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Impreza Update

I replaced the spark plugs over the weekend, though I’m not sure that it was necessary to deal with the Check Engine Light problem. The light had gone out when I’d finished, but since I had to disconnect the battery before messing with the plugs, I’m willing to bet that the new plugs weren’t responsible for correcting the problem. Either way, the service manual recommends replacement at 60 months or 60,000 miles, so it was probably a good idea to do it, especially if I intend to sell it.

Today I went over to AAA to deal with my mileage problem. When I registered the car last year, the woman helping me keyed in 060702 for the mileage… but it was actually the date! Anyway, AAA was pretty helpful today when they did the title verification process. I should have a new title with the accurate mileage within a few weeks.

Cars, Cars, Cars

I have a lot of stuff I need to do for my cars.

Impreza: deal with the cylinder misfire problem. The solution might be to replace the plugs. I doubt they’ve ever been replaced, and the car is now 5 years old with 25,000 miles. I’ve posted on the Impreza owner board at, but no one’s been very helpful so far. I don’t get it. The MR2 board and list is much more responsive.

MR2: deal with the brakes. It’s not a problem, but I’d love to have better brakes. That calls for new pads, new lines, and new fluid. Probably around $240 total. After that, suspension. After that, engine. Yeah!

Summer Solstice / Machu Picchu

This weekend marks the summer solstice (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), the longest day of summer. It also marks the beginning of a summer-long exhibition of Inca artifacts from Machu Picchu at the Natural History Museum. The Incans were apparently very into summer solstices, sunsets, and all other things sun-related. They weren’t quite as obsessed with astronomy as the Mayans, but they knew enough to get by.

I’d love to design and build my own house in the desert one day. It would be made of natural materials, oriented to make use of natural light and air currents, and cool stuff like that.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually gone to the Natural History Museum. I’ve lived in LA for most of my life, but the closest I’ve come to visiting is when I’ve gone to the California Museum Of Science And Industry as a kid. The Museum of Science and Industry was always kinda hokey, but I haven’t been back since its reincarnation as the California Science Center. They might actually have some updated exhibits and cool stuff. I think Sunday might be a good day to visit both.