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Rough Acceleration & ticking noise

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer 4WD Automatic 260,000+ miles (Runs perfectly if not for something going wrong every two weeks) Symptoms: Engine sounds rough when accelerating When accelerating there's a ...
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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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Popping Sound when A/C is on - 2009 Kia Rio

I've noticed that, when I first start my car, there is an intermittent popping or clicking sound coming from up near the engine (sometimes it almost sounds like a very quick burst of air escaping a ...
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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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Milky Oil in the radiator - Mazda 323

My vehicle has oil in the radiator and I have checked the head gasket matter fact I replaced it with a new one and there still is oil In the radiator may I ask what could be another reason for oil to ...
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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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Effects of Dirty Piston Heads and Intake Valves

What are the effects of dirty ( allot of carbon build-up ) piston heads and intake valves? I just used an endoscope to take a look at my piston heads while changing my spark plugs and the heads had ...
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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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2005 Honda Civic - Oveheating

So my car has been overheating for over 1 year. It overheated during summer or when I went 80mph only. I recently saved up enough money to get the car fixed. I brought it to my mechanic and informed ...
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Burning Smell and Faint White Smoke

I have a 1999 Audi A4. Recently there is a burning smell when driving that is noticeable when stopped after driving. At night I noticed a faint white smoke blowing out of the front in the headlights. ...
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96 Toyota Camry won't stay started

My 96 Camry starts first time every time then stalls after 10-20 seconds? Last year it ran fine but rarely would stall @ running speed. I had to set for 2-3min before it would start then it ran ...
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Machine turns off randomly and won't start after staying off for a while

It all started about a year ago. I had to go to another city and the drive was about an hour long, it went perfectly fine. I left the car parked on the sun for about 2 hours, nothing special, on a ...
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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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Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away

I have an Australia-built Ford Falcon which has a 4.0L multi-point fuel injected straight 6 and is manual. I rebuilt the head in the car myself last year (blown head gasket) and it has been running ...
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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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Semi synthetic oil engine break-in

I've finished rebuilding the engine of my motorcycle (4 stroke 650cc single-cylinder). For now it runned only once varying between 1000 and 2000 RPM for 5 minutes with a couple of short bursts after ...
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BMW 320d es auto engine size

I would like to know how to tell engine size of a BMW. I only buy cars a 1.9 litre or smaller engine.
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

I just did an oil change on my 1995 Nissan Altima, and noticed that the gasket on my dipstick does not make a seal inside the dipstick tube. The inside diameter of the tube is maybe 3/32 of an inch ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines the require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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Is it all right to clean a car radiator with vinegar and chlorine?

I got the idea from this article, where it suggests cleaning your washing machine using chlorine bleach and then vinegar. I have successfully used this method to clean my household washing machine ...
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Shortblock vs Longblock

What is the difference between a shortblock and a longblock? Both terms are used to refer to the engine, but what's the difference between them?
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Engine sound rumbles/grumble noise 800-1300 RPM

A 2000 Toyota Celica GTS 225k miles engine makes a mild rumbling/grumbling rough sound when accelerating slowly from a stop in drive or reverse only in the 800-1300 RPM band. Does not occur when in ...
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Should I lap my valves if I have easy access?

Now that I have my cylinder heads out of my V6 Tacoma, I am considering taking the valves out to inspect them in case they are bent or whatever and grind them. There is no symptoms of valves ...
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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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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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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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What does valve lapping compound actually do?

As I understand, valve lapping is done to ensure a seal between the valve and its seal ring at the end of the shaft. I am just curious how valve lapping compound facilitates that? Does it make a ...
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Valve lapping and lubrication

I have recently taken all my valves out and cleaned them with a wire brush as well as the shafts in the cylinder heads. I am now getting ready to put them back in and have several questions: What ...
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Car still burning oil after replacing head gasket and rings; what's next?

I have a 1991 BMW e34 525i with 374,000 km which burns oil. I don't have any leaks, and I have little smoke when I go uphill and accelerate. I have replaced the cylinder head gasket set and the ...
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What Do I Use for a Thrust Plate After Double Roller Timing Chain Swap

History/Background of This Engine The Magnum 3.9 V6 was introduced in 1992. In 1997, a TSB was issued to fix excessive timing chain noise. The fix was to remove the cam thrust plate and chain oil ...
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When to Use a Sleeve 'N' Seal?

A Sleeve N Seal is a thin-walled metal ring ~1" deep with an accompanying tube of "seal". It comes with some timing cover gasket sets. To install it, you heat the ring up in the oven on 500 degrees ...
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Timing Sprocket Marks Disagree with Distributor for TDC

I am in the middle of replacing my 1998 Dodge Dakota 39. V6's timing set. According to the manual and everywhere online, the camshaft sprocket dot should be at the bottom and the crankshaft ...
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Reliability of water test for valve seal

I took my valves out, cleaned and lapped them and put them back together. I also put new valve stem seals. At least on one side of my V6 Tacoma. I performed several water tests to check the seal of ...
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Are valve guides normally reusable?

A valve assembly diagram from my Tacoma FSM designates valve guides as non-reusable. I was wondering if that is just a CYA or really the case.
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Do valves rotate over time?

As I was doing my valve servicing, one question came to mind: As valves undergo millions of cycles of reciprocating motion, do they actually rotate or is their position relative to the seal fixed? Or ...
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Dodge Stratus 2000 shaking at idle after timing belt replacement

I have a Dodge Stratus 2000 SE 2.4 L with 150,000 miles on it. I decided to change the timing belt and water pump, since my mechanic told me to do so because of the mileage it had on it. Anyways, I ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never ...
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Water leaking into frame case/engine?

I just had my 2012 Mini Cooper S (66K miles) repaired last week last week for a failed/leaky water pump. My car had an episode where it overheated and shut down and wouldn't start after pulling over ...
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Different heads on Dodge Magnum 360

I'm working on a 98 Dodge Ram 2500 with a Magnum 360 V8 (roller cam shaft). It had a cracked head on one side, so I purchased a pair of remanned heads from an eBay retailer. These heads are the ...
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Car won't start, dies after jump

I have a 2007 Ford Mustang, 6 cylinder. A few hours after I drove it, the battery was completely dead. It can start with a jump, but if left to idle the engine stops soon after the cables are removed. ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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Derbi Senda 50cc won't run correctly?

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 start ...
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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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Engine randomly turns off on Mazda Capella 2000

Recently I have been having some issues with my Mazda Capella 2000 occasionally just switching off while I am at low revs. It doesn't often happen but when it does it seems to happen multiple times in ...
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Chirping sound from intake manifold, car stalling out?

Over the past 2 weeks or so my car has been making a chirping sound near the intake manifold and the accelerator. The chirping sound comes and go, and about a week ago I had an issue where my car ...
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Honda XR650l first ride after winterization

Before winter I had the oil changed, filled the gas tank and added the recommended amount of Sta-bil fuel stabilizer. Then rode around for about ten minutes then switched the petcock to off and ran ...
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Minor grinding noise and vibration when car is idle

I have a 2005 stick shift Toyota Camry. Sometimes when I am at a red light or stop sign and the car is in neutral I feel a slight vibration from the pedals and a slight grinding noise coming from the ...
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Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...