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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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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 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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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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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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Going more than recommended Speed in Break-in Period

I have a new Yamaha motorbike. Seller told me not to ride speed more than 50 Kmph for first 1000KM but I rode it 60 for 10 - 15 minutes due to some reason. How does it affect to my Motorbike ?.
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Can a variable engine exist?

I have really no knowledge about mechanics but such a curious guy. Excuse my Ignorance. Does a variable engine exist? Like as the vehicle slows down the engine will slow down and when the vehicle ...
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Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries

Car: BMW 318 TDS Compact. 90HP. 168.000KM Situation: was driving a very intense uphill section at 70km/h, in 4th gear (2.000 rpm). Everything was ok. Engine sound, temperature, etc... Suddenly, ...
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How to work on engine out of car?

I'm currently doing an engine swap on on 97 Corolla Levin, need to swap over the exhaust manifold, water pump etc from one engine to the other, but not sure what the best way to handle the engine ...
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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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How to spot remove high temp engine paint?

I've recently painted an engine post reassembly, due to cost reasons. No doubt I've encountered overspray on certain parts. I know sandblasting the engine proper is a huge no-no, and soda blasting ...
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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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Engine swap considerations

I'm interested in restoring an old car that has a relatively underpowered engine. I'm curious how difficult it would be to replace it with a different (cheaper, more common, more powerful) engine. ...
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What does CC refer to when describing an engine?

I have been learning about various older cars on Wikipedia. I've always wondered what the "cc" refers to in the engine description. For example: 1964–1969 Porsche 911: 1991 cc 1965-1969 Porsche 912: ...
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Which Reluctor Wheel on LS Engines?

Around 2005 or 2006, GM started using a 58-tooth reluctor wheel, where before they used a 24-tooth wheel in the LSx based engines (LS1, LS2, LS3, etc.). This wheel is used as a way for the computer to ...
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Problems in building higher displacement 2 stroke engines

I understand(from preliminary research) that when engine gets bigger(higher displacement) it is practically not possible to have a two stroke engine. What are the implications in building a higher cc ...
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When should we change the machine lubricant? Cold engine or hot engine?

According to the manual, we should change the lubricant when the engine is still hot to easy the lubricant flow out completely. But from other perspective, loosening the bolt at the high temperature ...
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Can I use a CNC machine or waterjet to make an adapter plate to adapt a 5 speed transmission to a rare, obsolete engine?

I am the sad, proud owner of a Nissan SD33T (Diesel), mated to a 4 speed T-19. The power this engine outputs (101HP, 160#/TQ stock) means it struggles on the highway, and I don't want to sacrifice my ...
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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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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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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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Engine power specification at different rpm?

Car companies advertise power of an engine at different rpms. Car 1: 80 PS at 6000 rpm Car 2: 85 PS at 6500 rpm What does the power at different rpm mean? Does it mean Car 1 has better power than ...
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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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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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Mercedes W123 engine “jumpy” when cold

I have a weird problem with the engine of my W123 (the engine is gasoline, 2L, 80kW with a Stromberg 175CDT carb). When the engine is cold (less than ~50C or so), it acts weird. When I want to ...
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Proton jumbuck loss of power/shaking

I was driving to work this smorning when my car started shaking and losing power no matter how much I put my foot down after about 2km of driving it started working fine again but the engine has a ...
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Why didn't tuning box or remap work on my mondeo st tdci

I brought a tuning box a few months ago. When I fitted it, it didn't work so I sent it back. They tested it and it was working fine, so I tried it again, but it wouldn't make my car any quicker. So I ...
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Where can I buy the 2005 Mazda 3s 2.3L oxygen sensor plug?

I bought an oxygen sensor with the wrong plug. I wonder were could I buy a plug like the one on my car in order to connect the oxygen sensor properly? This is an image of the plug on my car. Does ...
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vanagon lurches forward, won't accelerate past 20mph or so

I have a manual 1982 diesel VW Vanagon with a 1996 Passat TDI engine in it. This morning (low 40s temp), accelerating up a hill, heard a hissing sound in left rear. Check tires, no problems. Able ...
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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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Idle sometimes too high (BMWM50B25TU)

Yesterday I had to drive a lot and after 100 miles I noticed that the idle won't go below 1500 rpm (should be 600) on my 1993 BMW 525i (euro model), except when I drove slowly in a high gear. This ...
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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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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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OVERHEATING 07 grand prix

My car has been overheating bad I took it to auto zone and hooked it up to the check engine thing and they said it was getting to 207 withing 10 secounds. It get hot fast and my heat doesnt work ...
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How do I determine if my Toyota Camry 1994 LE has a 5S-FE or 1MZ-FE engine?

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan. What is the type of the engine?
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Diagnose lag in acceleration

Honda Accord 2003 V6 - I've recently noticed that there's a slight lag from when I depress the gas pedal to feeling the car accelerate. What could be the cause? I the mornings when I start the car I ...
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New car should run slow for better mileage - Myth or reality? [duplicate]

I just bought a Ford Ecosport and it has been only hours old. The dealer told me to drive the car at as slow speed as possible for the first 3 months (not more than 80 kmph) although my car can easily ...
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Astra Turbo sounding like a diesel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6JOhFJcJA The video above demonstrates the sound I hear when my car is at operating temperature. I don't know why it would sound so rough. It doesn't sound quite as ...
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High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level

The symptom: while accelerating, at a very particular throttle level/pedal angle my engine recently started whistling in a very high pitch. If I let go of the gas or push it in more the sound goes ...
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Mean Piston Speed in Turbocharged Vs. Naturally Aspirated Engines

Does anyone know why the mean piston speed might be lower in the average turbo gasoline engine compared to the average naturally aspirated engine? Scratching my head to figure this out but no luck so ...
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Lower quality oil vs high quality oil [closed]

tl;dr Which is best? Buying high-quality, longer-lasting, but more expensive oils and changing oil less frequently or buying lower-quality oil but changing more frequently? As I'm trying to find my ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tyres about needing to be changed? He said, naw, another 8000 miles. After driving 7000 miles, I asked another mechanic who again said, long way to go. ...
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Car shakes when in gear at red light

I bought a '96 Toyota Camry about a month ago. When I first turn the car on and the engine is cold, I can have the car stopped (in gear) and it will not shake. The idle RPMs will be at 1000. After ...
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Overflow tank's lid has been opened for a long time

I've just found that overflow tank's lid has been opened by itself. I dont know how long maybe four months since I bought it. Coolant level is now above the full mark. Does it cause any damage to the ...
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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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Change in engine oil color just after oil change

I have changed my new Swift VDI car engine oil at 19344kms. Just after the oil change at 19344reading means car is not run even 100 feets i checked the oil and i found it very black in color and it ...
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Is a 1994 Jeep Wrangler engine reliable

Its gone 150000 KM (93,205 miles). Would its engine be reliable to last another couple of years? Should I be on the lookout for any noises the engine makes that signal trouble? Thanks
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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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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 ...