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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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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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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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Burning Smell and Faint White Smoke

I have a 1999 Audi A4. Recently there is a burning smell when driving that is noticeable when stopped after driving. At night I noticed a faint white smoke blowing out of the front in the headlights. ...
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2003 Honda Civic 1.7 vTec - White Smoke from the tailpipe

I have a Honda Civic 2003 gx 1.7 liter vTec stick shift 4 cylinder. Just today I had to put oil in my car. Drove for about 5 minutes got to a light and when I shifted into first gear a white cloud of ...
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High pitched noise from engine unless brakes engaged

I'm driving a manual 96 Toytota T100, and recently the engine started making a high pitched, almost inaudible whine. Some things I've loosely figured out: It always stops when the brakes are ...
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Mazda 3 2004 Engine Revving when car not moving

I recently noticed when my car comes to a stop engine running and ac on the engine revs as if it wants to move forward. The rev isn't huge. When i am in traffic and holding down on the brakes, if i ...
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Is incessantly revving an engine necessary for tuning?

I have a neighbor who revs his engine loudly over and over again, for anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes up to several hours at a time, several days a week, and has been doing this for over a year. It ...
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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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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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Aftermarket start-stop system

I am looking for an aftermarket device that turn off the engine when the car is in rest and turn on the engine when the throttle is pushed. Which are the producer? Where i can find it on internet?
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Lifter tick—safe to ignore short-term? What to do about it?

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry V6 (1MZ-FE) with about 129,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed a ticking that seems to be loudest at the end of the front valve cover, on the opposite side of the timing ...
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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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2002 Ford Focus CEL blinked for a minute and then turned off

I have a 2002 Ford Focus with around 100k miles on it. I just brought it back from the mechanic for a fuel pump replacement. As this question shows. Anyway I was driving around going uphill when I ...
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is there any way to adjust my idle speed - 2003 Cadillac CTS

My 2003 CTS vibrates pretty bad at idle speed (around 600 RPMs) But If I rev up to 800 or so, it's totally smooth. The real problem is partially due to worn motor mounts, but I dont want to spend ...
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How do the cycles of the engine get converted into cycles of the wheels?

Is it the transmission that converts the high rpm of the engine into the lower rpm of the wheels rotation? Let's say that an engine was running at 500 rpm (this refers to the rpm of the crankshaft, ...
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Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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Passat - Oil warning light on engine rev. Expensive fix?

looking to buy my first car, which is a daunting task for someone with little money and even less knowledge of motors. Seen this one on ebay, which ticks all my boxes but is cheap because: When ...
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Ford Fiesta Mk6 engine component

I have a ford fiesta mk6. Can someone please identify the hose on the left (green square) ? It's cracked right now and it's leaking cooling liquid (I think). Here is a picture of the engine: PS: ...
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Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...
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Engine Whine Problem

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer V6 4.0, manual. I bought it brand new and have put just over 175,000 miles on it. I was driving down a dirt road to my home and noticed what sounded almost like a hissing ...
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How much does displacement affect performance?

I'm interested in learning more about the steps that can be taken to increase the performance of an engine. I'm curious how much displacement affects performance. For example, compare the following ...
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1997 ford f150 lariat

We have a 1997 ford f150. My husband replaced the thermostat, but it still reads cold and doesn't put out any heat. Any suggestions? We are in Ohio, it's December, and it's freeeezzzing - need heat! ...
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Changing Motor Mounts

My 2007 Ford Focus ZX3 SES (65k miles ) has a vibration at all engine speeds. Other research has led to a high probability that this is from worn out motor mounts. I have read after market ...
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Oil in coolant none in oil

I have a 2003 F150 with a 5.4 engine. It started running rough and I noticed oil in my coolant. I checked the dipstick and it is clean. I was just a little low so I added oil. When I removed the oil ...
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CVT on 6 cylinder cars

The 2013 Honda Accord has both 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder cars, however, only the 4 cylinder cars have a continuously variable transmission (CVT). I was wondering... is there any particular reason for ...
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What are the functions of Finger Follower, Lash Caps & Lash Disks and Seat Inserts?

I have googled all teams, but do not understand well from the result Finger Followers? (I see many website talk about rocker arms, but what is finger follower? Are they for different types of engine ...
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Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container

I own a hatchback ford fiesta. I took my car out for a drive today for 10 minutes and when I came back, I opened the hood and checked that the water in the water container was quite hot (not ...
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VW Jetta II - engine misfires when climbing a hill

This is a VW Jetta made in 1984 with 1.6L petrol engine (code "EZ"). It starts OK (though if it has been a wile since last start, it takes some cranking to start the engine), but when climbing a hill, ...
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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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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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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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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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1999 Honda Civic CNG, Flashing check engine light

I have a 1999 Honda Civic CNG with 140,000 highway miles. Initially, while driving the car at highway speed, the check engine light would flash and the car would lose power. I would have to stop and ...
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Jet ski maintainance

I have two old jet skis, one of which isn't working too well anymore. I'd like to learn how to fix it. I'd probably not be able to sell it for very much anyways. Are there any good books or resources ...
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Engine has become noisy

I have a 1993 Mercedes 308d. It always used to be fairly quiet, but recently the engine has started to sound quite noisy. Its OK when started then after it gets warm you notice when you come to a ...
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...
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Normal spark advance for 96 LT1 engine? STFT also varies bank 1 vs bank 2. What does it mean?

I used my HP Tuners as a scan tool on my 96 LT1 in an Impala SS. The "Advance" as read by the tool sits at -12 deg at idle, then goes down to -35 deg if I rev it (no load) to about 2k RPM. I'm ...
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Removing Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 Engine

How do I remove a Mitsubishi Galant 2000 V6 engine? I have the wires and everything disconnected, but I am not sure if I am supposed to take the transmission off, or just pull it out transmission and ...
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How to identify parts needed for a repair?

Here's a general question: How do you identify, in advance, what parts will be necessary for a repair (including all the various fasteners, o-rings, etc), and order them? Certainly for simple ...
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Briggs-Stratton Lawnmower motor losing power

My Toro lawnmower featuring a Briggs-Stratton 7.25HP motor has been losing power lately. It is about 2 years old and I've used the maintenance kit (spark plug, air filter, oil, & fuel treatment) ...
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A/C causes the the car to die

I have a 1999 ford ecsort Zx2 it has the 2.0L DOHC engine in it or known as the Ztec engine. When I am driving with the A/C on it sputers and dies but restarts. What would cause this? it runs just ...
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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 ...
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Is starting idle RPM always lower in colder temperatures?

I've noticed that my 2008 Jetta 2.5L 5W40 generally starts up with an idle RPM of at most 1.2K RPM around the freezing temperature (say when the temp sensor reads 33°F), or even at just about 1K ...
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2007 Camry went dead while driving. What are some reasons that could cause this?

I've got a 2007 Camry. Bought it brand new from the dealer, have only ever had it (regularly) serviced at the dealer. I was on my way home from a meeting today, and I was driving down a road. The ...
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drove without #3 cylinder plug wire. Help!

I drove without a spark plug wire in my 1978 GMC Sierra 5.7L. It drove fine and I didn't notice any problems until it died after about 2 miles. It was acting as if it was out of fuel or power when it ...
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Safe way to clean oil sludge around the engine?

My Case 85xt Skid Steer has a hydraulic leak somewhere but the engine area is covered in oil sludge so I can't tell where it is coming from. Is it safe to use de-greaser and or water around the engine ...
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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SB350 cutout at freeway speed, revs fine in neutral

Was hoping someone could help me out with an issue I'm having since I'm running of ideas... In case it helps, its a 71 Nova with a small block 350. Carbuerated and HEI, without any computer chips or ...
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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 ...