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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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What kind of engine oil should one use in a diesel?

I got an 1987 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 2H diesel engine. I never changed oil on a diesel engine prior to this truck, so I'm a little confused. Toyota Factory Shop Manual recommend API CC oil type, ...
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What are all the different types of fluid in a car and a short summary of their use?

A fluid is defined as anything that flows, hence for our purposes a gas or a liquid. I know that there is fuel, engine oil, engine coolant and brake fluid. Also air is normally taken in through a ...
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How do modern engines differ than older ones

Modern engines produce more horsepower with more fuel economy but with the same procedure of burning the fuel air mixture and moving the piston, but the old ones and new ones are both four cylinders ...
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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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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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What is a head?

Due to this question I now have a fairly well-rounded understanding of what a head gasket is. I assumed that sometimes, when people would talk about "heads" that this was just an abbreviation of ...
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Cold start squeaking noise in engine

I just purchased a used 2010 Corolla 3 days ago. I've only now noticed that when I start the car, there is a squeaking sound coming from the engine. It lasts no more than a second. Sounds like it ...
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Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?

I've noticed on my 94 Integra (bought used about 2 weeks ago) that the thermostat is often below cold, sometimes above cold but never up to the center mark. Today I was boiling inside my car as it ...
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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 ...
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What mechanical revolution is measured in “RPM”?

I do realize that it stands for revolutions per minute, but what are the revolving pieces that are measured? Assuming it is the crankshaft, is RPM calculated by the crank shaft sensor, or by some ...
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What should one do to reduce the HP lost at the wheels on an automatic transmission?

I have a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 speed auto. I've done some research about automatic transmissions and manual transmissions and what are the positives and negatives of each. (For example, MT is said ...
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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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Scatter Camshafts - What are they and why do I want one?

It seems in the world on mini's as in Mini Cooper, there is a camshaft called a scatter cam. It changes the timing for cylinders 2 and 3. I've heard of changing the timing to have 1 and 4 firing at ...
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Why do engines run badly below the normal idle speed?

When the engine speed in my petrol car drops below about 650-700 RPM - the normal idle speed - it starts to shake and judder. This could be because say, I didn't give enough gas when pulling away. ...
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Why are V engines less smooth?

I'm learning how to ride a motorcycle on a Suzuki Gladius SFV650, with a V-twin engine. But I also had the chance to ride a Kawasaki ER-5, which has a parallel twin engine (550cc). I've noticed that ...
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Okay to add new oil to old?

Title pretty much explains, I change my oil every 4-6k miles depending on how generous I’m feeling, however will the oil dirty oil that’s already in the sump mix with the clean oil when topping up? ...
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How do old cars actually lose horsepower?

I have heard that when a car gets old it slowly but surely loses its horsepower to some degree. For example, I used to drive a 1997 Ford Fiesta with a 1.25L 1242cc engine that supposedly produces a ...
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2004 Ford Focus engine cover would not budge after all screws are removed

I have a 2004 Ford Focus SE 2.0L. There’s some oil leak on the engine. A mechanic told me it could be the engine valve gasket being cracked (the car is pretty old and never had a valve gasket change). ...
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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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How can head port volume affect the power curve of an engine?

Recently I learned that even more things other than the ones already mentioned here can effect the power curve that is produced by the engine. Here is an example of one. I understand that there are ...
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What actually happens when there is not enough coolant in a car engine?

I know that a lack of engine oil can destroy an engine, so I was curious as to whether it is just as bad to drive a car with a very low engine coolant. What is engine coolant? What exactly are all ...
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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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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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How to flush engine coolant system after oil intrusion

My 02 Buick LeSabre has oil coming from the radiator into the coolant reservoir. Just recently I had a new motor put in to fix the issue. What would be the best/proper way to flush the radiator? It ...
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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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Why do electric motors produce peak torque instantly vs gasoline engines

On a separate forum someone had asked why do electric cars do not have a transmission. The simple answer was that electric cars produce peak torque at any RPM but the gasoline engine needs to rev ...
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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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What are crankshaft bearings and how are they different from camshaft end bearings?

I hope the answer is not too similar to this question. I have a basic understanding of the role a crankshaft plays in the internal combustion engine, which leads me to ask: Crankshaft Bearings ...
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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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How do I remove oil sludge from an installed engine?

What's the preferred, non-chemical/non-additive method for removing oil sludge from an engine that's still installed in the vehicle? I'll have the head and oil pan removed. How do I clean out the ...
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What is a Blower?

I've heard of this component being used on Hot Rods. What is a blower? What does it do? Are there specific requirements for utilizing one? Are there any disadvantages of using a blower?
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What exactly is a head gasket?

From what I have gathered, a "head gasket" is an important part of the engine on most cars, but that is about it. What is a head gasket? Where is a head gasket? Why is it necessary?
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What exactly is meant by “engine coolant”?

I know that engine coolant is a fluid in the engine used to dissipate heat spots and keep the engine cool in general as the moving parts generate heat. In this context, I would call the oil an "engine ...
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Will an old engine have worse fuel efficiency than a new engine?

I have a gasoline-engine car that is four and half years old and has been driven for 60 000 kilometers. I have noticed that the fuel efficiency is not what it was when the car was new. However, I ...
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What is the likelihood that my crankshaft is warped?

This may be an involved question so bear with me. :) I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX (4cyl) with 281xxx KM, and last week I was told by my mechanic that the harmonic balancer is warped. And in fact, ...
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Dirty air filter seal

Whenever I have had work done in the past that I can't perform myself, timing belt etc every garage I have been too has made a real mess with my air filter. When I check the filter there is always ...
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2002 Ford F350 Superduty 7.3L Turbo diesel using a quart of oil every 43 miles

This Diesel engine has been rebuilt and it didn't use any oil till the HPOP went out. I replaced the oil pump and then I noticed my turbo when going up a hill and the Turbo would sound like a sneeze ...
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Car can't start after rocker gasket change

I have a 2008 BMW 120d LCI with N47 engine. Recently was diagnosed with some oil leak on the rocker gasket near the injector area. Were advised to change the rocker gasket seals. So I did change the ...
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Why does an engine's idle RPMs take time to settle from a cold start?

I've noticed my car's (healthy) engine will idle at a slightly higher RPM for a few moments after it's been started from cold/not run for a day. I also noticed that my (somewhat less healthy) other ...
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Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?

I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) that I have been using to drive to work on a daily basis - 10 miles each way a day on a variety of roads - streets, main roads, main roads in traffic, ...
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Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?

Recently when I had some work done I was shown a minor leak, I believe he told me it was the oil pan. It doesn't drip out onto the ground, but if you look closely you can see condensed oil drops on ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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What happens when you run out of fuel?

My question is specific to diesel or gasoline (petrol) engines. Many people told me that it is very bad to run out of diesel since it can damage the engine and it's difficult to re-engage it ...
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My 94 Honda Civic..which is a manual..will crank but not start… but it will clutch off

My 94 Honda Civic..which is a 5 speed manual..will crank but not start..It will clutch off and runs and drives well after that. I have to pump the clutch several times before it will even start to ...
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Proper glow plug operation

Are glow plugs supposed to stay on after the engine has started to help with the firing of the first few revolutions?
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What is this loud semi-regular clicking on a 2001 Honda CR-V?

Due to the nature of my problem I've had little success on Google. I appreciate any help. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V EX with 130000 miles on it and I'm the original owner. The week prior to my ...
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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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Short shifting after full throttle

Other than normal wear and tear, are there any detrimental effects or added harm done to the engine by going full throttle in 1st and/or 2nd gear, then shifting up well before redline (say 4k rpm on a ...
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My engine stalled and wont restart - after downshifting - Automatic Trans [closed]

My engine stalled and wont restart - All I did was downshift... 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. V6 - 3.8 Liter EFI. For some history, a couple days ago I noticed a clicking sound - it ...