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Should I run my generator dry in preparation for storage?

I think this is on-topic after reading the FAQ, so I figured I'd go ahead and ask. I gave my gas generator its scheduled 3-month interval "workout" last night, and after letting it run for about 30 ...
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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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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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Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?

I initially thought there should be a way to bolt on a small aftermarket turbo onto my naturally-aspirated Honda D17A2 (9.9:1 compression ratio) engine in my EM2 Civic EX without having to switch from ...
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1994 Ford Escort won't start

I have a 1994 Ford Escort that was bought used 2 years ago. When we bought it, it would barely run, and we had to replace the engine head. As a result of that and other repairs, it has been losing ...
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After five years in garage diesel car wouldn't start, what should be done?

One of my friends left his car in the garage since five years back and he has lived abroad since then. He left it with a full tank(its a diesel), and it ran perfectly well back then. Now he's back and ...
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What Do I Use for a Thrust Plate After Double Roller Timing Chain Swap

History/Background of This Engine The Magnum 3.9 V6 was introduced in 1992. In 1997, a TSB was issued to fix excessive timing chain noise. The fix was to remove the cam thrust plate and chain oil ...
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If there is a vacuum leak, after you shut off engine, there should be no assisted braking immediately

Is this true or false? Without vacuum leak, the first few times you pump the brake, you can still get some of the vacuum assisted braking. I'm trying to diagnose suspected vacuum leak in this case.
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Is it better for car's longeviety in cold climate or hot climate

Leaving out performance aspect ( Since cold weather is best for that ) I want to know which is better to maintain a car and its longevity. My arguments for Hot weather: Engine reaches optimum ...
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Do Compression Rings and Oil Ring Wear at the Same Rate?

Is it possible that the oil control rings might be worn to the point that you're burning significant amounts of oil, but the compression rings still be good? Or do they typically wear out together ...
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Opel Corsa D engine issue?

I have a 2011 1.4 petrol Corsa D. When accelerating the car lurches. This doesn't happen all the time and is seemingly random. It may happen when I accelerate from 60 on the motorway back to 70 or 30 ...
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Engine stalling/not wanting to go

Hello so I have a 1988 chevy 1500 with a 350 in it. I drove it for about 10 minutes the other day no problem would spin the tires over easy also. The next day I drove it to my grandma's no problem. I ...
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Can you make a tapped hole deeper?

I tapped a hole in my motor (to hold the valve cover) but I don't think the pre-existing hole was deep enough. Can you make a tapped hole deeper? As the drill bit for the pilot hole should fit right ...
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Loose crankshaft bolt. Cause?

I usually service my Mitsubishi L200 Sportero 4x4 5FWD Diesel at Mechanic A, but I had not for several months. Needing a service, I tried another mechanic, Mechanic B, who did the usual 'tune-up'. Two ...
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What could make a noise when I decelerate with a manual gearbox?

Update 06/23/2014 One week later, this noise is now very, very loud, even when I don't decelerate. As soon as I put the 5th gear and clutch, it vibrates whether I accelerate or not. It's like if the ...
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What will happen if there is something else also with petrol in car

Today someone broke my car fuel outer case and taken out fuel. I came home by driving but then i have now one doubt in my mind. What if he put something else in tank like water, sand, etc in there. ...
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2013 Yamaha XT250 engine clicking/ticking noise

I just bought my xt250 as my first bike after getting my permit about a month ago. It's 2013. At 100 miles I dropped the oil and changed the filter. As a small woman I've also installed lower links to ...
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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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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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2003 Nissan 350 Z won't accelerate

We own a Nissan 350 Z and this morning it would not start. It would turn over but it wouldn't fire. After pulsing the gas a little bit it would start but then letting off the gas would cause it to ...
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How to attach PCV breather hose on MkIII Golf?

The old "breather hose" on my Mk3 VW Golf became cracked and fell off. I bought a replacement tube, which connects to part of the PCV apparatus on top of the engine via a hose clamp, but it is not ...
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Timing Sprocket Marks Disagree with Distributor for TDC

I am in the middle of replacing my 1998 Dodge Dakota 39. V6's timing set. According to the manual and everywhere online, the camshaft sprocket dot should be at the bottom and the crankshaft ...
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Dodge Caravan 2000 sudden rev

My Dodge Caravan 2000 suddenly revs at high speeds. When travelling at 70km/h, the rpm would suddenly go from 1.5k to 2-2.5k instantly and jerks afterward. I'm not really a car guy so if you guys ...
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What are reasons my engine would sputter when turning off?

I have Subaru Impreza 2.5i (2.5 NA). My car's engine sputters a bit when turning it off. Specifically it seems like the cars engine keeps turning for a little longer right after I remove the keys. ...
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Lots of oil in radiator, but no coolant in oil and oil is not low

Theres oil in the radiator and the overflow tank of my 2002 GMC Envoy. The oil is fine, and has no water in it. The SUV gets regular oil changes, and the oil presure is fine. Water temperature is ...
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1990 Toyota Pickup 22re fuel injection EFI relay is getting hot

While driving my truck, the engine stopped dead, like it ran out of gas. I used a by-pass wire to go around the EFI and Circuit open relay, the truck ran fine. I noticed a ground wire leading from the ...
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Why does my engine hesitate when I first start?

My question may be related to this other one, but its answer is inadequate for me to be able to diagnose my problem and know what to do to fix it. When I start my car in the morning (or sometimes ...
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Craftsman Push Mower Dying After Running a few minutes

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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97 Honda Civic dies in neutral

I have a 97 Honda Civic that will occasionally die in neutral. This is what I have done so far: Replace both O2 sensors Replace MAP sensor Replace Air filter Added Lucas treatment to fuel tank ...
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Mini Cooper P1638 code

I have a 2007 Mini Cooper. It keeps throwing code P1638 on my code reader on these really really cold mornings, and the engine seems to search for idle, reving betwween 500RPM and 1400RPM. The car ...
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Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket

My 95 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0L had a blown head gasket. I replaced the gasket and drove the car for approximately 120 miles before it started spitting and sputtering. Then it died just before I got home. I ...
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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 ...
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Check engine light between 1300-1800 RPM

I have a 1995 gmc Sierra hd with the 6.5L turbo Diesel engine in it. I just recently bought it and when ever I hold around 1300-1800 rpm the check engine light comes on, when I take my foot off the ...
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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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Rough noise while accelerating

My car is a 2002 Nissan Altima with 106,873 miles. After 95K miles, my car has been giving a rough noise from the engine. After shifting into second gear, it's smooth until I hit the gas pedal hard. ...
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Engine Revving/Misfiring - Formerly Running Lean - No Trouble Codes Now

For a few months now my 1999 Toyota Avalon XLS (California model - this apparently affects the emissions specs - I'm in NY however) with around 105k miles has been giving me these totally random ...
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Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard

We have Mariner 9.9E outboard motor. Having hard time figuring out year and Yamaha equivalent (early Mariners were Yamahas in disguise). There is very little information on those, and it is hard to ...
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2004 Buick Rainier Ignition Coil Replacement

I have a 2004 Buick Rainier (6 cyllinder). I just found out the 4th bank ignition coil is bad. Seems easy enough just looking at it (I just replaced a few of the spark plugs a few nights ago with no ...
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Spark Plugs 1998 Buick Lesabre

Where are the spark plugs in a 1998 Buick Lesabre? Pictures would be helpful as I'm a novice at this type of thing. I'm assuming I need all six because I'm getting a check engine light saying number 6 ...
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97 altima 5spd sputters, has loss of power under 3500rpm, dies when clutch is disengaged

My 97 altima has been to the same shop four times for the same problem. It will sputter and smoke( black smoke) and has large loss of power under 3500rpms and dies just about every time you depress ...
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Machine turns off randomly and won't start after staying off for a while

It all started about a year ago. I had to go to another city and the drive was about an hour long, it went perfectly fine. I left the car parked on the sun for about 2 hours, nothing special, on a ...
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Minor grinding noise and vibration when car is idle

I have a 2005 stick shift Toyota Camry. Sometimes when I am at a red light or stop sign and the car is in neutral I feel a slight vibration from the pedals and a slight grinding noise coming from the ...
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newly rebuilt engine, long warm-up & severe shaking

I have a 2002 Toyota Celica GT with a newly rebuilt engine (ran out of oil and threw rods) but problems still persist. I was told by the mechanic to allow myself a 500 mile break in time of not ...
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High Idle and Engine Noise in Chrysler 300c Hemi

I recently bought a 300, it had 170000 miles on it. When I test drove it nothing felt wrong what so ever. Week later it started turning off by itself in the middle of the freeway or alleys. Got it ...
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Ford Fiesta Mk6 Diesel Engine Fault

Upon acceleration the following lights illuminate once the engine reaches 3000-4000 RPM: A message; "Engine Fault" appears on the dash screen. Once this happens, the engine will no longer rev ...
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96 Suburban intermittent falter/stall immediate restart

96 GMC K1500 Suburban. Falters/stalls. Intermittent. So far low speed/parking lot acceleration from stop. Also deceleration low speed as in coming to stop. Radio cuts in and out around the time of the ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 shuts off after running for 10–20 seconds [closed]

My 2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F shuts off after ten to twenty seconds after start. It doesn't spit and sputter, it just shuts down. I have loosened the bowl screws while it's running and confirmed that ...
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97 GMC k1500 missing badly. Ignition system problems?

I have a 97 GMC Sierra k1500 with a 305 (5.0L) engine. It seems like every year for a few years now it will suddenly start missing very badly. There will be random misfires on all cylinders almost ...
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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 ...
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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 ...