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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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Warm fuel injected engine stutters when accelerating

I have a 1994 Honda Concerto 1.5l gasoline car, fuel injected. When the engine is cold there are no accleration problems. But once it warms up it stutters if I step hard on the gas. When it does ...
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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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Loss of engine power when using headlights

i have a nissan march 2003 (K12). when i turn on the headlights, it loose its engine power. alternator and battery are ok. anybody knows what would be the cause? thank you in advance. additional ...
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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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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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Fast idle when engine is hot

I have a 2001 Buick Century. Lately, after driving around long enough for the engine to get hot, the idle speed will sometimes race. The car will want to surge forward even when I'm not giving it ...
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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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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 ...
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Strange surging and like it's going to stall, hesitant whilst idling

I have been having an issue with my Peugeot 207 (2008 model) 1.6L VTI petrol engine. The cam cover was replaced by the garage but hasn't fixed the problem. I have lost faith in them. I managed to ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Why would I paint my car engine?

I've been watching Pete's Garage on YouTube and the guy is absolutely amazing and very enlightening on the subject. He has at least one video on engine painting but he mentions it in a number of ...
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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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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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Is it bad to drive slow at low rpms in 4th or 5th gear? Do you get better gas mileage?

Obviously running your engine at too high an RPM for too long isn't good. But what about running it too low? not so low that it stalls or lugs, but within around 1,000 RPM? Would you get better ...
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What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never chokes....
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Cheap vs Expensive Fuels [closed]

What is the difference between the cheapest fuels in a place like Tesco's and the 'high quality', highly priced competitors? Is there actually any noticeable difference in available power, engine ...
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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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How does cold, dry weather affect horsepower?

It's now properly winter over here in Australia, and the butt dyno is very favourable of the cold, dry air. It's like a free cold air intake for everyone, right?? I can think of two scientific ...
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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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Engine temperature range?

Our 'new' ('07) Cobalt has a digital temp readout. Temperature varies substantially, depending on driving conditions - I've seen it as high as 210(F) on city streets, on a not-very-warm day. Our old ...
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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 ...
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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 is an inverted triangle piston skirt?

The recently launched Suzuki GSXR150 boasts an inverted triangle piston skirt. From what I have been told, it seems to be MotoGP technology which has been stripped down to suit a 150cc bike. Kindly ...
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Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?

At the advice of someone at a local auto parts shop, I poured a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into my gas tank. This happened around the same time that I had a brake job done and rotated my tires. ...
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What is spark plug heat range

I was watching a show and their project was adding a bolt on turbo kit. In the process they mentioned that they needed a colder spark plug. What does a hot or cold spark plug mean? What changes ...
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Steam Engines - What are these things?

I know that steam engines are considered to be old fashioned, impractical and rarely used. Why are they considered impractical therefore rarely used? How exactly might a steam engine work to power a ...
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After Replacing EGR valve and tube: repeat of code P0401 for 98 Accord V6

About 13 months and 7500 miles ago, my mechanic replaced the EGR Valve and Tube and cleaned the intake to solve the low airflow problem. Now I'm again getting an insufficient flow warning with my ...
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Why are most engines made with even numbers of cylinders?

Why are most engines made with even numbers of cylinders? Are odd numbers of cylinders somehow less efficient than even ones?
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Is pre-heating a modern engine worth it?

I have a 2011 Toyota Yaris and live in climate where -5C temperatures are common and -20C are not unheard of. The car has an electric engine pre-heater installed. I don't know exactly what is the type ...
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Slow Accleration And Moving RPMs

UPDATE: I bought a scan tool and downloaded the torque app. I don't get any error codes. I decided to drive it again today. I drove about a quarter mile and barely got to 20MPH. I turned around and ...
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Diesel Engine difficult to start

I have a diesel powered Audi A4 B7 (2006) 2.0TDi (the 170BHP variety) with a manual gearbox, which I've owned for around 18 months. The car has just short of 100k miles and has a full dealer service ...
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Can engine oil type cause a car to overheat?

I own a Peugeot 405. At first I was using 20w-50 engine oils but The last time I went for changing the engine oil I used 10w-40. After that The engine temperature rises constantly and (even when it's ...
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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 ...
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Ticking noise while idling that increases with acceleration

2013 Chevy Cruze. 86000 miles. Our car has been ticking while idling, and the noise gets louder and faster when accelerating. Oil has been changed regularly. Water pump was changed recently due to a ...
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What exactly is an “idle jet”?

I think this thing has something to do with injecting fluids in to the engine. What exactly is an "idle" or "pilot jet"? Does every car have one? What is their functional purpose (i.e. what do they ...
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Engine continues to spin after putting in neutral

I have a 2001 Plymouth Neon, it has a manual transmission. Recently the car has started to not stop the engine when I shift into neutral. If I shift into neutral while moving, the engine will rev like ...
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How are fuel injectors controlled?

I took the fuel injectors off of a wrecked Volvo 850 GLT 1996. I was testing them to see if they still worked by simply supplying voltage to them, and they do. I noticed that when I increase or ...
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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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Engine Bogs down with A/C on highway

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...