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What is meant by degreeing a cam?

In the hot rodding world, "degreeing the cam" is an often used term when installing an aftermarket camshaft. What does the term mean, what does it do for you, why should you do it, and what are the ...
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What is the efficiency delta between rotary and modern four-stroke engines

Background There is a lot of opinion out there regarding the efficiency delta between wankel rotary engines and four stroke engines of various configurations (forced induction, etc). This delta, ...
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Can you run an engine without a radiator?

I've heard of people starting engines in a build without a Radiator hooked up, to see if it fires. If you have an old engine and want to see if it will run: Can it be started without a radiator? ...
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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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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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How would I go about becoming a mechanic?

So, for the most part, I know how an engine works. I understand how a car converts liquid fuel to physical power, and most of the concepts behind the operation of a vehicle. Recently, i've begun to ...
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Do I need to torque my spark plugs?

I have never torqued them before on several vehicles that I do tune ups on. I just apply a bit of anti-seize lube and get them "snug" and everything seems to work fine. Should I be using a torque ...
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Location of exhaust manifold

In four cylinder engines, why are some cars designed with the exhaust manifold towards the front of the car while other cars have it towards the back? Is there any advantage in one design over the ...
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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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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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How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?

In general, how much power (HP) to the components on the the engine belt actually use? I'm trying to come up with an estimate of how much horsepower an engine wastes on things like the AC compressor, ...
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How does intake manifold runner length effect the power curve of a car?

Recently I learned that a number of things such as the cam profile, compression ratio and the intake manifold runner length and volume can all effect the power curve of the engine. Here is an ...
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What does a flywheel do and what is it connected to?

I understand roughly how an engine works and that there is a crankshaft which is able to turn the flywheel using internal combustion. I have just realised that I have got absolutely no idea how the ...
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Coolant Reservoir

Two questions, One, is there any reason why some coolant bottles are shaped in this way? Two, if this coolant bottle was placed on its side such as in the image below for example would coolant ...
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How do I get more power out of a rotary engine?

Background I'm looking at a few cars for a track day car that I can abuse. One of the vehicles I'm considering is an older Mazda RX7. The primary reasons being that it has a rotary engine as well ...
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What Can I Learn From Exhaust Manifold Temps?

I was wondering what I can learn from the temperatures on the individual exhaust pipes coming out of each cylinder. The question is general, and my specific example is on my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L. Last ...
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Brake Specific Fuel Consumption of 2-stroke vs 4-stroke

How much fuel do various types of engines burn per power output? I'm especially interested in naturally aspirated piston engines, and comparing two-stroke to four-stroke. The wikipedia article gives ...
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2000 Jetta runs rough, shutters on cold start only on wet days.

This is an issue I've had off and on for, embarrassingly, at least a year: On misty or wet mornings, everything starts out fine but, a few minutes into the drive (like clockwork. I even know the ...
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Formula 1 valve trains

There was a statement in a post regarding Formula 1 valve trains being pneumatic or magnetic. Are there valve trains driven magnetically or pneumatically that are on the market? When did they start ...
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How to Remove Core Plugs? (aka Freeze Plugs)

I have been removing core plugs from an engine I'm rebuilding with varying levels of violence. The engine block is aluminium and I'd like to reduce the chance of of me damaging it. How do I remove ...
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Why did V4 engines never take off?

I read that Ford Taunus (not to be confused with Taurus, it was a small model for German market) used to be made with a V4 engine but that's about it. How come V4 never became more used in modern ...
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What is the purpose of plastic engine covers?

I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. What is the purpose of the large plastic cover that stretches over my valve cover? Does it have a particular function? Are they just for looks? Or are they designed by ...
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What colour should power steering fluid be?

Recently started shopping for first car, so want to know as much as possible when going into a sale. Car I looked at recently has a brown dirty colour in the power steering reservoir, but the stuff ...
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Why does a diesel sound like that?

My car is in the shop for a repair, and they gave me a loaner. It's a Chevy Cruze Diesel. Sitting on the driveway, my wife said, "It sounds like a truck". It does. So what exactly it is about ...
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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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Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?

I have a 2000 Chrysler Neon which generally runs well. I have noticed that if I start the vehicle, turn the AC on and reverse out of the driveway, the engine seems to struggle/sounds like it is going ...
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What are common cold weather starting issues with cars?

Based upon the current weather in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, I would imagine there are some people suffering from all manner of cold related vehicle issues. What are some of the leading issues ...
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What is a 6 Pack and will it add performance to my engine?

What is a 6 pack in the hotrodding world? Does it improve performance of my engine?
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Put Stop leak into engine. Can I reverse the process?

I accidently poured Barsleaks stop leak for the radiator into the engine oil compartment. Is there any way I can reverse the process? The stuff is hardening already. This a 2004 Volvo S80.
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Looking for suggestions about what to try and fix on my tecumseh snow blower engine that stalls after you stop putting load on it

I have a troy bilt snow blower with a tecumseh engine and it starts great and runs great. Most of the time, anyway. It will scoop up snow and throw it just fine, and then for no obvious reason it ...
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Car Suddenly Decides To Not Crank

Today I turned the key to start up my car and all the lights (headlights and instrument panel) came on bright and normal, but the engine made absolutely no sound. It wouldn't start, it didn't even try ...
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How do I go about replacing the head gaskets in my Dodge truck?

It's a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie SLT, automatic transmission, 5.9l magnum engine, and crew cab (222k mi). It seems to have some head gasket leaks, as there is some coolant burning. I have only ...
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Can you stop fuel delivery to one cylinder of a 2003 Ford F150 with 5.4L Triton Engine?

Can you disconnect a wire so gas will not pump into the cylinder? I have a spark plug blown out and need to get my 2003 F150 5.4 Trition engine home without paying another tow charge.
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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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Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?

I was recommended to get a fuel induction service for a 2002 V4 Camry, and am considering doing it MYSELF. The reasons for considering this are: My car idles a bit rough, especially when the AC is ...
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Does stalling damage my car?

I sometimes stall my car, as I have a new one and the biting point is so high. Anyway, someone told me stalling damages my car, but all it does is force the engine to a stop... Does constant ...
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What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA)?

What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA) and how is it used in camshaft design? How is it measured? What difference does a long or short LSA make?
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Computing Wheel Torque From Engine Torque

It seems possible to obtain engine torque and RPM from a truck CAN bus. I'd like to estimate tractive force at the wheels given these two values. How should I go about computing torque at the wheels? ...
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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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What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as to ...
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Why does my RPM drop when sitting idle at traffic lights?

While I'm sitting idle at traffic lights I put the car into neutral. The engine stays idling at about 1000 RPM. However every now and then it drops down to about 500 RPM and then quickly back up to ...
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1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself

Several things have happened in the past couple days and I would like to know what could possibly be wrong before I take it all apart. Engine dies after letting off the throttle while on the road. ...
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Fiat Punto Wont Start. Fuel Light & Three warning lights flashing

My Fiat Punto 1.2 Year 2000 MK2 (I believe) will not start. The engine turns over but the car won't start. The fuel light is flashing and petrol gauge says empty which isn't the case. There are three ...
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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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why do engines have so much unused horsepower?

I've looked at the power rating of an engine used in a Humvee (5500 lbs) and was surprised it's only ~190 horsepower, which is exceeded by many 4 door sedans. So an obvious question is why doesn't my ...
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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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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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Two-Stroke Diesel Engine - Do they use forced induction on them?

As I have indicated before, I'm very diesel ignorant. I just know the basics, very basics. In a two-stroke diesel engine using forced induction seems necessary but at the same time I see challenges. ...
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Is engine braking harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear? My wife and I have a disagreement about a practice of mine--engine braking. When I'm driving her manual ...
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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 ...