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Weird “old”-sounding engine noise. What's the problem?

Hyundai Sonata 2000 150,000 miles I started getting a noise in the engine that I would describe as "light", and "enginey" Here is a video with sound. https://vid.me/9gkr The sound becomes more ...
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What does under-square and over-square mean?

When building an engine, the terms over-square and under-square come up. What do these terms mean? How do they apply to engine building? Which is better for what purpose? Can you give examples ...
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What is regenerative braking and why don't we use it?

I know that many electric cars use regenerative braking to enable the car to become more efficient by converting what would otherwise be lost heat energy in to a more useful, reusable form of energy. ...
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Diesel engine vs petrol engine characteristics [duplicate]

Please explain why Diesel engines (in general): vibrate more. are louder. I understand in principal how both engine types work so feel free to go into technical details. My assumption is that it ...
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Citroen C3 Picasso HDI 1.6 - Oil Consumption Question

I just bought a 1.6 HDI Picasso C3. After driving 1000 km i noticed it consumed about 1/8 of oil on the oil measuring stick. my question is how much liters does the stick measure? is half a stick ...
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Do I need to worry about varying boost pressure when installing an electric supercharger?

Do I require to vary the boost pressure with respect to an increase or decrease of throttle (engine rpm)? *Note: The supercharger is electrically driven (motor) and not by engine crankshaft.
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Chevy sonic 2014 [closed]

I have a Chevy sonic 2014, purchased from B M W about 2 months ago. My car smelled like it was getting warm. Opened the hood brown sludge. Mechanic says it isn't a head gasket and are unable to detect ...
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GDI intake cleaning before or after oil change?

I drive a 2014 Kia Rio 1.6l engine with direct injection. I am at 22000km and considering using this intake cleaning product that gets sprayed into the intake. ...
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VW Golf IV Possible Engine Misfire

I guess I better start with a few details on the car in question: VW Golf IV 20 valve V5 petrol engine (2.3L) ~80k miles on the clock Now the problem, it feels to me as if the car is down on ...
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Supercharger calculations

How to determine safe supercharged pressure and CFM for a motor cycle engine (fuel injected 149cc (9.31 cubic inches) 12.9 bhp?
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Supercharging small engine [duplicate]

How do I determine safe supercharged pressure and cfm for a small engine (149 cc)? Yamaha fz 2.0 (India) 9.31 cubic inches 13.1 PS (12.9 BHp) Fuel injected 18.4 engine cfm
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Old Air Compressor Rebuild (and general piston engines) - Oil On Cylinder Walls?

So I have recently acquired (for free) a circa 1973 Speedaire 20 gallon compressor with no history. After a short while of use the check valve failed and when I removed it I noticed it and the air ...
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Are Oil Puddles in Cylinder Head Normal?

Changing spark plugs and one well was full of oil. I took off the valve cover to replace the gasket and noticed that there was quite a bit of oil puddled in the cylinder head. Is this normal or could ...
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Should I replace piston rings on chevy 350?

I recently acquired a chevy 350 manufactured in 2015 for free because of some crank issues. I'm in the process of rebuilding it and have finished the disassembly of the engine. The engine itself only ...
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P0304 code on PT Cruiser

I have a 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible that's leaking oil in #4 cylinder causing engine light to come on. Now, I have changed valve cover gasket and tube seals, spark plugs and wires and coil, pcv ...
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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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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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engine push rods

I have a Toyota owner Jeep. Had a blown head gasket, most likely cause it got over heated. I removed the head and had machine shop do a valve job and had the head re-surfaced, put together, set the ...
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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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Lean Fuel Code on V10

I have 1999 V10 Ford chassis on a 2000 Coachman motorhome. Engine starts great when cold, runs great, idles great, no skipping, missing, etc. Problem is that after driving more than 30 minutes or so ...
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MG Rover Immobiliser removal

I have a 2003 MG Rover Streetwise, I need to remove or at least completely bypass the OEM Immobiliser. Driver door lock is broken due to attempted theft, so no point trying to enter the code, the key ...
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Will my 2002 Mustang make it from California to Iowa?

I have a great 2002 Mustang automatic 6cyl in great condition, but I am a worrier and want some outside opinions. I am the second owner of the vehicle. Have owned it for 1year, 7 months and I get my ...
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2004 Honda Pilot wont start

I have a 2004 honda Pilot. Ok look carefully it has 510,453 miles on it. It wont start. I had a bad alternator for 2 weeks over charging my battery. I changed it. New spark plugs also. So 2 days ago i ...
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Car stalls/dies suddenly while driving and is not starting again

I own a Indian Make TATA INDICA Ev2 (CR4) Turbo Engine car. I did rebore recently and the mileage was 130,000 KMs. After rebore first service of 3000 km is successfully completed and now I'm facing a ...
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Change in engine oil colour immediately after oil change

I changed the engine oil of my Suzuki Swift VDI at 19,344kms (12020 miles) The car didn't even run 100 feet (about 30m) before I checked the oil again, and it was very black in color and had poor ...
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Vehicle tries to stall when at a stop

Have a 2009 Saturn. Two weeks ago I took it for a basic oil change at the dealership and requested that it be checked out for any other problems but I have noticed that sometimes at a stop light it ...
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Engine jolting and struggle starting

I drive a 2002 VW Polo automatic, and in the last few days it's really been struggling to start when it's cold, and then this morning the car would jolt on acceleration every now and again, when the ...
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Can getting rear ended crack your engine mount?

I was sitting at a dead stop at a traffic light when a pickup truck rear-ended me. I drive a Honda Accord and the bumper withstood the impact pretty well but still needs to be replaced. Immediately ...
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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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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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I have engine oil in my coolant. What might be the reason?

I have purchased a pre-owned car. After the purchase I saw there was engine oil in the coolant reservoir and also the coolant level is going down slightly. Engine is not heating up. What do I do? ...
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Putting a cover on the bike while engine is hot

Is it safe to cover your bike as soon as you shut the enigne after a 20 mile ride? I cover 40 miles daily to and fro for work. I reach home around 11 pm and barely have the patience to climb down from ...
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fuel system problem

I have a 89 camaro I personally don't think it's a fuel pump issue and I recently changed the relay, but whenever I turn the key over sometimes I hear the fuel pump turn on sometimes I don't. Could it ...
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94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

My '94 Jeep seems to want to stall out at red lights and stop signs. It runs fine otherwise. However, upon cranking first thing of the day I have to let it idle for maybe five minutes before driving. ...
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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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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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Diagnosing a rhythmic engine noise

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry with the 2.2l 4 cylinder, 5S-FE engine. The car has 143k miles on it. I currently run 0w40 Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil with the Mobil 1 filter. When I was changing ...
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Civic R18A2 oil consumption

Looks like my Civic burned or lost 2L of oil in the past 6 months, I think that is excessive. At previous oil change garage mechanics advised me to use 5w30 viscosity oil because 0w30 is too thin. I ...
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Rubber gasket maker on rocker cover

After recently taking my car to have a new rocker cover gasket fitted as it was badly leaking I noticed the guy who did it put a ton of gasket maker on the rocker cover when he sealed it, heavens ...
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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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Why do two-stroke engine exhaust pipes look so strange?

Two stroke gasoline engine exhaust pipes are shaped strange. They expand into a wide diameter and then shrink down to a very small diameter where the exhaust gasses emerge into the environment. Why ...
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Is intentional kick-down bad for the engine?

I have a car with automatic gear (Mitsubishi 1600cc, if it matters) and sometimes when I want to gain speed quickly (e.g. when passing a slower car in a two-way road) I do a kick-down. I know it ...
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What is a leak down tester and what can I do with it?

Background There are quite a few head gasket related questions on the site. Coolant or water in the oil, oil in the coolant or water in a radiator, etc. I'm thinking that some instruction on howto ...
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City golf 1.3 overheating badly

I bought a new thermostat and heat gauge switch, however, my car is overheating. Every time I fill it with water, it sucks the water and I have to refill it. When I switch the car off it over heats ...
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My 95 civic lx from hell

I bought a civic from a couple of girls who had previously said that they had a bit of trouble with the car overheating, but it never broke down on them. It had 120k miles on it and they were asking ...
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Car crash: when does a car catch fire?

Which kind of crash does it need for a car to catch fire? I'm asking because I was discussing about an accident where a car crashed into a full-grown brown bear. Is it realistic under normal ...
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What does it mean when soot is coming out of my exhaust?

I have a 2001 Jetta Wagon (Golf Variant is caller in my country). Petrol engine. Usually rides school and back (15 miles) with engine between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Just did a 300 mile trip at ...
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How good is auto engine start stop feature? [closed]

Some new car models feature this auto engine stop when the car is in complete stop while you foot is on the pedal and auto restart the engine once you release it. Is this "feature" any good? I think ...
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Is starting your car with the A/C on bad?

I was always yelled at by my father when I was first starting to drive when I left the A/C on when I turned off the car, and then later turned it back on, with the reasoning that I was ruining / ...
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any downsides to early spark plug changes?

Are there any downsides to early spark plug changes? some say 10k 15k etc and some do it as early as 5k =S but would it be okay to get into the habit of changing them after each oil change (6k) miles ...