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Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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Hard Start in cold weather

We have a Ford Escape (2005 V6) with approximately 125k on it. I have done most of the maintenance on it myself since we bought it at 90k and it has overall been a great vehicle. The past two ...
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'98 Camry has occasional rough running / low speed idle problem

My '98 Camry (with the four-cylinder engine) usually starts, idles and drives like a dream. About a year ago I had the entire exhaust system replaced (including cat) due to corrosion. Since then it's ...
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When do engine type and mileage of a car affect pricing?

I'm currently designing a customer relationship management tool for auto shop owners and was wondering: Does engine type or the odometer value of a car ever affect pricing for a customer? What ...
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Rough noise while accelerating

My car is a 2002 Nissan Altima with 106,873 miles. After 95K miles, my car has been giving a rough noise from the engine. After shifting into second gear, it's smooth until I hit the gas pedal hard. ...
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01 sentra running hot

I have an 01 nissan sentra which had been running hot. If i start the car in the morning and turn temp control to hot and fan on and let the car warm up, i will have no heat and the car runs hot. Just ...
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09 Camry engine rumbles

This is a pretty straight forward question, but I have an 09 Camry 5-speed manual. It only has about 25k miles on it and has been regularly serviced. However, as of late I've noticed that when I ...
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Blue smoke on engine start

I got my 2002 Camry when it had 86K and now it has 97K on it. In the morning when I start the engine, I see blue-ish smoke coming out of the exhaust for a while. I don't know if I had it before, but ...
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Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) that I have been using to drive to work on a daily basis - 10 miles each way a day on a variety of roads - streets, main roads, main roads in traffic, ...
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92 Civic engine won't start after replacing head gasket

I just replaced the head gasket in my 1992 Civic. Started it up before putting everything back together (just a second since it had no coolant, exhaust wasn't connected, etc.) and it ran fine. But now ...
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Car driving experience not smooth

My Nissan Altima 2002 (106873 miles). It used to smooth after oil changes. But, I have been noticing that the car is not smooth as it used to be after oil changes. It used to feel like the car was ...
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1999 Honda Civic CNG, Flashing check engine light

I have a 1999 Honda Civic CNG with 140,000 highway miles. Initially, while driving the car at highway speed, the check engine light would flash and the car would lose power. I would have to stop and ...
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Maintenance on a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S

My previous car was totalled and while shopping for used cars, I have found a 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S on sale for a very good price. It is being sold by the current owner, and it has been going to the ...
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Hesitation and backfiring on sudden acelleration when warm

I have an old Mitsubishi Triton Utility 1993. It has a 4g54 4 cyl petrol engine with a carby. No computers or anything like that to check error codes. If you press down on the accelerator quickly the ...
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Why does a car's engine vibrate at start, despite the circular geometry of its component's dynamics

If a well balanced system starts moving, it should not vibrate ! Or if it does, it should vibrate even more at high speeds ! But a car clearly vibrates hard during the startup, to then stabilize.
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Noise isolation for 'vanilla' engine

Is it possible to add silicon or other soft devices between the engine of an old car and the chassis, in order to reduce the amount of noise that is transmitted and thus the amount of vibration felt ...
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Mercedes Atego OBD2 live data codes

I have tried to connect an OBD2 ELM327 adapter in Mercedes Atego. Somehow I managed to get it in that OBD2 connector. I can see that my adapter is receiving electricity. These are the PID's that I ...
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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2006 Audi A4 2.0T, No passing power

I have a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T Turbo Tiptronic Automatic that has no passing power. When I step on the accelerator the car will shift down into a lower gear, rev about 3500 RPMs but will not shift up ...
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Is this what is making my car sound like a racecar?

Recently, my car (2000 Mercury Grand Marquis) started sounding like a racecar: the engine became very loud. There's clearly something going wrong with the exhaust system. I'm trying to understand ...
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Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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How much vacuum should be present in a 2 stroke intake manifold?

I have a 2 stroke Mercury 2.5 hp that has recently been dropped in the water. The motor used to run fine but now it won't start. I have dried the motor out and cleaned the carby, it's got plenty of ...
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Four-body carbs regulation.

I would like to adjust four-body carbs by myself, in order to avoid spent money every time. What are the basic rules, tools and secrets of many body carbs regulation?
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Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
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Possible to diagnose broken transmission without starting engine?

While I know a little about cars, the bulk of my knowledge came from when I was a kid bolting on stuff to my Honda and racing it illegally. (So, not much.) My '96 Civic DX (5-speed) recently passed ...
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Do I need to torque my spark plugs?

I have never torqued them before on several vehicles that I do tune ups on. I just apply a bit of anti-seize lube and get them "snug" and everything seems to work fine. Should I be using a torque ...
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Forced induction and engine braking

So does forced induction negate the effect of engine braking on compression motors? For example, going down an incline, drop into 3rd (automatic) to get some engine braking going. With my new Chevy ...
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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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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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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 ...