about the frame, didn't know I could use the axle and didn't think about the jack stands. Thank you
Mar
8
comment Wire a headphone jack into a head unit
Well, I'll be, this was an unexpected answer. I never knew that such a thing existed. Makes sense, old TV peripherals used RF modulators.
Mar
8
comment Maintenance on used car with unknown history
Thanks, this is a fantastic list. Also replacing the transmission fluid regularly isn't bad. It when it hasn't been replaced and then is flushed that it is bad. I have read that over time, foreign matter builds up. If it is still working, that matter is simply out of the way. When it is suddenly drained and filled, that matter moves and resettles in potentially troublesome spots.