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What will upgrading the Camshaft do to my BBC 454?

I have been told that upgrading the Camshaft in my GM 454 will increase performance. What will this do exactly and what will the engine actually gain? 10069286 block casting 454cu '90-'91 MY, Mark ...
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Vauxhall Vectra engine (1.6 petrol) cuts out

My beloved Vectra C (2006) a previous story here developed a new "symptom": engine cuts out while driving. Since there are other (possibly connected) symptoms I am going to list them one-by-one: ...
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Saying its running hot but full of coolant and not over heating

2005 Hyundai Elantra. Says its running hot but has coolant and so far hasn't over heated and also can't turn on heat in car because smoke pours from vents into the inside of car.
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Engine not functioning properly at idle (cold or hot), during driving, slow acceleration, does not increase speed

I have a VW POLO (6N2) - 1.4 (60Hk), from February 2000. After the car was standing still for 2 days in a rural area close to a stream (damp environment), the car had issues with being idling. Even ...
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ECM replacement - starter runs during reprogramming?

(mid-90's Buick) Someone I know had an ECM injector drive output go bad. He got a replacement ECM online, but had to take it to a shop (not a dealer) to get it 'initialized' (If that's the right word....
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Hiace 1996 ignition/motor problems

I have a 1996 Hiace. I was driving and it just died, nothing. Dash lights all work, but motor will not turn over, nothing from starter. It has dual fuel, and was wondering if it could be the AEB 552 ...
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My BMW X5 won't stay running

Hello I have a 2003 BMW X5. I just got the engine replace a couple days ago. I went to pick it up but because the shop was done installing the motor but now I have to deal with the other problems I ...
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Engine Running Fast in Park

Never had this issue before but I just started my vehicle and the tac automatically revved up to 1500 rpm when I cranked it. It didn't go back down while in park, it basically idled at about 500 rmp ...
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How to remove engine cooling fan from a W169 Mercedes A-Class

How do you remove engine cooling fan from A-Class Mercedes W169?
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2009 Kia Rio - Potential Misfiring?

I have a 2009 Kia Rio with ~75,000 miles. After I first start the car and accelerate away from where it was parked (especially if I accelerate hard), the car will repeatedly make a quick sound that ...
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96 Suburban intermittent falter/stall immediate restart

96 GMC K1500 Suburban. Falters/stalls. Intermittent. So far low speed/parking lot acceleration from stop. Also deceleration low speed as in coming to stop. Radio cuts in and out around the time of the ...
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Chevrolet Corsa doesn't accelerate until I restart the engine

It works fine for the first 10 km or so, then it'll suddenly stop accelerating, as if I weren't even pressing the pedal, and I have to restart the machine and it'd work again, for at least other 100-...
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What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?

I first had this question while playing a racing game - it was a touring race with BMW 320i's, and I noticed that I could rev up to 8,500 RPM before shifting gears. Now my car (an older 320i), ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tires about needing to be changed? He said, naw, another 8000 miles. After driving 7000 miles, I asked another mechanic who again said, long way to go. ...
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Why are intake valves dirtier than exhaust?

I took my engine apart and one of the things I noticed, on both cylinder heads of my Tacoma V6, is that the intake valves (picture right) are significantly darker (or dirtier) than the exhaust ones (...
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do all quattros have shafts connecting front and rear axles

I have recently purchased a 2009 Audi A5 Quattro, and in looking underneath the car there does seem to be a place for a shaft to connect the front axle to the rear axle (which you would expect) but ...
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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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EFI engine car failed Emission test?

i have an EFI engine car (Nissan N16 Super Saloon - 2000yr) i bought it 6monthes ago as an used car. After i bought it, i had check engine lights on, then i drove it to a mechanical shop few times ...
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What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 Petrol, has a high air intake. Here is the approximate location of it: [ Here is the engine bay, showing the air intake on the left. Is the height of the bottom of the ...
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2004 powerstroke white smoke now no start

I have been trying to fix my truck for a while so long story. I need help bought a 2004 power stroke with 100k miles. It ran well for 15k miles then started having low power for first few minutes to ...
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What does BHP@rpm mean?

In my car's specs sheet I noticed: Power (BHP@rpm): 117@6600 What does BHP@rpm mean?
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What is Variable Valve Timing technology?

Recently when I visited a car showroom the salesman pitched the car by saying it has VVT technology which is superior compared to other cars. I researched and found out that it alters the valve ...
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Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control

Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control. As far as I understand, In Diesel Engine the right amount of Diesel for the right amount of Compressed air ...
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Loose wires in 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

I have acquired this very used truck. It seemed to be able to run (albeit by burning transmission and coolant, but that's a different thread) but I wanted to ask if anyone could ID these wires? I ...
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What to Look for When Buying a Rebuilt Engine

I'm looking at a 98 Mazda 323 1.8L with a rebuilt engine. Basically, a mechanic bought it cheap due to shot rings and rebuilt the engine to sell it at a profit. He said it's the fifth engine he's ...
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What are some problems faced when driving vehicles during heavy rain?

Please could somebody explain the problems we could face while we are driving during heavy rain or along flooded roads? What are examples of designs that mitigate the issues of driving in heavy rain? ...
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What kind of gasoline additives will help maintain the engine efficiency/life?

Aside from the traditional maintenance of oil changes, and keeping fluid levels correct - what else will help prolong the engine's life? I recall a few years back gasoline additives were the thing to ...
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2006 Audi A4 2.0

I am in the process of increasing horsepower with more boost in my turbo. What's the max boost I can do if I did the k&n air filter upgrade and put a 2.5 down pipe and 2.5 inch exhaust all the way ...
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Engine won't rev past 2500 in Park/Neutral

I am just through replacing the catalytic converters on an 06 Ford Expedition with about 151k miles on it. To break in new cats, you must run it at idle for about 5 minutes, then increase the engine ...
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fuel system problem

I have a 89 camaro I personally don't think it's a fuel pump issue and I recently changed the relay, but whenever I turn the key over sometimes I hear the fuel pump turn on sometimes I don't. Could it ...
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Why might you choose to change to using an aftermarket throttle body?

I have heard that some people might want to buy an aftermarket throttle body. Is the reason for this simply to replace a broken one or are there also other specific advantages (and disadvantages) to ...
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Who gets title if you sell a frame and an engine separately

I have a POS (Piece of S**t) salvage motorcycle I purchased cheap for a purpose which has now passed. I'm ready to get rid of it and there's a guy down the street that mentioned possibly wanting to ...
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How Much Liquid Can I Put In My Cylinders Safely?

I wanted to do a little bit of a "scientific" test to see how well a homebrew seafoam type mixture will dissolve carbon deposits on the cylinder crowns. I thought of simply taking the plugs out and ...
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2003 F150 5.4L V8 Long Term Fuel Trim High Bank 2

I am currently chasing a lean condition in my Ford F150. My fuel trims were reading high on one bank (bank 2) and I am curious when I find the vacuum leak or whatever is causing the high readings, how ...
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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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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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Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I've been told that a wet serpentine belt causes this. Is that true? If not, what else could it be? How can I fix this? This is a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer (4.2L 6-cyl. engine). I hear the noise ...
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Should I remove the rings when cleaning a piston?

I want to clean my piston in a small ultrasonic cleaner (with distilled water). Do I need to remove the piston rings to do so, or can I leave them on and make sure it dries completely? If I replace ...
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Should I care about valve order or are they interchangeable?

So I've just learned how to take valves down and I'm pretty fascinated by the whole mechanism. I got a C-clamp compressor and took two valves out just to try. Went smooth. A question: is it important ...
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Turbo Charging Suzuki Splash/Ritz

Can I turbo charge my Suzuki Splash/Ritz? Its a 1.2 liter petrol engine with 85HP. What types of engines can be turbo-charged. If it's possible, how would I do it?
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Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?

We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low ...
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Is incessantly revving an engine necessary for tuning?

I have a neighbor who revs his engine loudly over and over again, for anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes up to several hours at a time, several days a week, and has been doing this for over a year. It ...
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How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?

I have a Skoda Octavia 5 1.6 MPI and I want to make a good cheap safe tuning that will increase the cars performance above 100 hp it already has. How can I do that?
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Cold engine works on three out of four cylinders

When my Honda CBR900’s engine is cold, it works only on three cylinders. When the engine begins to warm, all goes fine and all the cylinders begin to work. What can cause this?
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Possible causes of this Honda Civic K20 engine whine/hiss?

I own a 2008 Euro Civic Type-R which has almost the same engine as the US Civic Si (K20Z3 vs K20Z4). Since a bit of time I have a really annoying high pitched noise coming from the engine. It's ...
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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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Idling problems on 2004 Ford Mustang 4.6L V8

Need some help. I recently bought an '04 Mustang but am having idling problems. I've looked up some things on the Web but they didn't do anything for me. I've clean the IAC and it helped some but not ...
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Hero Passion Pro - Choke Issues

I have a Hero Passion Pro Motorcycle. It does not get started when the choke is on. It does start when the choke is turned off? The engine produces a disturbing noise and smoke goes out when the ...
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Corsa D Stuttering Accelaration with Malfunction Light flashing

I have a 1.2l Vauxhall Corsa D (62 plate) that has done 63K miles. A problem has developed over the last day or two that is becoming a concern, and has got worse over the last 24 hours. Whilst ...