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Engine repeatedly dies at shorter and shorter intervals this cold morning, finally won't start

I have Pontiac Grand Am 2004. It's been needing some regular maintenance, but other than that runs mostly fine. When I went out to start it this morning, it started fine. I went to start brushing snow ...
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Would a snapped valve necessarily seize the engine?

Long story short, after a brief near-redline excursion (a long tunnel and open windows may have been involved), and about 10 minutes of gradually loudening TAK-TAK-TAK-TAK that couldn't be drowned out ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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Should bore my cylinder or just hone them?

I'm in the process of rebuilding the 5.4L engine out of my 1999 Ford F250. I'm going to replace the pistons (and rings) because the black (teflon?) coating on the piston skirts is worn off and there ...
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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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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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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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Do fast cars need to occasionally be driven fast?

In the broad spectrum of cars, there's higher end models with sport-focused engines. Examples would be an BMW M3, and even more so Ferraris and Koenigseggs etc. Apparently they're more fussy, in that ...
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Ford Taurus common oil leak area?

On my last oil change, the technician noted some oil around top and side of the engine block and said there is a small leak. The only way to find where it is coming from is doing the whole dye test, ...
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Do you need charged battery for car to Idle

I am planning to acquire a 2001 Mitsubishi lancer 1.5 the car runs perfect but the it has an almost flat battery, even the horn doesn't work unless driven around.(No starting Problem though weirdly) ...
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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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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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Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?

Purchased a honda Fit seeing their reasonable price and good engine power. However I have a lag between me pushing the pedal and the engine responding. I constantly have to downshift to get any power ...
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Blue smoke on engine start

I got my 2002 Camry when it had 86K and now it has 97K on it. In the morning when I start the engine, I see blue-ish smoke coming out of the exhaust for a while. I don't know if I had it before, but ...
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How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?

It's now properly winter over here in Australia, and the butt dyno is very favourable of the cold, dry air. It's like a free cold air intake for everyone, right?? I can think of two scientific ...
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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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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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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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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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Effects of leaky exhaust valves

While rebuilding my valves, I noticed that 4 out of 6 exhaust valves on one side of the V6 engine were leaking after lapping and I had to relap them. I determined that by doing a water test. I am ...
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Importance of engine compression ratio

Please explain the importance of Engine Compression Ratio. In Text books I could find the following importances Engine Cold starting Characteristics Torque Generated Fuel Consumption Noise ...
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Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away

I have an Australia-built Ford Falcon which has a 4.0L multi-point fuel injected straight 6 and is manual. I rebuilt the head in the car myself last year (blown head gasket) and it has been running ...
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Forced induction and engine braking

So does forced induction negate the effect of engine braking on compression motors? For example, going down an incline, drop into 3rd (automatic) to get some engine braking going. With my new Chevy ...
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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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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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Royal Enfield Classic 350 - Motor Break-in Best Practice

How many km's should be driven with a lower speed to setup the bore for a Royal Enfield Classic 350, what is the minimum speed for that duration and how many km's should we maintain that lower speed?
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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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Troubleshooting a Misfire

Car: 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan In the past few days I started to feel the engine stumble. Yesterday the engine light came on and the error was a that cylinder 4 was a misfire (there was also a ...
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Can I use a CNC machine or waterjet to make an adapter plate to adapt a 5 speed transmission to a rare, obsolete engine?

I am the sad, proud owner of a Nissan SD33T (Diesel), mated to a 4 speed T-19. The power this engine outputs (101HP, 160#/TQ stock) means it struggles on the highway, and I don't want to sacrifice my ...
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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 ...
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2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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When I remove a spark plug is it bad news if dirt or grime falls into the engine

Despite my best effort to clean up a corroded spark plug and blowing the area with an airline before removing would it be bad news if dirt or grime falls into the engine in the process of removing it? ...
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High-pitched squealing coming from engine

I Have a Datsun Safari 1983 2,8L petrol. Recently I was driving off road with it and the next morning the fan belt was making this squealing noise. So I adjust it and all was well. 300km later a new ...
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09 Camry engine rumbles

This is a pretty straight forward question, but I have an 09 Camry 5-speed manual. It only has about 25k miles on it and has been regularly serviced. However, as of late I've noticed that when I ...
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Car Stalls When Coming to a Stop

Make: Chevy Model: Cavalier (4 cyl.) Automatic Year: 1993 Miles: 230K Normally my Cavalier drives just fine without problems. However, if I drive for 45+ minutes then it will sputter and stall out ...
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Engine stalls in hot weather

I have this strange problem with my Nissan Sentra 2002(80K miles). When it is about 90 deg F outside and driven more than about 10 miles the engine seems to miss badly(like for e.g. when you run out ...
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does a car normally continue moving at a constant speed when in gear and the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal?

I remember when driving a passenger car, when I took my foot off the accelerator pedal completely, but remained in gear, the car would normally continue to move at some low speed, different for each ...
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Are there varying degrees of engine misfire?

My fault codes indicate engine misfires on 2 (of 6) cylinders but I don't hear or feel any problems at all in the engine or exhaust. When I've observed engine misfires before, it was pretty obvious. ...
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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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BMW e36 320i motor looses power significantly out of a sudden

I have a 1992 BMW e36 320i, when i start in the morning, or in cold weather, the cars functions normally and has a lot of power. However, after a little, or when the weather is hot, the car ...
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Slower Engine Start When “Cold”

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX (4 Cyl Automatic, 5-speed transmission, Regular Gasoline). I get it serviced regularly and it has around 28k miles. The engine light has never come on. I am noticing this ...
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Grinding Sound at Specific RPM/Speed

I have a 2011 Ram 1500. For about a month I thought I was hearing a clunk between 2nd and 3rd gear. I finally decided to listen carefully by turning my radio off. I now certainly notice it, but it is ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant

Recently my car started chugging and "vibrating" at low speeds, and the check engine light is flashing on and off. On inspection, I found oil in the coolant. I don't know a lot about cars, but a ...
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Car runs uneven and jerky, but why? (Mazda 626)

I have a Mazda 626 (sedan) -97 and lately its been running uneven and jerky. Have had in in for repairs and changed battery, oil+filter and spark plugs. Still had problems and tried to use a engine ...
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What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?

I start my 2003 Honda Civic each morning and drive to work. A few hundred feet down the road, the engine will sometimes behave as though it is running out of gas and lose power momentarily. It ...
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engine underpowered in idle - what can be done to improve a diesel engine power at low RPM just a bit?

There is an engine which is a bit underpowered when idling, it can not even keep the car moving on a flat road when in gear and idling at 700..800 RPM - see link. What can be done to improve its ...
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Overheating & boiling in the overflow tank

I have had the gases checked in my overflow tank (which boils short distances) and also over heats. Two different mechanics tested the gases and said it's not the head gasket but yet it still boils ...
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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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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 ...