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Engine repeatedly dies at shorter and shorter intervals this cold morning, finally won't start

I have Pontiac Grand Am 2004. It's been needing some regular maintenance, but other than that runs mostly fine. When I went out to start it this morning, it started fine. I went to start brushing snow ...
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Brake Mean Effective Pressure, how is this an effective measurement tool for engines?

Many engine designers measure success with Brake Mean Effective Pressure What are the equations used to calculate Brake Mean Effective Pressure? Why is this a more or less effective measurement ...
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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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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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2007 Hyosung GT250R not starting, some repairs have been made

Hoping to find some good advice on fixing my (above mentioned) motorcycle. I'll try to keep it brief but with as much details as I can. I had an issue with the bike and it sucked up some varnish from ...
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Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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Should bore my cylinder or just hone them?

I'm in the process of rebuilding the 5.4L engine out of my 1999 Ford F250. I'm going to replace the pistons (and rings) because the black (teflon?) coating on the piston skirts is worn off and there ...
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How to reach bolt at the rear of BMW M41 Engine?

I can't manage to properly reach the top right screw (zoom picture of it on the second picture). How could I do that ? (the tool I have is too long to be able to go on the rear, there is nearly no ...
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Honda Odyssey engine cut out

I have a 1997 Honda Odyssey automatic, it stopped running in the middle of the road and when I tried starting it again it made a loud whining sound, then I turned the key off and tried again and it ...
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My engine stalled and wont restart - after downshifting - Automatic Trans

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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Toyota corolla verso 1.794 petrol vvt-1-t2 [on hold]

Recently Purchased Vehicle @milage 81.075 in the past vehicle has consumed 5.25 Litres of oil a full oil composition test was carried by my Garage. They also advise it is an uneconomical repair it has ...
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Can you identify this part?

I have just had the cam belt and water pump changed at my local VW dealership on my 2004 VW Passat B5 and on the technical report they were kind enough to point out everything else they wanted to ...
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Ford F-150 4x2 4.9l straight 6 misses after lots of work

Just seems like plug wire, plug, or something missing shakes whole truck. It's acting like it's starving for gas. New plugs, plug wires, MAF sensor, idle control sensor, cleaned and still can't figure ...
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Remanufactured 5.3 engine not firing on one bank

2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3 vin 3. Bought a remanufactured engine, after install truck runs only on bank 1 (1,3,5,7). Have power to coil packs on bank 2 (2,4,6,8) but no spark. Put in new cam sensor, ...
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2005 Dodge Caravan - Erratic Misfire

The engine was misfiring for quite a while. At some point, the battery went dead due to a bad alternator and all the electrical systems went nuts. I replaced the alternator & battery. At some ...
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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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Why can some cars go through water while others can't?

Why can some cars (mostly old Russian cars on YouTube) seemingly go through water while others can't? I'm talking about situations when the water level is at half the height of the car, so the engine ...
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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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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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Parking a motorcycle with hot engine

I have a question regarding my motorcycle (Yamaha FZ8 - 4Zylinder 800cc). At the weeksend I was driving through a town. It was very hot outside and I parked the bike. The coolingwater-temperature was ...
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I accidentally kept my vehicle Choke ON while riding?

I have Honda Dio 2015 Model. Yesterday, I kept the Choke ON while riding. I wanted to know what are the damages it probably causes to the engine? Does it have any after effects on the engine?
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What damages may I have caused draining oil by filter?

My ATV oil drain plug is an allen 6mm bolt. The bolt was all rusty, and what I expected to happen happened - I stripped it. Instead of wasting times trying to remove the stripped bolt I drained oil ...
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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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What non-driver, non-terrain factors can affect vehicle miles per gallon?

I've been tracking the mileage on my 2015 VW Golf (a non-intercooled turbo, but not diesel, thank goodness). Of course, my driving habits and highway/city balance influence things greatly, but beyond ...
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Ford Taurus common oil leak area?

On my last oil change, the technician noted some oil around top and side of the engine block and said there is a small leak. The only way to find where it is coming from is doing the whole dye test, ...
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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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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What is a rod knock?

What is a rod knock? What causes a rod knock, how bad is a knocking rod, and how can I tell if a rod is knocking?
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Should I lap my valves if I have easy access?

Now that I have my cylinder heads out of my V6 Tacoma, I am considering taking the valves out to inspect them in case they are bent or whatever and grind them. There is no symptoms of valves ...
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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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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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What does it take for a modern muscle car to sound like a classic muscle car?

To preface, I would grade my exhaust knowledge with a "B-". I know what the major components are and what they do, but I don't know if and when certain exhaust parts became mandated or introduced ...
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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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Blue smoke on engine start

I got my 2002 Camry when it had 86K and now it has 97K on it. In the morning when I start the engine, I see blue-ish smoke coming out of the exhaust for a while. I don't know if I had it before, but ...
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Why do engines run badly below the normal idle speed?

When the engine speed in my petrol car drops below about 650-700 RPM - the normal idle speed - it starts to shake and judder. This could be because say, I didn't give enough gas when pulling away. ...
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What is wrong with my car?

My car had a broken piston, and broke down completely. I bought a new engine, and had it installed. everything seemed to be working aside from a low clicking sound when driving coming from the engine. ...
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Scatter Camshafts - What are they and why do I want one?

It seems in the world on mini's as in Mini Cooper, there is a camshaft called a scatter cam. It changes the timing for cylinders 2 and 3. I've heard of changing the timing to have 1 and 4 firing at ...
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What are the effects of excessive oil changes on an oil pump? (read description)

I would like to know what the effects on an oil pump are when oil is changed. Obviously after changing the oil filter the engine will run dry without oil pressure for the first few seconds while oil ...
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Why do valve lifters get stuck? How come they unstick by themselves?

I've seen this happen on a couple of different engines so far (BMW S62, Mitsubishi 4G63) but am not sure about how commonplace it is. If an engine isn't used for an extended period of time, the ...
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Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

In this question, we discuss stripped oil pan threads. I learned it is a result of user error - over tightening and cross threading, by the dealership I consistently go to. Many people have come ...
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Why does my car die completely (after a battery recharge)?

Recently, the keys in my car were left in the ignition in the 'on' position and my battery was drained. I posted a question about replacing v. recharging (24930). I removed the battery from the car ...
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Cam Belt vs Belt Drive vs Serpentine Belt vs Fan Belt vs V Belt vs Timing Belt

I have a 2004 VW Passat B5 and having started to learn a bit more about engine theory, I was wondering how many belts I have and what names each of the belts have. So, I have a two part question: ...
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Why do old motorcycle engines rev so slowly?

I know someone with an older Yamaha XS750. It's from the late 1970's. When I rev the engine in neutral it rev's up really slow. It comes down from the revving a slowly as well. When I rev a 2005 ...
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Filling gouge on oil sealing surface in aluminum engine block

I bought a 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport (2.5L EJ251 SOHC) a year ago and have found a leaking crankshaft seal. When going in to replace it, I see that the leak is probably caused by a small gouge ...
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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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1997 Honda Odyssey - How do I know if the valves are still good after both the timing belts broke?

I hired a mechanic to replace my crankshaft pulley sensor. He ended up doing something wrong. We tried to crank it and it sounded like a dead battery and the sensor broke and hit the oil pump. Put a ...
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Effects of Dirty Piston Heads and Intake Valves

What are the effects of dirty ( allot of carbon build-up ) piston heads and intake valves? I just used an endoscope to take a look at my piston heads while changing my spark plugs and the heads had ...
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Effects of driving through deep water WITHOUT hydrolocking (car still bogged down and died)

So, yesterday we had very heavy rains, and unfortunately I was driving in an unfamiliar area of town. I drove through high water, which caused my car to sputter and so I turned around. The car behaved ...
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Can an old car engine be used outside of a car?

After selling my car for salvage recently I began to wonder if I could repurpose my next car's engine for anything. Can old car engines be made into generators or other useful machines?