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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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Merits and demerits of OHV vs OHC

Can anybody tell me about the merits and demerits of OHV (overhead valve) vs OHC (overhead camshaft)? Some experts say that an OHC engine will run faster than OHV engine. Why is this?
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Why do Formula 1 cars use engines with many volumetrically small cylinders?

What's the benefit to Formula 1 using engines like a 3.0L V8 or a 2.4L V8? I read this Reddit discussion on why it's not practical to put small many-cylindered engines into production cars. Cost ...
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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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Is there a difference in cars manufactured for hot or cold climates?

I have one very interesting question. I would like to purchase new Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.6 2015-2016. I found new car in official dealer store. But there is one problem - These cars were constructed ...
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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 are Performance Camshafts?

I read the following question recently: What is it about performance cams that make engines produce more power when they are installed? I know there are a few components for cars that have "cam" ...
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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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What exactly is a “knurled piston”?

Recently I came across the term "knurled piston" and I don't know what it means. What is a knurled piston? What is the difference between that and a normal piston? Why should you use a knurled ...
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My feet turn black

I left the pedicure salon, started my car and drove less than 3 miles to pick up something from the store, when I stepped out of my car my feet were black... and I don't meant just from dirt, It ...
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Follow up question on spark plug heat range

@vini_i gave a great answer to my previous question here (What is spark plug heat range) Part of that answer is that the reason for spark plugs having different heat ranges is that if it runs to ...
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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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Who came up with “suck, squeeze, bang, blow”?

A popular explanation of how a four stroke engine works is Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. The engine sucks in a mixture of fuel and air, then squeezes it together (compresses it), then it burns / ...
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What are the various kinds of tappets / lifters and the advantages / disadvantages of each

A previous question about tappets found here: What are Tappets? covers the basics of tappets. If we go the next step, here are my questions: What are the various kinds of tappets / lifters? What ...
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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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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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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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R32 Skyline GT-R low power

EDIT: Added info from comments to bottom of question. My friend recently imported a right-hand drive 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) with the RB26TT motor into the states. It's beautiful, and I'm ...
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Wankel Engines - Port Tuning

Port Tuning Wankel Engines In many ways, a wankel engine is like a two-stroke engine. You can open up the ports to change the timing regarding exhaust and intake. I've ground many an intake, ...
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Is it right to say that VTEC is solely by Honda?

I have an i-VTEC engine, which Honda claims to be a better and computerized version of their famous VTEC Engine. Now I am wondering: Is it right to tell people that only HONDA has VTEC? or is this ...
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Why can some cars go through water while others can't?

Why can some cars (mostly old Russian cars on YouTube) seemingly go through water while others can't? I'm talking about situations when the water level is at half the height of the car, so the engine ...
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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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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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Engine Size and Fuel Consumption

I have this weird misconception that the engine size is related to the amount of fuel being burned in one cycle(4-stroke engine). I know this is stupid but how does engine size relate to the amount of ...
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2015 Honda Fit iVTEC - Shifted into 2nd Gear at Highway Speeds

I was just driving on the highway and went to pass someone uphill, so I went to put it into 4th gear (from 5th or 6th). I somehow made the mistake of putting it into 2nd and the engine screamed and ...
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Why is the effect of a bad fuel pump more noticable at higher speeds?

I get that the main effect of a bad fuel pump is that the engine will cut out at higher speeds, and that this is often not easily noticeable until that happens because there are little or no prior ...
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What's gonna happen if I disconnect 'single piston'

I saw similar topics but that did not explain my things... As we can see 4 stroke engine with 4 pistons Is there any chance (only for test) to 'switch-off' two pistons? For this example I'm talking ...
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How to test if oil is leaking into combustion chambers?

How can I test whether oil is leaking into cylinder combustion chambers and getting burnt in case of oil level loss? As opposed to, for example, leaking through the oil pan or the timing chain cover.
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BSFC (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption) - How is this a beneficial measurement?

Brake Specific Fuel Consumption or BSFC Measuring various attributes of an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and how it performs certainly gives a greater understanding of how a particular ICE ...
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Where can I get help finding my way around the engine of my specific model of car?

After a bit of intensive study I've learned the ins and outs of how a car works, the majority of it. Not well enough to stop needing a mechanic, but well enough to understand what every component does,...
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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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Car won't start, possibly due to ants in batteries

Yesterday there were a ton of ants crawling out of some hole in my backseat. I sprayed the shit out of them. This morning, when I try to start the ignition, my engine clicks a lot but won't turn ...
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Natural Gas Engines - What are these things?

Someone I knew when I was younger converted a car to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) because CNG was extremely cheap in comparison to petrol or diesel. How can cars be converted to run on CNG and ...
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What do the terms “combined port” & “direct injection” mean?

I heard these terms recently as part of the description of a new car. I know that there are intake and exhaust valves in the engine that are controlled by cams on the camshaft (if that helps you ...
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What prevents engine oil from mixing with petrol in motor bikes?

Engine oil is used in the lubrication process, at the same place petrol is also there. What prevents engine oil mixing with petrol in motor bikes?
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Preventing debris from falling in engine while changing valve cover gasket

I am about to change the valve cover gasket on a 2002 Ford Focus SE Wagon with the DOHC Zetec engine. I have never done this kind of thing before, and although it seems simple, I am concerned after ...
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Why don't all diesel engines have throttle plates?

I learned recently that many older and some newer diesels don't have throttle plates to control airflow. I was also quite shocked to learn about a condition called diesel engine runaway. Apparently ...
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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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My BMW 325xi smells like gas

It is difficult to start my BMW it runs rough and smells like raw gas from the exhaust pipe. My check engine light is on. What could be the problem? I just had the engine replaced I am over 8,000 ...
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How does Valve Overlap affect emissions?

In this question, it is suggested that valve overlap can affect emissions. In what way can valve overlap affect emissions?
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How to use an engine stand

This is one thing which I have asked many times on a car forum and never received a satisfactory response for. I know that the engine block is somehow bolted onto an engine stand like the one ...
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Should I run my generator dry in preparation for storage?

I think this is on-topic after reading the FAQ, so I figured I'd go ahead and ask. I gave my gas generator its scheduled 3-month interval "workout" last night, and after letting it run for about 30 ...
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What do these compression figures mean

This is a follow up question to What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. After ...
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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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Does free revving a diesel engine to 4000 rpm (1.6 crdi- hyundai) cause any damage?

It's a Hyundai CRETA/ ix25 model... clocked 1800kms on the odometer, diesel spec engine 1.6 crdi unit, manual transmission! It has redline at about 4800rpm in the tachometer. When i took it for ...
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Is the unreliability of the 400 Small Block Chev an Urban Myth?

The Gen 1 Small Block Chev gradually grew to 400cid. To achieve this massive volume the bores were siamesed and the conrods were shortened.The engine when produced in passenger car form had the same ...
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How often do you need to run a car?

I have a car that is garaged and not used much. How often should I take it out for a drive and for how long each time? I currently get it serviced every 10,000 KM.