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High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level

The symptom: while accelerating, at a very particular throttle level/pedal angle my engine recently started whistling in a very high pitch. If I let go of the gas or push it in more the sound goes ...
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'98 Camry has occasional rough running / low speed idle problem

My '98 Camry (with the four-cylinder engine) usually starts, idles and drives like a dream. About a year ago I had the entire exhaust system replaced (including cat) due to corrosion. Since then it's ...
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Misfiring Engine Hyundai Accent Executive

My Hyundai Accent Executive is 2001 model. Recently the engine started misfiring badly during idling with Air conditioner on. It is almost like the engine is going to turn off any moment. The ...
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2006 Audi A4 2.0T, No passing power

I have a 2006 Audi A4 2.0T Turbo Tiptronic Automatic that has no passing power. When I step on the accelerator the car will shift down into a lower gear, rev about 3500 RPMs but will not shift up ...
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How to clean the MAF sensor on a 1997 Nissan Altima?

I have a 1997 Nissan Altima sedan. I’ve been told the issues I’m having with my car is from the mass air flow sensor. I was wondering how to clean/repair this sensor and contact points the best? What ...
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Oil pressure decresases when I step on the gas

I have a 1982 Mercedes W123 with a 2L gas engine. I have noticed some weirdness with the oil pressure and want to know if this is an indication of a problem. Let's say I am driving at 60km/h and the ...
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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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What happens to a car engine when giving max throttle while not in gear

I was driving (well standing still actually) during rush hour, and I was suddenly wondering what would happen to a car engine when I would push the accelerator pedal all the way down while the engine ...
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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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Top Dead Centre

I replaced a cylinder head gasket on my 1993 Holden Apollo (Same engine as the toyota camry 5S-FE). However when I went to get TDC I think I may have forgotten to put the car in Neutral. Could this ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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What exactly is Honda's i-VTEC technology

I see that almost all of Honda's cars have an "i-VTEC" logo at the back. I googled it and came to know that it has something to do with different cam profiles. Can someone explain? A diagram or ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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Which engine part is this?

I own a speedboat that is powered by a 5 liter V8 Mercruiser with 200bhp. Yesterday when trying it out for the 1st time this season, 2 things happened: 1 - the boat was always trying to turn left ...
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Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control

Why is Diesel Engine called as Quality Controlled and Petrol called as Quantity Control. As far as I understand, In Diesel Engine the right amount of Diesel for the right amount of Compressed air ...
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Loose wires in 1993 5.0 V8 F150 Engine

I have acquired this very used truck. It seemed to be able to run (albeit by burning transmission and coolant, but that's a different thread) but I wanted to ask if anyone could ID these wires? I ...
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I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?

I have Honda Dio 2015 Model. Yesterday, I kept the Choke ON while riding. I wanted to know what are the damages it probably causes to the engine? Does it have any after effects on the engine?
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do all quattros have shafts connecting front and rear axles

I have recently purchased a 2009 Audi A5 Quattro, and in looking underneath the car there does seem to be a place for a shaft to connect the front axle to the rear axle (which you would expect) but ...
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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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What kind of gasoline additives will help maintain the engine efficiency/life?

Aside from the traditional maintenance of oil changes, and keeping fluid levels correct - what else will help prolong the engine's life? I recall a few years back gasoline additives were the thing to ...
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Motorcycle popping on acceleration

I have a 1975 Honda XL250 that I bought earlier this summer. Up until recently its been running great. It was leaking a little gas, but nothing too serious. When it started to get worse, I opened up ...
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2003 F150 5.4L V8 Long Term Fuel Trim High Bank 2

I am currently chasing a lean condition in my Ford F150. My fuel trims were reading high on one bank (bank 2) and I am curious when I find the vacuum leak or whatever is causing the high readings, how ...
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Can I use high temp RTV instead of a gasket?

I read somewhere that I can use RTV silicone instead of a regular rubber gasket as an engine seal. Is this feasible?
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Why does a car's engine vibrate at start, despite the circular geometry of its component's dynamics

If a well balanced system starts moving, it should not vibrate ! Or if it does, it should vibrate even more at high speeds ! But a car clearly vibrates hard during the startup, to then stabilize.
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2001 Audi A4 corroded part… What is it?

I noticed under my hood that a piece looks corroded through. My car hasn't given any warnings or check engine lights and no liquid is coming through. No one I ask knows what it is. Please help! ...
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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Dying car, at random intervals

So my 1996 Jaguar XJR is just stopping at random. It happens when the car is doing low RPM, like when I am coming/stading at a stop light. Any ideas on where to start to troubleshoot this problem? ...
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Reaching top speeds to maintain engine tuned

I live in Central America. Driving is different than in 'Western' countries. Roads are often in bad shape, and it is very common to encounter people / cows / carts / painfully slow cars on the ...
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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 is it not good to stall a cold engine

I've always known that you cannot stall (regular turn off by turning key (i'm not sure how that's called in english)) an engine if it is not yet reached it's work temperature. For example, if i go to ...
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Two-stroke dirt bike piston running into spark plug

Recently, I submitted a post on here regarding a broken ground electrode on the spark plug of my 2005 Suzuki RM125: Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine Well, I found out what ...
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Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?

We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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Maxima (2002) MAF Sensor Failures

I have a 2002 Nissan Maxima that I've owned since 2003. I'm now on my sixth Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. What seems to wipe them out is hard acceleration (3/4 throttle - not so extreme as to induce ...
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Is there a place where I can buy new stock GM Engines?

I am looking into a new project, and one idea that was tossed around is to replace the motor on the truck with a FlexFuel model. I looked around and see gmperformanceparts website, but they don't have ...
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How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?

I have a Skoda Octavia 5 1.6 MPI and I want to make a good cheap safe tuning that will increase the cars performance above 100 hp it already has. How can I do that?
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Is short drive trip bad for your engine?

My wife's car often uses to drive to a nearby grocery store, which is too close to our house (about 2 miles). Some one told me that I should change the engine oil more often because engine is working ...
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BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing

I have a problem with my car. My car: BMW 330D, 135kw, 2001 year, E46. A week ago my turbo charger got broken when I was driving. There was a lot of white smoke going out of exhaust and there was ...
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How is the clanging sound produced in the engine?

Imagine riding your motor bike from plain ground to an uphill path, initially it climbs the road in top gear. Then gradually the bike begins to slow down and the sound from the 100cc petrol engine ...
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Engine Heat Indicator effects

I'm curious about the head indicator on my car. After driving more than 5 minutes it levels out pretty much half way between the 60 and 120 degree mark. My first question is: is the mid point at 90 ...
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Engine sputtering, not accelerating. Left for 20 mins and is now fine?

The car is a Mk1 Golf (1993, 1.8lt, mechanical injection). I was driving up a medium incline and suddenly my car starting sputtering and I lost acceleration. I pulled over and started the engine ...
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Going more than recommended Speed in Break-in Period

I have a new Yamaha motorbike. Seller told me not to ride speed more than 50 Kmph for first 1000KM but I rode it 60 for 10 - 15 minutes due to some reason. How does it affect to my Motorbike ?.
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Where can I buy the 2005 Mazda 3s 2.3L oxygen sensor plug?

I bought an oxygen sensor with the wrong plug. I wonder were could I buy a plug like the one on my car in order to connect the oxygen sensor properly? This is an image of the plug on my car. Does ...
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What are those big plates on both sides of the steam engine?

I would like to know what are those two big plates on both sides of this engine:
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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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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and since I bought the thing, the front suspension makes this horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. I don't know how to describe the noise other than it only ...
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What is the potential damage of a temporarily partially submerged front end?

I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra (base model, FWD, 1.8L 4-cyl engine) and I took some bad advice from the Maps app on my iPhone and I ended up driving on a very, very bad road. At one point, I drove into a ...
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What is a gasket head kit?

I am looking at buying a used car, many listed have had "gasket head kit" installed? What is a gasket head kit? Should i be wary about buying a car with one installed? Will the "gasket head kit" ...