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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 ...
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wont start only rapid clicking 2004 chrysler concorde lxi 3.5L

I have a 2004 Chrysler Concorde LXi 3.5. Couple months ago I was driving pulled over shut car off and went into store..when I can out and tried to start it it just rapid clicks . I let it sit for 20 ...
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Will anti-Freeze leave behind residue?

I bought a used 93 3.1 GM long block engine with 19,633 miles in 2014 from a yard that I found on the internet. The engine was pulled in 1996 and stored by the yard. I did a title search/check to ...
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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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Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)

I was recently in the lucky position to obtain an (almost brand new) Alfa Romeo MiTo, Progression. Like many new cars coming out these days, it has "Start & Stop" technology that turns the engine ...
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What does it take for a modern muscle car to sound like a classic muscle car?

To preface, I would grade my exhaust knowledge with a "B-". I know what the major components are and what they do, but I don't know if and when certain exhaust parts became mandated or introduced ...
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Engine, sudden reduced power with soft shaking

I have a 2007 Holden with a 2.0 Turbo engine. On one day I decided to go through a light that had just turned orange- so I pressed down, not completely as I new how much power I needed to go through ...
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Two-stroke dirt bike piston running into spark plug

Recently, I submitted a post on here regarding a broken ground electrode on the spark plug of my 2005 Suzuki RM125: Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine Well, I found out what ...
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My 1999 Mazda 626 LX just shut down.

Engine turns over but wont start. While trying to start it, it gave a backfire, I changed the spark plugs plus oil hoping hat would fix it but no such luck. Any suggestions as to what could cause or ...
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What good is it for an engine to have lower CCs and higher BHP?

I was watching "The Perfect Road Trip 2" by Top Gear, where at some point Richard Hammond is driving a Mercedes A45 AMG. He says that the car develops a whooping 355 BHP, and all that comes from a ...
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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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Engine sputtering, not accelerating. Left for 20 mins and is now fine?

The car is a Mk1 Golf (1993, 1.8lt, mechanical injection). I was driving up a medium incline and suddenly my car starting sputtering and I lost acceleration. I pulled over and started the engine ...
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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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Why (almost)all dirt bikes have single cylinder engine?

Every dirt bike i know has a single cylinder engine , i myself ride a yamaha xt660z which has huge 660 cc cylinder . What are the characteristics of those engines ? what are the benefits of such ...
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first “non-replaceable” parts to break

I'm currently modifying my '08 Subaru WRX with everything from suspension(Sways/Strut/Springs...) to Engine(Turbo/TMIC/Injectors...) and much much more...However I would like to get ahead of the game ...
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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 Bogs down with A/C or Defroster On

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
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Engine stalling out, chirping sound, 2003 ford taurus SE

Over the last week I've had a chirping sound coming from somewhere near my engine bay. It has been very inconsistent (At first would increase when accelerating, then increase when coming to stop, then ...
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Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?

I've noticed on my 94 Integra (bought used about 2 weeks ago) that the thermostat is often below cold, sometimes above cold but never up to the center mark. Today I was boiling inside my car as it ...
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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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How does ambient temperature affect engine efficiency and fuel consumption?

I remember from my physics class that the ideal-gas Carnot engine is more efficient if the temperature difference between the heat source and the thermostat ("heat recipient") is larger ...
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Have to shake the car to get it started

Renault Megane 1.6 2008 model. I just changed spark plugs and fuel filter thinking that was the issue, but it carries on. The problem is when the car is stagnant and off and when I try starting the ...
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Cold Start Problem Chrysler LHS 2001

Last night was the coldest night we had for awhile and this morning when I started my car it initially started up and every thing seemed normal. I put it in reverse, backed out, and then when I put it ...
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Honda City 2009 : It would not start Start

My honda city 2009 AT would not start. The gauges would light up. The power windows,radio and AC worked. I was able to turn the key but when I try to start it, it will just give a sound like it is ...
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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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What uncommon tools are needed for a GMC Savanna 2500 engine replacement?

I have done simple repairs, such as the water pump, alternator, etc on vehicles. Having gone beyond simple maintenance (oil, brakes, spark plugs, etc) I have a collection of very common mechanics ...
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what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in “w” units please

what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in "w" units please i need to add oil and I cannot find a good reference as to what to use - the oil at the garages are 20 ...
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Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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Slow Accleration And Moving

So my car isn't accelerating as it should be the rpms go high but the acceleration is slow and I have a check engine for bank2* catalytic converter could that be the problem.
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Is 115HP engine enough to drive on steep hills?

I am comparing the VW Jetta S with SE. The S has a 2L engine with 115HP whereas the SE has a HP of 170 (Ref.). I live in seattle area which has steep hills. I would like to know if 115HP would be ...
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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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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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Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine

I was riding my 2005 RM125 dirt bike the other day when it bogged down all of a sudden. I noticed the spark plug had backed out of the head, thus causing the stall. I pulled the spark plug all the way ...
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What is this loud semi-regular clicking on a 2001 Honda CR-V?

Due to the nature of my problem I've had little success on Google. I appreciate any help. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V EX with 130000 miles on it and I'm the original owner. The week prior to my ...
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Can you make a tapped hole deeper?

I tapped a hole in my motor (to hold the valve cover) but I don't think the pre-existing hole was deep enough. Can you make a tapped hole deeper? As the drill bit for the pilot hole should fit right ...
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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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How to assemble a piston ring for cars

I am having trouble to assemble a piston ring for my car. Can anyone help me to teach on how to assemble a piston ring of a car. I would be glad if there is someone to help me on this.
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How are fuel injectors controlled?

I took the fuel injectors off of a wrecked Volvo 850 GLT 1996. I was testing them to see if they still worked by simply supplying voltage to them, and they do. I noticed that when I increase or ...
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Peugeot 206 engine occasionally cutting out when idle

Sorry if this is vague, I don't know very much, but I'll do my best. I want to have as much information possible before taking it to a garage to do anything. I have a 2003 Peugeot 206 1.1l which has ...
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Strange surging and like it's going to stall, hesitant whilst idling

I have been having an issue with my Peugeot 207 (2008 model) 1.6L VTI petrol engine. The cam cover was replaced by the garage but hasn't fixed the problem. I have lost faith in them. I managed to ...
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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?

I recently heard an urban legend-like story about a guy in a developing country who decided engine oil was too expensive and so used some vegetable oil instead. The story says the car ran for some ...
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ford figo doesnt start after recharging the battery

I have a ford figo and I got the battery recharged and got it fixed .now the car wont start. Ther is a symbol which has pic of a car n a lock on it and that keeps blinking wenever I try to start and ...
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Hyundai Accent 2006 Hard Start Problems When Cold

I am the owner of Hyundai Accent with a diesel engine. After very cold nights, the mornings are a nightmare. The engine starts fine but a light for check up is on most of time on board, and after gear ...
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Toyota camry 2003 , 2azfe - 2.4 L , vibrates at idling & does not accelerate properly

Recently I sent my Camry to the workshop as there was a blown water outlet pipe, and was told that the head gasket was damaged too. These were then replaced, and I took delivery of my car. But my ...
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What disadvantages a car with 4-speed transmission have compared to 5, 6 or 7 speed with similar engine?

This seemed to be most relevant site to ask my question. I am planning to purchase a new car and my shortlisted car has 4 speed automatic and 1.6 litre engine. The thing that worries me is that it ...
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Host of small performance problems in 2006 Hyundai Elantra

I bought a used 2006 Hyundai Elantra (Automatic) back in early 2011. At the time, I was needed to have a car quick, and it seemed like a good deal, but the longer that I've owned it, the more problems ...