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Aaron N. Tubbs

Dragon chaser.

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When I got back from DC, I arrived at the Stamford train station, pulled out my keyfob, clicked unlock, and immediately realized what I had done — I left the map lights on. Sure enough, couldn’t even get ignition circuits powered up, everything was fully dark.

As a sidenote, it would be nice if there was a little high-current solid state relay that disconnected power while the engine was not spinning of voltage drops below what’s necessary to get the engine to rotate. I know, I screwed up from user error … but I like idiot-proof designs. There’s probably something that makes this hard, however, beyond the added expense.

I tracked down a police officer at the station eventually, since the garage help number and information/emergency boxes all just rang without answering (I used the "information/non-emergency button, not the emergency one).

He and I walked back to the car with a battery jump-starter, jumped the car, and then he mused how he hates my car because it always beats his 350zx. I’m not a member of the Z cognoscenti, but I’m pretty sure there is no such thing. Further, any flavor of 350z would beat my stock WRX due to its better torque, horsepower, and drive train bleed figures, as long as he can get the rear wheels to hook up and he’s not completely ham fisted when things get dynamic.

A digression, and a pointless one at that.

Anyhow, the uplifting end of the story is that after the hard reset of a battery disconnect, my Sirius tuner is showing up on my head unit again, and works as if it had never failed. I guess if it stops showing up, I’ll go through the ECU reset procedure (disconnecting the battery terminal and applying pressure to the MBC, in order to bleed resident power) and see if that works. Better yet, I hope the tuner just doesn’t disappear again, as I still can’t figure out where the darn thing was installed short of tearing my entire dash off.