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How reliable is a second-hand Subaru 2.5 RS 04-05?

Basically, I've been a Subaru enthusiast for a few years but never been able to purchase one because I'm still a student. However, this summer I will be able to. The issue is that I need a reliable ...
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Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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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 ...
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Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

In this question, we discuss stripped oil pan threads. I learned it is a result of user error - over tightening and cross threading, by the dealership I consistently go to. Many people have come ...
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1974 Ford Econoline E200 Van acts fuel starved after warm up

I have a 1974 Ford Econoline E200 Van with an 8 cylinder with the present symptoms: It starts and runs great, but once is warmed up, it feels like it is not injecting fuel. It loses power and slows ...
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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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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
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over loading, missfiring

My car is missing particularly whenever ur going up hill or in any case where u have to give it more gas. I've replaced plugs, caps, Cool Pak's. Ignition module, tps sensor, mass air flow sensor and ...
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Replacing an engine in a Chevy pickup ('85 K10). Is 190hp enough?

My friend is looking to replace the engine in his older Chevy '85 K10 pickup and found this engine http://www.summitracing.com/parts/nal-10067353/overview/year/1985/make/chevrolet/model/k10. Is the ...
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Engine smooth after techron then rough again

I used techron additive. After a gas tankful, the engine is smooth and powerful as new. However after another tankful of normal gas the engine is rough and sluggish again. Why is this happening? ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 shuts off after running for 10–20 seconds

My 2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F shuts off after ten to twenty seconds after start. It doesn't spit and sputter, it just shuts down. I have loosened the bowl screws while it's running and confirmed that ...
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Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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E46 Check engine light on at high altitude

In my E46 BMW, the yellow check engine light always turns on when visiting Lake Tahoe (altitude ranging from 6000-8000 feet). It usually turns off if I've been there for a couple days. After many ...
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Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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why is it not good to stall a cold engine

I've always known that you cannot stall (regular turn off by turning key (i'm not sure how that's called in english)) an engine if it is not yet reached it's work temperature. For example, if i go to ...
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2001 GMC Jimmy wont start?

Hi I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy it was running fine, then parked it. it starting acting funny, sometimes would take a couple times to start, so checked my oil dipstick, it read a little high and smelt ...
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Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
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E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...
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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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Coolant/antifreeze leaking out of engine block (See photo/video)

I'm not sure exactly what is going on with my vehicle ('98 Wrangler, 4.0L), but it's pretty obvious something is wrong. I think I might have had some minor coolant leaking after the past few times ...
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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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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
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2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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Car shakes when in gear at red light

I bought a '96 Toyota Camry about a month ago. When I first turn the car on and the engine is cold, I can have the car stopped (in gear) and it will not shake. The idle RPMs will be at 1000. After ...
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Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity?

I have a Mazda RX-8 (with a Wankel rotary engine). Mazda advises North American owners to use 5W-20 oil. The engine was just replaced 200 miles ago by the dealer so it currently has 5W-20 in it. ...
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Honda Engine Seize & overheats

I have Honda Trigger CB and it's a good motor vehicle but when I cross speed at 100km/hr. It heats a lot and often get seize in mid way. It then need to cool off to let me ride it again. Also it gives ...
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Turbo gain level

I have a question - do you have any idea about potential power level of 132 kW (180 HP), 700 Nm MAN truck (TGL) 4.5 litre engine with damaged (not working) turbo? Would it accelerate to 55 km/h with ...
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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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Renault/Dacia Logan 2014+ engine temperature indicator?

the Renault/Dacia Logan 2014 and above have indicators like this: As you can see, the dial at the right has the total mileage and the fuel indicator only. I'm wondering if there is an indicator for ...
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Coolant leaking into engine

I had my truck in for service - 2006 Sierra Denali - due to an oil leak. They replaced the "engine oil cooler lines to pan gasket". Within a couple of days had a major issue - coolant had gotten into ...
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Won't pickup speed

Got1991 caddy press pedal to floor won't pickup speed engine dies out what's the problem could it be my fuel injectors fuel pump will not accelerate no leaks transmission good no smoke 1991 ...
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Engine oil leak from motorcycle

I'm having this peculiar problem. There is an engine oil leak from my 160 cc motorcycle. The thing is that, I got the engine oil changed couple of days back, by a nearby mechanic. Now the problem is ...
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Dodge Ram SRT-10 Problem

My Dad owns a 2005 Ram SRT-10 Quad Cab. The problem is when my dad trys to go over 100 MPH it doesn't let him. And I know the Ram SRT-10 can go a lot faster than that. In fact the Ram SRT-10 can reach ...
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Why does a Turbocharger only produce boost when the engine is under load

As per the Title. Why does a turbocharged car only produce significant boost whilst the engine is under load. Is is something to do with how much exhaust is being produced or is there some kind of ...
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Why does my engine hesitate when I first start?

My question may be related to this other one, but its answer is inadequate for me to be able to diagnose my problem and know what to do to fix it. When I start my car in the morning (or sometimes ...
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Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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Bmw 320 d 2011 n47t [closed]

I've got my timing chain fixed before it was too late . I had a great experience with my local dealer and replaced it free of charge , my question is , will it ever get this bad again? I got a 2 year ...
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Sluggish Acceleration

I have a 2003 Kia Spectra. Just replaced the radiator. The car does not overheat when running, no fluid leaking. However, car is very sluggish when accelerating. Rpm goes up but car jerks into ...
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2005 Honda Accord cold start idle is low

I'm not a car expert so I don't know if I'm being alarmist or not but this problem just started happening the past week and seems to be getting worse fast. Hopefully the terms I'm using is helpful in ...
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Honda Odyssey engine cut out

I have a 1997 Honda Odyssey automatic, it stopped running in the middle of the road and when I tried starting it again it made a loud whining sound, then I turned the key off and tried again and it ...
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2011 Kia Optima Repair

While driving my 2011 Kia Optima LX with 58,000 miles, the engine shut off and I coasted to a stop. Attempting to restart resulted in one weak crank then nothing. There is fuel and electricity. The ...
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Engine stalling/not wanting to go

Hello so I have a 1988 chevy 1500 with a 350 in it. I drove it for about 10 minutes the other day no problem would spin the tires over easy also. The next day I drove it to my grandma's no problem. I ...
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Transmission Fluid Pump - 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor P71 CVPI

Hi, I have a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. My car runs in forward and reverse for a short time (30 seconds to 2 minutes) and produces a loud whine noise. I believe this to be the ...
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Is idling bad for your engine?

If I sit in my car for 30-40 minutes with the AC and the car idling, does that "hurt" the engine, or does it simply waste gas and pollute the air? Would it be better if I turned off the car? A ...
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Why does diesel engine need a warm-up before the start-up?

When starting up, diesel engine needs approximately 5s before turning the key for ignition. Why is this neccessary and what can be damaged if you don't do that?
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1988 chevy k1500 350

I have a chevy that has a loss of power and stalling. About a week ago I drove it and it would spin the tires over, but the next day it wouldn't. it could be bad gas the truck was in the shop for ...
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Normal spark advance for 96 LT1 engine? STFT also varies bank 1 vs bank 2. What does it mean?

I used my HP Tuners as a scan tool on my 96 LT1 in an Impala SS. The "Advance" as read by the tool sits at -12 deg at idle, then goes down to -35 deg if I rev it (no load) to about 2k RPM. I'm ...
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2009 Toyota Camry 2AZFE idle vibration remains after new motor mounts

My wife's Camry went in to the shop 2 months ago for a rough idle. We bought the car used in February with 72K miles. We've put on 10K and decided to have a mechanic look it over and tell us what it ...