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What is the effect of the throttle body on the power curve produced by the engine?

I heard from another member of this community that the throttle body, among other things, has the ability to change the power curve of the engine. What exactly is a throttle body? How might the ...
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How exactly does an increase in engine temperature cause a car to breakdown?

I have an engine temperature gauge on the dashboard of my car (as most people do), but if for some reason the engine temperature is caused to increase (due to a lack of cooling or what have you), the ...
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RPMs jump to 2500 when clutch is disengaged or transmission put in neutral

Good morning all. I drive an 05 Chevy Cavalier, 2.2L, 5-spd manual trans. Lately I've been having issues which I am told is throttle related. As I'm driving for a little bit (time varies) I go to ...
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What is the effect of adding more cylinders to an engine design?

I was trying to understand more about torque when I was comparing two engines, totally different engines. one engine ( Straigh 4 ) that produces 149 ft-lb at the maximum HP given (237HP@8300) the ...
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Coolant/antifreeze leaking out of engine block (See photo/video)

I'm not sure exactly what is going on with my vehicle ('98 Wrangler, 4.0L), but it's pretty obvious something is wrong. I think I might have had some minor coolant leaking after the past few times I'...
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Oil pan threads stripped?

EDIT Helpful links on how threads got stripped and by who: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=878261 Seems to be a common problem with some shops, where they don't take good care. ...
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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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08 Silverado 5.3 rough idle and dark cold start exhaust

I recently bought a 2008 Silverado 5.3 with 77k on it. After a couple weeks I noticed that at idle the engine would stumble and my rpms would drop slightly. It eventually set off the check engine ...
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Rubber gasket maker on rocker cover

After recently taking my car to have a new rocker cover gasket fitted as it was badly leaking I noticed the guy who did it put a ton of gasket maker on the rocker cover when he sealed it, heavens ...
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External Combustion Engines - What are these things?

What are external combustion engines? How do they work? What types of external combustion engines are there? What are all the common advantages and disadvantages of external combustion engines in ...
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What are the basics of the combustion cycle in wankel (rotary) engines?

I'd like to understand more intimately the basics of the wankel engine combustion cycle. What I find interesting is: Simplicity of design Use of ports for intake and exhaust Conversion of energy to ...
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Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke Diesel Engines - What is most commonly used in heavy vehicles?

I am not well versed in diesel engines. To prove my point, I've learned in the last month that a two-stroke diesel engine actually exists. My Question. What kind of diesel engine (four-stroke or ...
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Can diesel engine be harmed as easily as gasoline engine by over-revving?

There is an excellent Q&A about why diesel engines have lower redline RPMs (about 4500 RPM) than gasoline engines (about 6500 RPM). The reason is related to the combustion of diesel fuel. However,...
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Why does the power output peak and then drop as engine speed increases?

I have been looking at the power bands for my car (2000 Opel Agila 1.2) recently, as I want to work out when it is best to change gear and stuff, as I have no life! This is the approximate graph I ...
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Engine revs to 4000 RPM without pressing gas pedal

I tried to start my car today but something strange keeps on happening. It turns on just fine, but once the engine is operating it starts revving to 4000 RPM even though I am not pressing the gas ...
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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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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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How do I make a self start bike using a Hero Honda CD 100?

Very, very new to this community. I want to customize my old bike with a self start along with user authentication via Bluetooth using a smart phone. I can make the electronics part (Means Software ...
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Rhythmic “soft screeching” noise for a minute after cold starts on cold days … sometimes

2004 Infiniti G35, 155k KMs (~97k miles), totally stock. Intermittently, after cold starts on cold mornings, I hear a "soft metal screeching" oscillating roughly twice a second. The sound disappears ...
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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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What is the problem if my car's engine stops running in the middle of a ride?

My car's engine frequently stops in the middle of a ride. Its an old model of Hyundai Sonata 2004. This happens especially in high gears(3,4) and faster speeds (like 60-70 mph). It has also happened ...
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2004 Tahoe Conking, Glub Glub Glub

My 2004 Tahoe is not running well and conked out on me the other day. I just had it repaired for some other reasons and the repair shop suggested we needed to have spark plugs replaced so it will run ...
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Ticking noise when accelerating

I have a Vauxhall Corsa "C" (2003)(EU) which is a standard 16v 1.2 petrol, the engine is chain driven and sits at 50k. I don't think it was well looked after (service wise) in previous lifes. ...
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Supercharger Components That Can Fail

I have a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, with the supercharged 3800. I recently made a trip from Meridian, MS to Cincinnati, OH, and back again (roughly 600 miles one way). With the car being relatively ...
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No power at higher RPM

I just had to do some fixes on my 1993 Kawasaki ZR750. I had some rust in the tank so I got it cleaned and sealed. To be thorough I also checked the rest of the system. Here's what I did: ...
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Heater smells like sulfur

I drive a 2006 Toyota Sienna. When driving with the heater on I often smell sulfur. This is more common when I am driving up a hill, but if I turn the heater off, the smell goes away. What causes this ...
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Car leaks oil when driving, Oil from exhaust pipe

Car leaks oil when driving not while parked. The bottom of the vehicle is covered with oil and there's white smoke coming from tail pipe when driving. It sat and there no oil puddle in garage but ...
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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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Really high idle after tightening spark plugs

I had a very nasty tick in my engine after doing a bunch of work to it, I just redid my chain tensioner which went a long way to fixing it, then I found that spark plugs could cause a tick, so I ...
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Once-only thud knock when open throttle

I have a 1997 Yamaha TRX850. When I open the throttle I'm hearing a thud knock sound near the left crankshaft cover. That sound does not always appears and I can't find any correlation between ...
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semi loud growling noise at all speeds

I have a 1998 GMC Sonoma SLS with a 4.3 l V6 Vortec. It used to purr, now it growls, sounds like a small diesel engine. Vibration can be felt (mostly in the dead pedal) and also vibrates/growls in ...
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What good is it for an engine to have lower CCs and higher BHP?

I was watching "The Perfect Road Trip 2" by Top Gear, where at some point Richard Hammond is driving a Mercedes A45 AMG. He says that the car develops a whooping 355 BHP, and all that comes from a ...
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What exactly is a clutch?

I found out recently that the flywheel, driven by the crankshaft, is connected to (or part of) the clutch. I have a basic understanding of what a clutch does due to the fact that I know how to drive a ...
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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?
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Are Oil Puddles in Cylinder Head Normal?

Changing spark plugs and one well was full of oil. I took off the valve cover to replace the gasket and noticed that there was quite a bit of oil puddled in the cylinder head. Is this normal or could ...
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Can 100% calculated load be reached in neutral?

While searching for information about how is engine load calculated I came across this question which contains an equation for the ECU load calculations. As I understand it under fixed atmospheric ...
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Does revving a car when cold make it warm up faster?

As winter comes along, I've always thought that revving the car would make it warm up faster, so the heating works better to clear the icy/steamed up windows. Does revving my car at idle to about 2-...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines that require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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Basic operation of a choke valve

As user Steve Matthews pointed out on my last question Car interior rattles on idle The ideal use of a coke is "Use the choke until the car warms up properly. You can reduce the amount of choke ...
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Can I use high temp RTV instead of a gasket?

I read somewhere that I can use RTV silicone instead of a regular rubber gasket as an engine seal. Is this feasible?
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Do fast cars need to occasionally be driven fast?

In the broad spectrum of cars, there's higher end models with sport-focused engines. Examples would be an BMW M3, and even more so Ferraris and Koenigseggs etc. Apparently they're more fussy, in that ...
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Can a full teardown of my 318 TDS (1996 1.7 Gasoil) E36 engine have bad side effects?

I would like to get more acquainted with the engine of my car, learn mechanics, and also just clean the engine of accumulated dirt and grime. As such, I am considering tearing down the engine. For ...
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Shouldn't a loss of compression equal a loss of power?

I recently did a compression test on a Nissan B13 GA16DE and got 125, 127, 122 and 140 psi (cold). A few years ago, all 4 cylinders got 135-140 psi, cold. Shouldn't this loss of compression have led ...
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Where does the piston stop after the ignition is turned off?

Compression stroke at TDC or Exhaust at TDC or somewhere else? Is this position fixed or does it depend on other conditions?
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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?
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Should I avoid full throttle when driving with a cold engine?

Apparently I should avoid full throttle until my engine temperature is warmed up fully (to 90 degrees on the gauge) Normally I just get in and drive normally after about 10 seconds, and then after ...
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Reboring a cylinder: compression ratio of new piston

I'm going to have the cylinder of my 2004 TT600RE motorcycle rebored (because it's damaged, not to increase power). The manual says the piston size is 95mm and the compression ratio is 8.5 : 1. I'm ...
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Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds

I have a 1997 Caravan (base model) and normally on my drive to work and my highway drives in rush-hour, the engine warms up just fine. I took a road trip for work, about an hour and fifteen minutes ...
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Why is cold-start fuel mixture enrichment necessary?

I know a rich mixture is more fuel added than air in the ratio required (14.7:1), but how can it affect anything? I mean, if fuel is added but with no air it can't combust, so how can that affect the ...