Internal Combustion Engine. Most engines in road going vehicles are 4-cycle internal combustion gasoline engines.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
1answer
99 views

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 ...
14
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

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 ...
20
votes
3answers
32k views

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 / ...
4
votes
2answers
80 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
190 views

How to work on engine out of car?

I'm currently doing an engine swap on on 97 Corolla Levin, need to swap over the exhaust manifold, water pump etc from one engine to the other, but not sure what the best way to handle the engine ...
1
vote
3answers
50 views

03 Pontiac Grand Am will not start. Transmission problems?

I have an 03 Pontiac Grand Am. About 9 months ago I had to put in a new motor, I've also put in a new starter and battery. For the last 5 months my car has not been able to go over 50 mph without my ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Transmission Fluid Pump - 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor P71 CVPI

Hi, I have a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. My car runs in forward and reverse for a short time (30 seconds to 2 minutes) and produces a loud whine noise. I believe this to be the ...
1
vote
3answers
119 views

Timing belt changed, won't start

I just did the timing belt change in a Honda 2007 V6 Accord. I thought I aligned the belt, but I guess I didn't. Now it won't cranks but won't start. How do I fix the timing issue? mark on Crank is ...
13
votes
2answers
178 views

How do I troubleshoot the source of oil in my coolant?

I would like to know the step by step troubleshooting procedure for discovering the source of oil appearing in coolant. There are several different points of failure that can be the root cause for ...
1
vote
1answer
105 views

OIL ON MY ALTERNATOR

My 1996 XH Ford GLI LONREACH UTE with a 4.0 Tickford motor 5 sp man, had a oil leak (oil leak fixed! and I was quite proud of myself) from the rocker cover gasket, resulting in enough oil that would ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

1999 Toyota Tercel shakes when stopped

The car is old, I know, but it only recently started doing that... When it's in park, and the engine is on, there is a non-noticeable shake, but when it's in drive, and I'm stopped at a light the car ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

2003 Ram 1500 4.7 Misfiring Cylinder 3

Would a bad fuel injector cause plug not to fire? Weird voltages at harness for cylinder 3 compared to other cylinders. No spark at plug. Coil and plug new and tested on other cylinders. I am leaning ...
6
votes
4answers
303 views

Do air filters purifty air better with age?

I have been reading in a few places that air filters get better with age, is this true? And how much better? Would it have any effect on quality of the oil or make oil dirty faster? Or is there ...
24
votes
3answers
128k views

What does a water like drop coming out of the exhaust of the car signify?

Sometimes while driving in the traffic, I come across a car or two which would be dripping water-like drop from it's exhaust steadily in a break of 4-5 seconds. I tried to ask a couple of people at ...
9
votes
2answers
578 views

What's the cause of Diesels' typical clatter noise?

I guess it's related to their basically running off knocking, but if I were to explain it to someone like this, it wouldn't convince me neither. [Edit] From ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

What are the problems in building 2 stroke engines with a large displacement?

I understand (from preliminary research) that when engine gets bigger, with a higher displacement that it is practically not possible to have a two stroke engine. What are the implications in ...
16
votes
5answers
3k views

Aluminium engine vs Cast Iron engine

What is the advantage that the aluminium engines provide over the cast iron engine apart from the fact of rusting and weight reduction. Manufacturers like to boast about their all new aluminium ...
6
votes
1answer
128 views

Electric water pump control

Electric fans are now common on cars, both aftermarket and stock. The advantages in horsepower, faster warmup, and hence emissions are well documented elsewhere. The same reasoning can be applied to ...
8
votes
2answers
143 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
201 views

Corsa Sport (2007) low compression cylinders 2 & 4

I have been having trouble with my Corsa. It sometimes just cuts out or does not want to start at random times. I have had the car serviced, I have had the starter motor replaced & am now having ...
4
votes
1answer
42 views

ENG PWR REDUCED 2009 Chevy Cobalt LS

I have a 2009 Chevy Cobalt bought used a year ago from a dealership near me. It has about 81,000 miles on it and just recently started messing up. My coolant temp will start heating up to about ...
6
votes
2answers
231 views

What's involved in getting a piston engine to spin the other way?

I've been thinking about this problem ever since I had to slightly crank my BMW's engine the opposite way to insert a crank-locking pin. What are the fundamental changes required to make an engine ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

Squeaking sound before the engine starts

I just imported an Isuzu Bighorn (1992 model) from a reseller. When I turned the key on the engine only squeaks and squeaks. After several trials the engine struggles and eventually starts. I don't ...
12
votes
3answers
895 views

Cold air intake causing rich condition

This is a follow up question to my initial question which can be found here : LTFT and STFT values are off and don't make sense Car is a 2015 F10 M5 Mods : Cold air intake, aftermarket rear ...
5
votes
1answer
114 views

Honda Shadow VT750 louder exhaust noise, low power

Recently, my motorcycle got smashed by my girlfriend (who was driving behind me) in the rear. As a result of the impact, I got propelled into the rear of the car in front of me. Both fenders are ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

Over heating of my 05 Honda Civic

I first purchased my Civic in Jan of 2015. My first car had terrible over heating problems so I decided to get rid of it for my civic. Turns out, my Civic has the SAME problem. I decided to take it ...
4
votes
2answers
182 views

Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

I have a 1995 Toyota Camry SE that has 195,000+ miles that has started to develop some serious problems. Aside from what I believe to be an issue with the transmission, the car had been running ...
6
votes
1answer
48 views

Oil leakage or normal engine procedures

It was raining yesterday and I noticed the typical rainbow colouring of some of the water around my car. Couldn't tell there and then if it was a car body fluid leak or just the water going trough the ...
2
votes
0answers
16 views

I have oil in the coolant of my Suburban what is the cause? [duplicate]

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with a 350 engine it has oil in the coolant. What is the cause? It has over 200000 miles.
15
votes
1answer
121 views

Dynamometer Question - How is it operated and what are they doing?

When guys are doing dyno runs they to do it in a gear, interact with the keyboard and then do it again in another gear. It seems they do multiple runs in multiple gears. In this post Paulster ...
4
votes
1answer
66 views

Starting Enfield with low/dead battery

My bike has a very low/dead battery and it doesn't start. What I did though was, kick the bike for few minutes and later it started, but when I tried to move the vehicle by putting it in first gear it ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Squeaking under the hood only while throttle is pressed

My 2001 F150 with 255xxx miles has a squeaking under the hood. It is only present while the throttle is pressed while driving. It is loud enough to be heard in the cab, but not over the radio. It ...
2
votes
2answers
58 views

Higher idle RPM on first start at morning

Unlike starting the car in the afternoon, after you've already started it at another time of the day. I understand that the higher RPM can be because of the temperature, however on hot days it's still ...
1
vote
0answers
75 views

After many repairs engine still vibrates (1995 Ford Probe, 4-cylinder, automatic)

If memory serves me correctly, repairs / replacements include: all mounts (engine and transmission), torque converter, entire electrical system, harmonic balancer pulley, various sensors, checked for ...
2
votes
1answer
46 views

High pitch hum/ringing

Ive started to notice that there´s a high pitch hum or ringing (sort of like a high pitch ringing in your ears sometimes) when the engine is running. And when i turn off the engine its like turning ...
3
votes
0answers
71 views

BMW 320D 2011 ED - Engine Malfunction Icon

driving back from work and this warning light came on.. the car wet into limp mode but then was ok after 1 second. No lights on after that! today the same thing happened driving to work came on for 1 ...
5
votes
2answers
109 views

What does NM@rpm mean in car's spec sheet?

I checked my car's specs sheet this morning and in it I noticed: Torque NM@rpm: 145@4600 What does NM@rpm mean?
2
votes
1answer
54 views

No water flow in the radiator - 99 Cadillac STS

What's wrong when water doesn't flow from your radiator. I already put a water pump and a thermostat on putits still running hot. What could be the problem?
3
votes
1answer
67 views

What does BHP@rpm mean?

In my car's specs sheet I noticed: Power (BHP@rpm): 117@6600 What does BHP@rpm mean?
3
votes
1answer
719 views

2000 Grand AM GT engine and electric cut out randomly while driving

My Grand Am is cutting off randomly while driving. I have not been able to purposely reproduce the problem, which makes diagnosis difficult. I am looking for any advice in diagnostics, or parts to ...
7
votes
3answers
161 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

Oxygen sensor malfunction

2005 Toyota Tundra v8 This truck overheats with no radiator fluid loss. Also had power loss. Motor shake. Codes came back with a voltage high/low and both oxygen sensors upstream needed replacement. ...
5
votes
1answer
384 views

Possible cause for piston melt in CNG 6 cylinder?

I don't have engine overheat complaint. There was sufficient engine oil and coolant. Oil pressure also at specified rate? Always I am having this issue on first cylinder at maximum time?
10
votes
4answers
4k views

Why did V4 engines never take off?

I read that Ford Taunus (not to be confused with Taurus, it was a small model for German market) used to be made with a V4 engine but that's about it. How come V4 never became more used in modern ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Toyota camry 2003 , 2azfe - 2.4 L , vibrates at idling & does not accelerate properly

Recently I sent my Camry to the workshop as there was a blown water outlet pipe, and was told that the head gasket was damaged too. These were then replaced, and I took delivery of my car. But my ...
5
votes
3answers
91 views

2005 Dodge Caravan - Erratic Misfire

The engine was misfiring for quite a while. At some point, the battery went dead due to a bad alternator and all the electrical systems went nuts. I replaced the alternator & battery. At some ...
22
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of a Boxer engine?

I know that boxer engines are those which have pistons moving in the opposite direction. Also the fact that since they sit low the center of gravity is lower and causes better handling. Why dont ...
5
votes
2answers
49 views

2004 Dakota problems

I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota 4.7. My truck started to shake going down the road. I heard a pop unsure if it was metal slapping or a backfire. Had it towed home and hooked it up to a computer. The codes ...