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How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?

It's now properly winter over here in Australia, and the butt dyno is very favourable of the cold, dry air. It's like a free cold air intake for everyone, right?? I can think of two scientific ...
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Should I give a little throttle after my car starts?

When I start up my 2003 petrol car, as soon as it fires I often give it a dab of the throttle, so the battery recovers. It's fuel injected, no carburetor or anything. I've been told this is pointless....
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Car will not start Sometimes?

Hey i just wanted to ask about my girlfriends car she has been having problems with for over a year.. we had it checked but they always say nothing is wrong (usually because the car starts when they ...
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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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Banging sounds coming in front of my car

I'm having a banging sounds coming from the front of my car. Usually they appear after 5-10 meters when I'm driving. It's like one small knock and then around 5-6 more knocks and then they stop until ...
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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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Is it good to start your car up until the engine temperature gets to the middle? [duplicate]

I usually start my car up for around 10-20 minutes before actually driving it to warm it up. I know it's not needed anymore with newer cars but is it better to do it?
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Interpreting Cylinder Compression Readings

So I've been having some engine trouble with my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L, specifically a low, rough idle and lack of power on acceleration. One of the things the WSM says to check for both these problems ...
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Lapping Valves - Using Water as Test Medium

I've lapped my valves and want to check if they are sealing properly. Everywhere that I've read talks about using stuff like, acetone, gasoline, paint thinner... to fill the exhaust/intake ports and ...
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1997 Honda Odyssey - How do I know if the valves are still good after both the timing belts broke?

I hired a mechanic to replace my crankshaft pulley sensor. He ended up doing something wrong. We tried to crank it and it sounded like a dead battery and the sensor broke and hit the oil pump. Put a ...
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Filled oil with 10L - the car now has problems with the engine cutting out or badly vibrating the car

My husband added 5L of oil to the car, he was told to add another 5L. Now the car makes a very loud sound almost like a vacuum. The car switches itself off when started. Speed picks up very slowly (...
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Mazda 323 F is losing power when driving?

I've had a Mazda 323f for a few years now with no faults. But now, it's running poorly with a loss of power that then picks up. I replaced the coil pack and it ran great for a few weeks but then loss ...
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Studder first starting

Hyundai Tucson 2008. Gasoline model. I live in a very hot climate and when I start my car in the morning it studders for a while. If I pump the gas, it disappears and doesn't come back. I ...
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White smoke is coming from my engine. how do i find out what it is?

I own a 92 chevy lumina, when i drive or let it run for a little bit it will smoke from underneath the upper radiator hose. it is not the actual radiator hose as i changed it thinking it was that. ...
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ECU signals to CAN bus

What methods or ideas are out there that can match or change an SR20det ECU's signals or codes in order for a newer CAN bus system to read, for example, the power steering to work as well as the ...
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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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What is this ticking noise while pulling away?

Lately I noticed a slight ticking noise when pulling off calmly (from a stop light, for example) at the exact moment the car starts moving. Happens when the engine is still cool, before I hit the ...
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Ticking/clicking when accelerating 1997 Dodge Caravan

My caravan began ticking when accelerating yesterday. It ticks fairly loudly when accelerating and much softer and slower when idle, or slowing down. Ticks slow and steady when idle or in park. Does ...
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Why is lugging hard on connecting rods?

I was researching the effects of lugging and came upon this thread, one of whose answers claims that lugging is really hard on the connecting rods. but without explaining why. Can you explain ...
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what engine came in 2007 chevrolet avalanche LTZ?

I have a 5.3 Liter engine from a 2007 Chevy Avalanche LTZ. I removed it and swapped in a 6.0 for a customer. What is the name given to this V8? It has an aluminum block and cast 243 heads. I need to ...
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Car engine dies when I am not pressing the Gas

Make: Chevrolet Aveo UVA 1.2 LT 2007 model. When ever the gas is not pressed, the engine stalls. Even the engine does not starts unless I press the gas while turning the key. At high speeds every ...
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Is my new car engine damaged?

I bought New Nissan 2 months ago. I was driving on down hills but as it was late at night and no car on the road, I enjoyed of high speed (4-5 min) and I didn't use the break . When we reached my ...
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Oil leaking, bad valve cover? [closed]

I noticed that my oil was empty 4 days after it was full. There is oil residue on the top of the engine and on the inside of the hood. I am wondering if this could be from a bad valve cover. It is a ...
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Acceptable amount of slack in a timing chain with high mileage?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - 230,000 miles original owner. FWIW, this model car/engine does not have timing chain inspection and/or changing as part of the routine ...
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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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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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Truck won't crank; no sound from starter relays

I have a 1997 Expedition, which badly needed a tune up: the motor was shaking. I changed the plugs, which stopped the shaking; two days later the truck won't start. The battery is hot and the lights ...
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engine light is blinking now

My car had no oil in it. I went and got the oil changed, and it was running better .I filled the gas tank up and then all of a sudden the engine light started blinking and it did not have power ,like ...
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Drive no longer works on my Chrysler 300

I have 2006 300 Chrysler v-6 Hemi engine AWD 6 cylinder. I went to start my car this morning, put it in drive, but it wouldn't go. Then I put it in reverse and it would drive back as well as neutral. ...
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03 Pontiac Grand Am won't start

I was driving the car today oil light came on went 1 mile to store and got oil but was only 1 qt low put it in had about 3 miles to go got one mile when it died again pushed it to the house now it ...
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Erratic Oil pressure in a 2005 Chev 2500HD with 6 litre gas engine

Bought truck in April. about one month later oil pressure would drop to zero and warning message would display Low Oil pressure and warning chimes would go off. Local GM dealer tested with mechanical ...
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Why does my 2012 Honda Fit's engine oil quickly get dark but my ~2009 Ford Edge's oil seems to stay quite clear?

My brother's approx. 2010 Scion's oil seems to get dark rather quickly as well. I've heard that darker oil means that the oil is doing its job and keeping the engine clean by bringing the contaminants ...
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Does using heat in the car SAVE gas?

Its well known that using heat in a car is almost free (see for example here). It is also known that using the heat can reduce the engine temperature which otherwise needs to rely on water cooling. ...
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Why is cold-start fuel mixture enrichment necessary?

I know a rich mixture is more fuel added than air in the ratio required (14.7:1), but how can it affect anything? I mean, if fuel is added but with no air it can't combust, so how can that affect the ...
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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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Car won't start - replaced alternator - didn't help

I have a 5-6 years old Mazda 6 2010, 2.5L engine. My car simply won't start. I had this issue yesterday, so I called roadside assistance and they were able to jump start my car. I drove straight to ...
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Why do engines get louder with age?

My engine (Ford Escape Hybrid 2006) has gotten noticeably louder over the years. Not to the point that I'm concerned, but it has gotten me wondering why exactly engine noise gets worse with time. I've ...
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Mitsubishi Galant over heating with battery light and brake light on

I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4 cylinder engine. I parked my car after leaving the laundry mart and I got in to pick up my children and it would crank but won't start. So we changed the spark ...
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Does shifting gears at 10000 rpm damage my car?

If you drive a high power gasoline sports or a muscle car with a manual transmission, will it do any damage if I shift gears at 10000 rpm?
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Ticking or clicking when accelerating

So I've had my Ford F-150 for a few years now. It's a 2001 and up until the other day it was running and sounding like new. On the way back from work I stopped at the gas station to fill up. When I ...
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Car won't start, possibly due to ants in batteries

Yesterday there were a ton of ants crawling out of some hole in my backseat. I sprayed the shit out of them. This morning, when I try to start the ignition, my engine clicks a lot but won't turn ...
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Car won't start problem

I have a problem with my car it won’t start. Just a little background on my car, I have a 2008 Nissan Versa and I have a cold air intake installed in my car with a hydro shield covering the air filter ...
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Can a valve suddenly break in half? Versys 650 destroyed engine

this week-end, I had to disassemble an engine from a kawasaki versys 650 (early). The bike lost power while making ugly metal sounds. It never started again. RIP. context: 108.000km, mostly higway ...
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my honda civic 2007 won't start

My Honda Civic 2007 won't start after installing a new engine because the first engine block bust out because water mixed with the oil. So I got a new engine. After they installed the engine, at the ...
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Why use a 12-cylinder engine over a 8-cylinder engine

When I look at Lamborghini Veneno and compare it for example to the Ferrari 458 Italia I can see that Lamborghini used a V12 while Ferrari placed a V8 inside the 458 Italia. I wonder why Lamborghini ...
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Merdeces stalls after 30sec-1min, and battery warning light is on [duplicate]

I've got an old but low mileage Mercedes and This problem puzzles me. The car stalls after a short time(30 seconds to 1 minute) after start up and the battery warning light on the dash lights up. I ...
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How much vehicle life is added by rebuilding cylinder heads?

Now that I have fully rebuild the cylinder heads (all engine gaskets + valve lapping + lash tuning) on my 2007 Tacoma with 124K mi, I am curious how much life I added to the vehicle, approximately. I ...
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How to get a motor to Top Dead Center

I'm not sure how specific to my car this is or not, so I will include my car information just in case: It's a 1991 Honda CRX, base trim(the motor is the d15b2). On to the question: How do I go about ...
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Uneven idle when my '93 Honda Accord's engine is cold

When I start the engine cold in my '93 Honda Accord, it will rev up to 2000rpm and slowly go down to 800 rpm as the engine warms up (normal behavior), unless I do one of the following during this ...