I got new tires for my car Wednesday. General Altimax RT45’s. Those are the new version of the ones I’ve gotten several times in the past. They are a good mix of rating well on snow, rating well overall, and a relatively decent price. And just in time. They showed their worth on the snowy roads on Friday, having little trouble where my previous tires it would’ve been more nerve racking.Continue reading post "New tires"
I’m pleased I don’t have to go to the BMV this year for my birthday, as I do on most. I got a 2 year plate sticker last year, and have a couple more on my license.
My car exhaust was rattling and making noise for quite some time. I finally fixed it, and it sounds much quieter, and even feels better.Continue reading post "#3880"
I would like to see electric cars adopt hybrid energy storage / generation systems. An advanced controller would direct electricity to and from each system based on which is considered best at handling the current situation. If one has failed, it would simply be cut out of usage. It might include batteries, a generator, capacitors, compressed air systems, etc. A system like this would:
- allow for characteristics that any one system doesn’t provide
- provide an alternative / backup for if any one system fails / degrades
- retain the simple, low maintenance drive system that an electric vehicle has
A parking garage would be built catering to vanlife visitors. It would have amenities for them and both short and long term parking pricing. The price would probably have to be kept a good bit lower than campgrounds, as their natural settings and added space offer added value.Continue reading post "Ideas: Vanlife parking garage"
After about a week and five days without my car (Subaru Impreza), I got it back with a “new” transmission.Continue reading post "Impreza transmission replacement"
One of my larger fears when I bought my Subaru Impreza with a CVT transmission was that the transmission would fail early, but not early enough to be covered by warranty. I saw talk online about reliability problems with the tech, which was fairly new to cars, with the Impreza only being in its second year with them I believe. On last Wednesday, my transmission did fail, but luckily it is going to work out alright, as Subaru of America (SOA) is going to help me out.Continue reading post "Impreza transmission death"
I was all ready to head off to work this morning when my Subaru Impreza’s transmission started acting up.Continue reading post "#3623"
The work I did on my car earlier this summer has clearly helped my gas mileage. I had been getting around 28 mpg beforehand, but the first full tank afterward I got 34.8 mpg.Continue reading post "#3507"
As the final larger repair on my car, I got the exhaust repaired.Continue reading post "#3487"