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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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How is the clanging sound produced in the engine?

Imagine riding your motor bike from plain ground to an uphill path, initially it climbs the road in top gear. Then gradually the bike begins to slow down and the sound from the 100cc petrol engine ...
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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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Is short drive trip bad for your engine?

My wife's car often uses to drive to a nearby grocery store, which is too close to our house (about 2 miles). Some one told me that I should change the engine oil more often because engine is working ...
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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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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 ...
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08 Silverado 5.3 engine “click”

I have an 08 Silverado, that has a "click" coming from the engine when it first starts. Once it reaches normal temperature it seems to go away. All the belts look good but beyond that I'm not sure ...
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Oxygen sensor malfunction

2005 Toyota Tundra v8 This truck overheats with no radiator fluid loss. Also had power loss. Motor shake. Codes came back with a voltage high/low and both oxygen sensors upstream needed replacement. ...
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Hours of labor required for 2007 Altima 2.5 engine refresh/rebuild

The cost obviously depends on the mechanic's hourly rate, but I know that the manufacturers provide authorized dealers with a guide of how many hours each service / job should take. However I can't ...
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Should fuel pump noise be changing according to electrical load and RPM?

One thing that bugs me about my car is that the fuel pump noise is fairly inconsistent. Turning on the lights, aircon, defroster, etc. lowers the fuel pump speed and gives a lower pitched noise. It ...
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No radiator fluid in resevoir

Obviously you shouldn't drive with no coolant, because in most cases obviously your car will overheat, blow a head gasket and all that fun stuff. I drive a 4cyl 2.5L Ford Ranger. One time I realized ...
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How do the bore and stroke affect the characteristics of an engine?

How do the lengths of the bore and stroke affect the performance (power and torque), and general running characteristics (e.g. redline, noise etc) of a 4 cylinder engine? Note: When asking this ...
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How often to start/drive a vehicle to keep it healthy?

In order to keep a gasoline-powered vehicle healthy, how often does it need to be started or driven? Please specify if it actually needs to be driven, or if just starting it and letting it run is ...
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Cylinder Leak-down vs Compression Test

I understand that both cylinder leak down and compression tests are used to test for cylinder head, cracks, warps, and gasket leaks. I understand the difference between how each works: compression ...
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“tick-tick” sound in Enfield Clasic Motorcycle

BIKE ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 2013 Model ODOMETER: 14000 One and half year old Oil changed one and half month before general servicing. There is a particular sound from the engine while riding ...
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Craftsman snowblower: sudden death

I have a Craftsman 9hp dual (eg electric) start snowblower. It is very similar (or the same) as the one in this manual. It has been running smoothly all winter - I can start it reliably with the ...
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Engine Heat Indicator effects

I'm curious about the head indicator on my car. After driving more than 5 minutes it levels out pretty much half way between the 60 and 120 degree mark. My first question is: is the mid point at 90 ...
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Derbi Senda 50cc - Low Compression, will not run properly

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 ...
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Gas pedal not responding

It just doesn't work, as if I weren't even pressing it and it happens regardless of the speed. I have to turn the engine off and on again and it'll work for another 3 or even up to 20 minutes ...
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Which operations are done when key is turned to On position?

I would like to know which operations or functions does the car do when I turn the key to On position (the key position before starting the engine) in gas engine and in diesel engine. For example, in ...
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Going more than recommended Speed in Break-in Period

I have a new Yamaha motorbike. Seller told me not to ride speed more than 50 Kmph for first 1000KM but I rode it 60 for 10 - 15 minutes due to some reason. How does it affect to my Motorbike ?.
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Where can I buy the 2005 Mazda 3s 2.3L oxygen sensor plug?

I bought an oxygen sensor with the wrong plug. I wonder were could I buy a plug like the one on my car in order to connect the oxygen sensor properly? This is an image of the plug on my car. Does ...
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Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?

I have a Range Rover classic 1993 which is heating very fast even if I just drive for 10 min, the heat is not rising too much but I used to drive this Range Rover before and especially in winter ...
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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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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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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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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter (...
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2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
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Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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2000 Nissan Maxima Service engine light

The dealer diagnosed it and says it got tripped by catalytic converter and rear oxygen sensor. The total estimate was around $2000. The blue book value on his car is around that amount. Is there a way ...
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Can I use hard tools to remove hardened carbon buildup on valves?

I used a brass brush by hand to clean the carbon off the aluminium head of my BMW R80GS 1991. The valves however are very stubborn, a brass dremel head won't do it either. I started using a soft steel ...
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Is a greasy exterior a sign of bad maintenance?

All car's I've had (second hand and between 15-30 years old) have always had a greasy veil over engine components. I understand moving components need to be lubricated but this gives off the ...
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Motorcycle bogs down under load

I recently did a head gasket repair on my 1986 Kawasaki GPZ1000RX and now that everything is back together it starts up fine, idles fine, and revs high without a problem while in neutral, but when I ...
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Over heating of my 05 Honda Civic

I first purchased my Civic in Jan of 2015. My first car had terrible over heating problems so I decided to get rid of it for my civic. Turns out, my Civic has the SAME problem. I decided to take it ...
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Engine Temperature from OBD data

Engine Coolant temperature is obtained from OBD. But there is no PID to get engine temperature. Obviously, they are related, rather proportional I guess. But can there be a case where my engine is ...
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Top speed of my Bajaj Pulsar 135 is decreased after changing Clutch plate

I would like to know if my clutch plate can be the reason that my top speed is now lower. Top speed of my bike is 115. I drove my bike after the clutch plate replacement and the top speed is now 90- ...
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What would be better for an engine driving at 60mph or 70mph? I wish to get the most miles out of my engine?

At 60mph my engine revs at 2800RPM and at 70 it's 3200RPM. My qustion is which condition would give the most miles from my engine.
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After five years in garage diesel car wouldn't start, what should be done?

One of my friends left his car in the garage since five years back and he has lived abroad since then. He left it with a full tank(its a diesel), and it ran perfectly well back then. Now he's back and ...