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Jet ski maintainance

I have two old jet skis, one of which isn't working too well anymore. I'd like to learn how to fix it. I'd probably not be able to sell it for very much anyways. Are there any good books or resources ...
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Engine has become noisy

I have a 1993 Mercedes 308d. It always used to be fairly quiet, but recently the engine has started to sound quite noisy. Its OK when started then after it gets warm you notice when you come to a ...
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How to prevent a car from boosting?

Considering a turbo car. The specific model is a Dodge Caliber SRT 2008, but I'd prefer a more generic answer. How can one prevent the car from boosting while still having a car that can be driven ...
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What colour should power steering fluid be?

Recently started shopping for first car, so want to know as much as possible when going into a sale. Car I looked at recently has a brown dirty colour in the power steering reservoir, but the stuff ...
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Misfire in cylinder 4

About 8 months ago my engine light came on, and after pulling the code it was a misfire in cylinder 4. My vehicle is a 2004 Mazda MPV, and only has 60K miles on it. Everyone I talked to was skeptical ...
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Fast idle when engine is hot

I have a 2001 Buick Century. Lately, after driving around long enough for the engine to get hot, the idle speed will sometimes race. The car will want to surge forward even when I'm not giving it ...
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2004 Buick Rainier Ignition Coil Replacement

I have a 2004 Buick Rainier (6 cyllinder). I just found out the 4th bank ignition coil is bad. Seems easy enough just looking at it (I just replaced a few of the spark plugs a few nights ago with no ...
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2001 Audi A4 corroded part… What is it?

I noticed under my hood that a piece looks corroded through. My car hasn't given any warnings or check engine lights and no liquid is coming through. No one I ask knows what it is. Please help! ...
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BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing

I have a problem with my car. My car: BMW 330D, 135kw, 2001 year, E46. A week ago my turbo charger got broken when I was driving. There was a lot of white smoke going out of exhaust and there was ...
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Is starting your car with the A/C on bad?

I was always yelled at by my father when I was first starting to drive when I left the A/C on when I turned off the car, and then later turned it back on, with the reasoning that I was ruining / ...
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Engine does not have enough power (and has limited RPM)

I have a 1982 Mercedes W123 (engine M102 - gasoline, 2.0L, 80kW, with Stromberg 175CDT carburetor). The car has been modified to run on LPG, the modification consists of adding a LPG tank, vaporizer ...
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Top Dead Centre

I replaced a cylinder head gasket on my 1993 Holden Apollo (Same engine as the toyota camry 5S-FE). However when I went to get TDC I think I may have forgotten to put the car in Neutral. Could this ...
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How can I rev my engine in drive while holding the brake and not stall? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn't the engine stall out when you come to a stop with an automatic transmission? Occasionally I press both pedals simultaneously. I can feel my car trying to ...
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Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil

I have a 4 year old, well loved Honda civic with only about 25K. It has been serviced nearly every 6 months. I just took it for a service a few weeks ago and today I noticed that it seemed to be ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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Are engines of the same model bike identical?

I am planning to buy a Yamaha Crux from the showroom. I'd like to know how to compare the engines in each of the available bikes of the same model. Will they differ in any way? One mechanic I know ...
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Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?

I initially thought there should be a way to bolt on a small aftermarket turbo onto my naturally-aspirated Honda D17A2 (9.9:1 compression ratio) engine in my EM2 Civic EX without having to switch from ...
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How to clean the MAF sensor on a 1997 Nissan Altima?

I have a 1997 Nissan Altima sedan. I’ve been told the issues I’m having with my car is from the mass air flow sensor. I was wondering how to clean/repair this sensor and contact points the best? What ...
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Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?

At the advice of someone at a local auto parts shop, I poured a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into my gas tank. This happened around the same time that I had a brake job done and rotated my tires. ...
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Put Stop leak into engine. Can I reverse the process?

I accidently poured Barsleaks stop leak for the radiator into the engine oil compartment. Is there any way I can reverse the process? The stuff is hardening already. This a 2004 Volvo S80.
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1998 Ford Contour P0171 P0174

I have a 1998 Ford Contour that has a check engine light. I checked the codes, and found: P0171 System Too Lean (Bank 1) P0174 System Too Lean (Bank 2) P0401 Insufficient EGR Flow P1131 Lack of ...
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Static vs. Effective compression: Why does higher effective compression not require higher octane gas?

Background I've been trying to do a lot of research on boost lately because I'm planning on running a moderate turbo setup on my daily/light-duty-autox car in the future. I'm trying to get into the ...
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Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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Is engine braking harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? My wife and I have a disagreement about a practice of mine--engine braking. When I'm driving her manual ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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Car engine starts only for a fraction of a second and doesn't anymore?

Recharged the car battery, dashboard lights all on, starter motor producing the starting sound. Engine not starting. After seeing this question, I cleaned the solenoid brushes and at the first turn of ...
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What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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1994 Ford Escort won't start

I have a 1994 Ford Escort that was bought used 2 years ago. When we bought it, it would barely run, and we had to replace the engine head. As a result of that and other repairs, it has been losing ...
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Lifter tick—safe to ignore short-term? What to do about it?

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry V6 (1MZ-FE) with about 129,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed a ticking that seems to be loudest at the end of the front valve cover, on the opposite side of the timing ...
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how a car engine can get accustomed on some behavior?

A lot of people say that a car engine gets accustomed to the driver style and in particular to specific RPM gear changing and it will perform into those "learned" parameters. I must mention that I am ...
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2004 Buick LeSabre sputters in wet weather only when accelerating

My 2004 Buick LeSabre recently started behaving strangely. At first I thought I had filled up with some "bad gas." I used Heat to treat and after a week or so it seemingly started to work fine. Then ...
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Buick Timing Chain or Cam Problem

I have a 1995 Buick Century with a 3.1L v6 engine. I was driving along one day and the car simply quit. After having the car towed to the local shop, they explained it could be a timing chain or the ...
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Car electronics [closed]

I am developing system and I have this converter: Picture And I need to connect this to car electronic. Where is the best spot to connect this? Can you post a picture to show me the wires.
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Adjusting the idle setting on a 2005 Cavalier

The air conditioning unit on my 2005 Cavalier only engages when the engine is idling above a certain level (observationally, it appears to be between 1000 and 1200 rpm). During the summer months, ...
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Problem starting Husqvarna Kohler 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Mower.

I am pretty new at this but I'm trying to learn more about my lawn mower. I am having problem starting the lawn mower, I've tried the following steps to diagnose the problem ... maybe I can get more ...
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Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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Should I do anything or check anything before starting my push mower after sitting all winter?

I didn't do anything to "winterize" it, but we only had a few stretches of really cold weather (less than 20F) and the majority of the winter was between 20F and 50F. Should I do anything before ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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What are those big plates on both sides of the steam engine?

I would like to know what are those two big plates on both sides of this engine:
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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mitsubishi mirage check engine light

My relative has a Mirage circa 2000 with a "Service engine soon" light. He showed it to his mechanic and he said that he doesn't know what is wrong with it and that the car needs to be taken to the ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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Engine and gearbox replacement for 1993 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4

I'm sure it's possible technically but I would like to know what the options are for engine replacements. The 4 cyl engine in my Ute is past its life expectancy. I'm interested to know if a new modern ...
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Where to start with 'Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground'

I recently hooked my 2005 Audi A3 to VCDS after the engine management light came on and got the reading: Motor for Intake Manifold Flap (V157): Open or Short to Ground I have seen various images ...
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Best cars for drifting [closed]

I'm trying to find list of best cars for drifting (cheep and with left wheel), Can anyone please suggest me some cars?
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Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust

I have a VW Golf mk4, 1.9 TDI from 2001 with 230.000+ km on board and for some time now I have blue smoke coming out of the exhaust. The problem aggravates when I'm stuck in traffic or when the ...
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Squeaking Noise when Cold Start. Suspect something wrong with belts, Also engine missing when sudden acceleration desired from Total Stop

From the past few weeks whenever I crank my car there is a squeaking noise which may continue for about 30-60 sec or even longer (This is intermittent sometimes it doesn't really happen). The engine ...
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Looking for suggestions about what to try and fix on my tecumseh snow blower engine that stalls after you stop putting load on it

I have a troy bilt snow blower with a tecumseh engine and it starts great and runs great. Most of the time, anyway. It will scoop up snow and throw it just fine, and then for no obvious reason it ...
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Is my mechanic ripping me off?

My 2002 ford focus (built after may 23) died and the AAA and tow guy both said that it needs a new fuel pump. Anyway I went to the mechanic and he said it'll be 350 for the pump and 200 for labor. I ...