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How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars?

I have a volkswagon passat wagon. It just reach 70000M and it is 2007 model. I recently check the engine at the dealership. Now they asked me to replace all the following items to fix engine overheat ...
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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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Effects of driving through deep water WITHOUT hydrolocking (car still bogged down and died)

So, yesterday we had very heavy rains, and unfortunately I was driving in an unfamiliar area of town. I drove through high water, which caused my car to sputter and so I turned around. The car behaved ...
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Why does the power output peak and then drop as engine speed increases?

I have been looking at the power bands for my car (2000 Opel Agila 1.2) recently, as I want to work out when it is best to change gear and stuff, as I have no life! This is the approximate graph I ...
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If there is a vacuum leak, after you shut off engine, there should be no assisted braking immediately

Is this true or false? Without vacuum leak, the first few times you pump the brake, you can still get some of the vacuum assisted braking. I'm trying to diagnose suspected vacuum leak in this case.
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VW Golf 2001 Mk4 Diesel ASR Engine Problem

I've spent a crazy amount of money on my car lately and I still have the same problem. I've replaced the: Catalyst Converter Radiator Starter Motor EGR Valve Track Rod ends & Wheel Bearings ...
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RPM dropped and check engine light came on

I have a 2005 Nissan Murano. I was driving down the road the other day and the car lurched and I noticed the rpm dropped. The idling speed used to be at or above 1000, now its between 500 and 750. the ...
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i'm experiencing an engine miss or hestitation

I have a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, 6 cylinder, 130k miles. Recently I've noticed a 'miss" or slight hesitation in the operation of the engine. I notice it usually first thing when I start it in the ...
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Is it better for car's longeviety in cold climate or hot climate

Leaving out performance aspect ( Since cold weather is best for that ) I want to know which is better to maintain a car and its longevity. My arguments for Hot weather: Engine reaches optimum ...
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2009 Sentra CVT Sounds Like a Diesel Truck When Cold

My 2009 Nissan Sentra CVT 2.0l when cold sounds very loud, and similar to a Diesel Engine. The noise gets worst when climbing a steep hill right around the corner that I have to go through when ...
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My car is running very poorly when I start my 1994 Buick Century

My car is running very poorly when I start my 1994 Buick Century for the first time every day. It will stall out especially at a stop, but starts right back up and it stutters. Plus, the service ...
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Second hand car - Engine/Tyres/Etc

I am looking into buying a second hand car from a reputable Mercedes-Benz dealer (not just some dodgy salesman by the side of a road lol....). Anyway, there are a few maintenance/mechanical things ...
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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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Modern cars and diesel warm-up time

First of all let me say that I already read this question and its answer, so it's clear to me why diesel-powered cars need a warm-up time. My question is: do modern cars need it too? I have VW Golf ...
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Honda FIT GP1 HYBRID 2011 knock

in my auto gear honda fit gp1 hybrid car, (mileage 56 000 KM) I had a engine tune up and changed my injectors (8 injectors) last month and after 2 weeks i started getting a slight knock (jerk or ...
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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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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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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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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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Engine revs to 4000 RPM without pressing gas pedal

I tried to start my car today but something strange keeps on happening. It turns on just fine, but once the engine is operating it starts revving to 4000 RPM even though I am not pressing the gas ...
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Lugging vs stalling an engine

Does stalling an engine count as lugging it? I know lugging is not good for the engine for various reasons. Does stalling do those to the engine as well? Thanks
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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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2006 Pontiac g6 rough idle and intermittent spongy brake and starting issue

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 160k on the 3.5 motor. Around 155k the brake pedal went hard and spongy. Also, about 1 in every 40-50 times I start it cold, the starter will turn without a successful ...
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Do Compression Rings and Oil Ring Wear at the Same Rate?

Is it possible that the oil control rings might be worn to the point that you're burning significant amounts of oil, but the compression rings still be good? Or do they typically wear out together ...
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What is a stress riser?

What is a stress riser and why is it important to avoid them during engine construction or rebuild?
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Be van with problem at higher altitudes

2000 euro van engine shuts off when reaching altitude of 9000 feet in mountains. After standing for 20 minutes, it starts. This happened twice but ran well when not in the mountains. Similar to cars ...
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Access to Piaggio MP3 engine

Some help needed here. I ride a Piaggio 250 mp3 scooter. After a few weeks of stalling at traffic lights, it finally refused to start engine at all. I've tried the garage but they didn't repair it ...
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Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos?

Non-interference engine explanation animation/Videos ? I did ask my Toyota dealer about published material on 1999 Camry 2.2 non-interference engine that did not cause piston hitting valves/ valve ...
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2007 Hyosung GT250R not starting, some repairs have been made

Hoping to find some good advice on fixing my (above mentioned) motorcycle. I'll try to keep it brief but with as much details as I can. I had an issue with the bike and it sucked up some varnish from ...
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Gas pedal suddenly not giving power to my car

I have a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer.I was driving about 110 km/hr and then my car started to lose speed. I was pressing on the gas pedal but it was like it lost the ability to work. My battery light and a ...
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Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 oil consumption

3 months ago I bought Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 with 31k miles, next day I went to local garage and changed the oil, filters, etc. I have driven 7k miles since and when driving last week car started ...
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Why do valve lifters get stuck? How come they unstick by themselves?

I've seen this happen on a couple of different engines so far (BMW S62, Mitsubishi 4G63) but am not sure about how commonplace it is. If an engine isn't used for an extended period of time, the ...
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Is cylinder leak down test needed if compression test results are fine?

If I compression test my engine and the results are fine, could there ever be any need to leak-down test it as well? IOW, can a leak down test ever fail if the compression test is fine. RELATED: ...
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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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2006 Infiniti G35 - Blown engine following Kwik Kar engine flush

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy post.) Background 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe, 6-speed manual, 112K miles. I bought the car from a friend when it had about 50k miles. He had the car for the ...
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Are Boxer Engines Easy to Work On? [closed]

How hard are boxer engines to work on and how common are they? Specifically, I'm looking at a Subaru Impreza with a 1.6L EJ16 boxer engine ( which seems to be in very good condition ) and am ...
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What causes too much fuel for my Briggs and Stratton engine?

I recently bought a generator that uses a Briggs and Stratton 17hp Vanguard engine. Before purchasing the generator, it had not ran in several years. The fuel was stale and the oil needed to be ...
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Does using the entire rev range of a car damage it?

On my standard 2000 1.2 Opel Agila, I often have to get to about 5000RPM to join a fast road on a steep (1 in 10) hill, as it is gutless on hills. I have to do this almost every day, and I have ...
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Hard to start in the summer

Dodge Ram 2500 1st start of day, turns over and starts. After extended drive time it becomes harder to start and as day becomes warmer/hotter. Temps are hitting the 90's and 100+ Fahrenheit. Heat ...
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Engine Bogs Down after Cold Start

I drive a 2011 Ford Focus (Petrol, Manual). Lately, I've noticed that when I do a cold start, the engine tends to "bog down" at about 1.5k revs. If the car is moving at the time (i.e. I've already ...
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What to Look for When Buying a Rebuilt Engine

I'm looking at a 98 Mazda 323 1.8L with a rebuilt engine. Basically, a mechanic bought it cheap due to shot rings and rebuilt the engine to sell it at a profit. He said it's the fifth engine he's ...
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Why does an engine's idle RPMs take time to settle from a cold start?

I've noticed my car's (healthy) engine will idle at a slightly higher RPM for a few moments after it's been started from cold/not run for a day. I also noticed that my (somewhat less healthy) other ...
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What exactly is a “burnt valve” and what causes it?

I've come across this term a couple of times in the context of diagnosing engine-related issues, but don't know what it refers to. Here is an example from an automotive forum I frequent: I gotta ...
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Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal [closed]

Engine sounds like it's in 4th gear while it's in 5th gear, the revs stays normal, what could cause that?
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Why my bike shows petrol missing before 2000 RPM in all gears?

I am using Hero Karizma R (225cc, 5 gears). Recently I feel a missing in all gear befor 2000 RPM. Sometimes my bike turn off due to this missing. Usually it happens at 1st/2nd gears. After 2000 RPM ...
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Can an old car engine be used outside of a car?

After selling my car for salvage recently I began to wonder if I could repurpose my next car's engine for anything. Can old car engines be made into generators or other useful machines?
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Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander

Recently bough a Toyota Highlander v6 3.0 4wd, it has an engine knock. I was wondering if I could use a Toyota Camry's engine instead of buying a new one for the Highlander. If I do this, what will be ...
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ECU Diagnostic Port cut off and Check Engine Light disabled

I bought a used 92 Integra ZXi recently. I had starting issues so I took it to a mechanic. He found that the check engine light is disabled and diagnostic port from the ECU has been cut off. A very ...
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2 cycle engine has spark and new carb won't start

I have a 49cc 2cycle engine that I replaced the carb on. It has fresh gas and appears to have a spark. I can't get it to fire even if I put some starter fluid in the air intake. It seems to have ...
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Why does diesel engine have redline much lower than petrol engine redline?

why do diesel cars redline at around 4500 rpm whereas petrol ones around 6500 -8000 rpm? Does this have something to do with the compression ratio?