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What is the Carter Gas Filter for?

I'm confused with this, are there any combustion gasses in the carter and why do they need to be filtered? What is the Carter gas filter, where is it located and what is its use? Is there a way to ...
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2013 Yamaha XT250 engine clicking/ticking noise

I just bought my xt250 as my first bike after getting my permit about a month ago. It's 2013. At 100 miles I dropped the oil and changed the filter. As a small woman I've also installed lower links to ...
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Car sputtering and stalling when idle and going into first gear

My 2005 Honda accord is starting to sputter and stall. It started all of a sudden one day and figured it might be my oil so I had it changed since it was time anyway. That seemed to work fine there ...
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Oil pressure decresases when I step on the gas

I have a 1982 Mercedes W123 with a 2L gas engine. I have noticed some weirdness with the oil pressure and want to know if this is an indication of a problem. Let's say I am driving at 60km/h and the ...
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Semi synthetic oil engine break-in

I've finished rebuilding the engine of my motorcycle (4 stroke 650cc single-cylinder). For now it runned only once varying between 1000 and 2000 RPM for 5 minutes with a couple of short bursts after ...
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2005 Honda Civic - Oveheating

So my car has been overheating for over 1 year. It overheated during summer or when I went 80mph only. I recently saved up enough money to get the car fixed. I brought it to my mechanic and informed ...
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Royal Enfield Classic 350 - Motor Break-in Best Practice

How many km's should be driven with a lower speed to setup the bore for a Royal Enfield Classic 350, what is the minimum speed for that duration and how many km's should we maintain that lower speed?
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Engine hesitates and sometimes stalls after filling gas tank

On my car (2005 Dodge Grand Caravan) when I fill up my gas tank, almost immediately afterwards pulling out of the gas station my van sputters, misses, hesitates, call it what you will. The past couple ...
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Host of small performance problems in 2006 Hyundai Elantra

I bought a used 2006 Hyundai Elantra (Automatic) back in early 2011. At the time, I was needed to have a car quick, and it seemed like a good deal, but the longer that I've owned it, the more problems ...
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96 Toyota Camry won't stay started

My 96 Camry starts first time every time then stalls after 10-20 seconds? Last year it ran fine but rarely would stall @ running speed. I had to set for 2-3min before it would start then it ran ...
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Having difficulty starting car in the morning/first start after a while

I've got a pretty old car (Nissan Pulsar J1J 1991 auto, 203K kms on odometer) and it drives pretty well - I'm using in on a roadtrip across New Zealand and have taken it on pretty mountainous terrain ...
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What are reasons my engine would sputter when turning off?

I have Subaru Impreza 2.5i (2.5 NA). My car's engine sputters a bit when turning it off. Specifically it seems like the cars engine keeps turning for a little longer right after I remove the keys. ...
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What does it take for a modern muscle car to sound like a classic muscle car?

To preface, I would grade my exhaust knowledge with a "B-". I know what the major components are and what they do, but I don't know if and when certain exhaust parts became mandated or introduced ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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Brake Specific Fuel Consumption of 2-stroke vs 4-stroke

How much fuel do various types of engines burn per power output? I'm especially interested in naturally aspirated piston engines, and comparing two-stroke to four-stroke. The wikipedia article gives ...
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Old Air Compressor Rebuild (and general piston engines) - Oil On Cylinder Walls?

So I have recently acquired (for free) a circa 1973 Speedaire 20 gallon compressor with no history. After a short while of use the check valve failed and when I removed it I noticed it and the air ...
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What happens when you run out of fuel?

My question is specific to diesel or gasoline (petrol) engines. Many people told me that it is very bad to run out of diesel since it can damage the engine and it's difficult to re-engage it ...
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Derbi Senda 50cc won't run correctly?

I have a Derbi Senda SM 50 2005 plate. It has a good spark, however, it's not reading any compression. It's had a new top end and gaskets! What could be wrong? Sometimes it starts when you bump start ...
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Sludge in the radiator

I have a 08 Kia Rio 5. A mechanic recently rebuild the engine, replaced water pump, changed timing belts etc etc, but now it's leaking oil - not just that, I also found sludge in the radiator and ...
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Is it necessary to 'burn in' or 'break in' a new car?

I've just bough a new 2011 plate car. I've heard stories of people 'burning in' engines for the first few hundred or couple thousand miles using methods such as: Not driving above 50 mph. Varying ...
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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Typical voltage drop when air con, radio, lights, etc. in use

Imagine the engine/alternator are running and the battery voltage is 14V. If I now turn on the air conditioner, radio, headlights, seat warmer, cigarette lighter, should I now expect the voltage to ...
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OHV vs. OHC: which is faster in speed, horse power?

What are the main differences in OHC and OHV engine designs, and which is faster or more powerful? Also, which is more reliable?
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Saab 93 Automatic died when waiting for traffic light and won't start again

I just bought a 2006 Saab 93 Aero 2.0T automatic in October, 72000 miles. Everything seems perfect. But 2 weeks ago, the engine died while I was waiting for red light in the town centre, I just braked ...
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Changing Firing Order in a 4 Cylinder Car

Backstory In motorcycling you can get cams that change the firing order and time from a traditional 1,3,4,2. It's was very common in American roadracing in the 1990's to hear 4 Cylinder engines that ...
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Will a 95 4AFE engine work on Euro 4 gasoline?

I am hearing news in our country that they might upgrade our fuel from EURO 2 gasoline to EURO 4. I am worried that it might damage the engine on my 95 corolla, which I still plan on keeping for at ...
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1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...
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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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Engine doesn't want to stop

I have a '59 Nash Met. with a straight 4. It runs great, but when I turn it off the engine continues to run for up to a minute, sometimes violently shaking as it comes to a halt. Any idea what causes ...
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weather causing power loss

Why would my engine lose power when the weather temperature gets warmer. While driving the vehicle will not have as much power when it gets warm or hot.
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Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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my car acts like its going to stall at a stop

my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does. did some easy things like oil change. no check engine light is on but it seems to keep ...
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Overheating & boiling in the overflow tank

I have had the gases checked in my overflow tank (which boils short distances) and also over heats. Two different mechanics tested the gases and said it's not the head gasket but yet it still boils ...
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2006 Volvo s40 started smoking suddenly

Had my car serviced two weeks ago fuel consumption and great and been driving smoothly. Yesterday driving from work it suddenly started smoking terribly. Stop at the gas station checked the oil and it ...
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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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How reliable is a second-hand Subaru 2.5 RS 04-05?

Basically, I've been a Subaru enthusiast for a few years but never been able to purchase one because I'm still a student. However, this summer I will be able to. The issue is that I need a reliable ...
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Noise when the engine is idle

I would like to know why my car is making noise when the engine is idle, but the noise is silence when I pressed the clutch ?
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Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...
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Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

In this question, we discuss stripped oil pan threads. I learned it is a result of user error - over tightening and cross threading, by the dealership I consistently go to. Many people have come ...
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1974 Ford Econoline E200 Van acts fuel starved after warm up

I have a 1974 Ford Econoline E200 Van with an 8 cylinder with the present symptoms: It starts and runs great, but once is warmed up, it feels like it is not injecting fuel. It loses power and slows ...
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Engine Reving Up in Park and Neutral?

I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500, it has about 118000 thousand miles on the engine, lately it is taching up to over 2000RPM only when i put it in park or neutral. Once i put it into drive or any ...
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
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over loading, missfiring

My car is missing particularly whenever ur going up hill or in any case where u have to give it more gas. I've replaced plugs, caps, Cool Pak's. Ignition module, tps sensor, mass air flow sensor and ...
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Replacing an engine in a Chevy pickup ('85 K10). Is 190hp enough?

My friend is looking to replace the engine in his older Chevy '85 K10 pickup and found this engine http://www.summitracing.com/parts/nal-10067353/overview/year/1985/make/chevrolet/model/k10. Is the ...
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Engine smooth after techron then rough again

I used techron additive. After a gas tankful, the engine is smooth and powerful as new. However after another tankful of normal gas the engine is rough and sluggish again. Why is this happening? ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 shuts off after running for 10–20 seconds

My 2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F shuts off after ten to twenty seconds after start. It doesn't spit and sputter, it just shuts down. I have loosened the bowl screws while it's running and confirmed that ...