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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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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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VW 1.4 TSI EA113 Variations

What does VW do to improve HP and Torque from their 1.4 TSI engine? e.g.: CAXA: 90 KW @ 5000 200 NM @ 1500-4000 CAVD 118 KW @ 5800 240 NM @ 1500-4500
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Holden Commodore not moving

I own a petrol powered Holden Commodore car 1998 model and it worked fine till last week. Suddenly it stopped moving freely. When I press the accelerator up to 30% it makes noise but doesn't move. If ...
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What do these lights mean?

When I stop the car (by hitting the brake pedal), the engine all of a sudden stops while on drive. Here are the lights I get: What do they mean? Is it a battery problem?
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Toyota Avensis Intake Manifold Rattle Fix - quesion about gasket

I have a Toyota Avensis which has the intake manifold rattle problem. I asked the dealer for a price on the new part and he quoted me €400. From a breakers yard they are hard to get and the going rate ...
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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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How to get a motor to Top Dead Center

I'm not sure how specific to my car this is or not, so I will include my car information just in case: It's a 1991 Honda CRX, base trim(the motor is the d15b2). On to the question: How do I go about ...
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How often should spark plug wires be replaced?

I last replaced them with the plugs about 4 years/60-70k miles ago. I bought platinum plugs I if I remember correctly, so I still got some life on those. The car (2001 Buick Regal) is still in good ...
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Brake Specific Fuel Consumption of 2-stroke vs 4-stroke

How much fuel do various types of engines burn per power output? I'm especially interested in naturally aspirated piston engines, and comparing two-stroke to four-stroke. The wikipedia article gives ...
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Cold start Squeak noise

I have an 04 Toyota Camry Solara. The car is in very good condition at 165k miles. Although since two winters ago I have noticed only in the cold mornings when I first start the car there is like a ...
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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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How to know if a '97 Ford Escort Engine is Federal Emissions or California Emissions

I did a search on the VIN and the engine type is listed as: 2.0L I4 SPI Can anyone tell if it is California or Federal Emissions? From what I've been told they have completely different intake ...
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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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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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Why there is no injection on 1st and 4th cylinders in Fiat Punto?

I have Fiat Punto 2 1.2 with LPG (sequence, stag 4). There is problem with the injection on the 1st and 4th cylinders. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. 2nd and 3rd work without problems. ...
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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...
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What would cause motor mounts to go out on a factory engine?

I got my factory motor mounts replaced on my 2000 eclipse at 175k miles. I am now at 189k and the mounts blew again. I can hear the same rattling and squeaking. I had the spark plugs and valve cover ...
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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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'93 Ford Ranger 3.0L V6 Engine Only Runs Without Fan

I've recently replaced the belt tension pulley and a little after a week the engine had trouble running. The next day I tried to start it it wouldn't run without constantly pressing on the gas while ...
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Estimate for head removal / reinstall

In changing the spark plugs in my 2000 Ford Mustang GT (4.6L), I sheared one of them (number 3) The ceramic is totally removed, as is the hex nut. The threaded portion as well as the ground electrode ...
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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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why do engines have so much unused horsepower?

I've looked at the power rating of an engine used in a Humvee (5500 lbs) and was surprised it's only ~190 horsepower, which is exceeded by many 4 door sedans. So an obvious question is why doesn't my ...
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How to use BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner?

Recently, after a periodic servicing visit for my car (which has a multi point fuel injection system), the mechanic handed me BG Fuel Injection System Cleaner Part No. 210 and asked me to put it in ...
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Motor will not crank

I cranked my motor up and it was running then it started making a funny sound so i cut it off and tried to crank it up again and it would never crank. What would be the main reason for it not ...
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Should I clean the engine area

Should I clean the engine area to remove years of built up grease and dirt? What are the benefits?
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How should I clean the engine area

What is the best way to clean the engine area at home. I'd like to avoid damaging the electrical system or other components present.
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Vauxhall Repair Center vs Local Mechanic

I'm in a point that I have to decide between: Vauxhall Service Center - that I have never used before Local mechanic - which I have done MOT and service checks before and sounds reasonably ...
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2002 Renault Clio V6 won't start - just turns over

So I'm round my old dears and park on her drive. She needs to move my car (a 2002 Renault Clio V6 3.0) off the drive to get her car out. She gets in, reverses it and stalls it. Starts up again and she ...
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Peugeot 406 won't start in cold weather

I drive a Peugeot 406 2.0 HDI, 2001. This morning it was -13 °C (9 °F) and the engine couldn't start. First two times, I could hear the engine running, but the third time it died and my temporary data ...
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Determining the cause of engine failure in 1999 Ford Escort (NA)

Few months ago our 1999 Escort Wagon (third North American generation, standard 2.0L CVH motor, about 120 000 miles (roughly 200 000 km)) exited the building with a bang. That is, driving down the ...
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Toyota manual transmission problem

I took my 2003 Toyota Matrix in to the dealership for service. It has 105,000 miles - the oxygen sensor needed replacing, but no other issues found. Now I feel as though I need to shift to a higher ...
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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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Does a water leaking make the engine heat faster?

I have a Range Rover classic 1993 which is heating very fast even if I just drive for 10 min, the heat is not rising too much but I used to drive this Range Rover before and especially in winter ...
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Honda Odyssey 2003 makes squeaking noises on cold start

Something squeaks when I start the engine after the car was sitting in garage for the night. Squeaking goes away after 2-3 minutes. Here is a video Car has following replaced a month ago: harmonic ...
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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 ...
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Sputtering while driving & idling

[My car: 2004 Mazda 3] So, my wife came home from running some errands and told me the check-engine light was on and that the car was sputtering and felt like it was going to stall while stopped at ...
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How to properly change out spark plugs?

I am looking into how to change out my spark plugs on my 4 cylinder 2005 Mazda 3. All I know to do is: 1: Open each cylinder. 2: Use a spark plug socket (with the rubber insert) to remove the old ...
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Cleaning fuel injectors with a pressurized can?

I've been experiencing rough idling on my 2003 Mitsubishi Galant for the last year or so. It has 182,000 miles on it. About every 6 months now I use seafoam cleaner in the tank and that clears it up ...
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Engine Code P1312 on 2001 Saab 9-3

I have replaced to brand new spark plugs. After some research, it seems that the problem might be the direct ignition cassette. Could there be other possibilities? Thanks
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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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Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?

I realize this may be a silly question to those of you on here who are proper petrol-heads and this may even be a repeat question, but I could not find anything on it on here, so here goes: What are ...
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94' Dodge Spirit 3.0l v6 Throttle position sensor over 4.96V

I pulled up the codes from my 94 spirit that's been running sluggish and unresponsive lately. I got a 24* Throttle position sensor over 4.96V. I put a new TPS in and I'm still getting this code. Do I ...
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Honda Accord 2004 V6 Australian, Can stopped in the middle of the road

Recently, when I was driving and had to stop at a set of light the car all of a sudden stopped. All the lights on the spedometer came up, but the A/C, radio all was working fine. I turned it off and ...
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Car overheating problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus. Whenever the car is idling the heat gauge goes up at an alarming rate and goes the farthest into the red that it can if left alone. Now if I rev the engine a little the ...
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Why are American cars so inefficient compared to European cars? [closed]

A normal average European car has a diesel motor with less than a 2.0 liter engine which consumes 1 litre of fuel in 18-22 km. A normal American car has a gasoline (benzin) engine at least a 2.5 ...
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Low acceleration

My car WagonR is behaving strange its acceleration is very slow and it feels like lacking in power to pull. What might be the problem. My friend who owns the same model says that he had to press the ...
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Hard Start in cold weather

We have a Ford Escape (2005 V6) with approximately 125k on it. I have done most of the maintenance on it myself since we bought it at 90k and it has overall been a great vehicle. The past two ...
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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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When do engine type and mileage of a car affect pricing?

I'm currently designing a customer relationship management tool for auto shop owners and was wondering: Does engine type or the odometer value of a car ever affect pricing for a customer? What ...