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2010 Hyundai Accent starts but won't stay running

Car would stop running while driving it and wouldn't start after that; changed the alternator and now it will start but it doesn't stay running. It stalls every time I try to put it in gear to drive ...
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How do I get more power out of a rotary engine?

Background I'm looking at a few cars for a track day car that I can abuse. One of the vehicles I'm considering is an older Mazda RX7. The primary reasons being that it has a rotary engine as well ...
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Why do casting numbers on engine blocks matter?

In this question the OP references the block casting number his 454 GM motor. Why is the block casting number relevant information when talking about an upgrade to an American V-8 engine? Is this ...
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What actually happens when there is not enough coolant in a car engine?

I know that a lack of engine oil can destroy an engine, so I was curious as to whether it is just as bad to drive a car with a very low engine coolant. What is engine coolant? What exactly are all ...
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What are all the different types of fluid in a car and a short summary of their use?

A fluid is defined as anything that flows, hence for our purposes a gas or a liquid. I know that there is fuel, engine oil, engine coolant and brake fluid. Also air is normally taken in through a ...
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What will upgrading the Camshaft do to my BBC 454?

I have been told that upgrading the Camshaft in my GM 454 will increase performance. What will this do exactly and what will the engine actually gain? 10069286 block casting 454cu '90-'91 MY, Mark ...
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Why do two-stroke engine exhaust pipes look so strange?

Two stroke gasoline engine exhaust pipes are shaped strange. They expand into a wide diameter and then shrink down to a very small diameter where the exhaust gasses emerge into the environment. Why ...
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Vauxhall Vectra engine (1.6 petrol) cuts out

My beloved Vectra C (2006) a previous story here developed a new "symptom": engine cuts out while driving. Since there are other (possibly connected) symptoms I am going to list them one-by-one: ...
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Why do Harley Davidson engines suffer from such poor performance?

The modern Harley Davidson engine has very poor power output. Even when highly modified a 130HP engine can cost tens of thousands of US Dollars. Here are specs on one of the modern engines. Harley-...
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What do the terms “combined port” & “direct injection” mean?

I heard these terms recently as part of the description of a new car. I know that there are intake and exhaust valves in the engine that are controlled by cams on the camshaft (if that helps you ...
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What exactly is an intake manifold?

This is one of those phrases I have heard a lot but never bothered to ask what it meant. Until now. What exactly is an intake manifold?
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What exactly is a head gasket?

From what I have gathered, a "head gasket" is an important part of the engine on most cars, but that is about it. What is a head gasket? Where is a head gasket? Why is it necessary?
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What actually happens when there is way too much oil in a car engine?

I saw the answers to a question I posted recently highlighting the disadvantages of having too little oil in an engine, but that got me wondering what if the complete opposite were to occur! I know ...
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What exactly is meant by “engine coolant”?

I know that engine coolant is a fluid in the engine used to dissipate heat spots and keep the engine cool in general as the moving parts generate heat. In this context, I would call the oil an "engine ...
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Computing Wheel Torque From Engine Torque

It seems possible to obtain engine torque and RPM from a truck CAN bus. I'd like to estimate tractive force at the wheels given these two values. How should I go about computing torque at the wheels? ...
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revving sounds and the engine cut

I have a 2002 Subaru Forester. My engine light came on a couple of days ago and I was planning on bringing my car in to have it checked out. This evening as I was driving I felt like the car would ...
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Dirty air filter seal

Whenever I have had work done in the past that I can't perform myself, timing belt etc every garage I have been too has made a real mess with my air filter. When I check the filter there is always ...
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Poor battery condition, replacement required! Or is it?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5. Recently, my insurance company came round to fit a black box to my car as part of the terms and conditions of my car insurance policy. Whilst they were doing this they had ...
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What prevents engine oil from mixing with petrol in motor bikes?

Engine oil is used in the lubrication process, at the same place petrol is also there. What prevents engine oil mixing with petrol in motor bikes?
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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 a flywheel do and what is it connected to?

I understand roughly how an engine works and that there is a crankshaft which is able to turn the flywheel using internal combustion. I have just realised that I have got absolutely no idea how 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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What actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?

When a car is topped up with oil, it clear to most people that you are supposed to fill it to the recommended amount as specified by the manufacturer (normally on a dip stick). What exactly are all ...
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What is regenerative braking and why don't we use it?

I know that many electric cars use regenerative braking to enable the car to become more efficient by converting what would otherwise be lost heat energy in to a more useful, reusable form of energy. ...
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1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself

Several things have happened in the past couple days and I would like to know what could possibly be wrong before I take it all apart. Engine dies after letting off the throttle while on the road. ...
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What are crankshaft bearings and how are they different from camshaft end bearings?

I hope the answer is not too similar to this question. I have a basic understanding of the role a crankshaft plays in the internal combustion engine, which leads me to ask: Crankshaft Bearings ...
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What are cam shaft end bearings?

I now have a basic understanding of the role a cam shaft plays in the internal combustion engine, but what is a bearing? Or more specifically, what exactly is a "cam shaft end bearing"? Also, where ...
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5-Stroke Engines - What are these things?

What is a 5 stroke engine? Why aren't they using them in vehicles right now? Is this a new thing or has it been around for a while?
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1997 Ford Fiesta Strange Ticking Noise

The 1997 Ford Fiesta I sometimes drive has started to make a strange sound. It has started to make a ticking sound after I was pushing the tiny little 1.25L engine very hard on the way up North with ...
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What are Performance Camshafts?

I read the following question recently: What is it about performance cams that make engines produce more power when they are installed? I know there are a few components for cars that have "cam" ...
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How to increase horsepower? [closed]

How can you increase horsepower on an engine through general modifications without modifying the internals of the engine? Are there benefits or tradeoffs from doing so? What kind of things could I ...
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What is a 6 Pack and will it add performance to my engine?

What is a 6 pack in the hotrodding world? Does it improve performance of my engine?
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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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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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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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2000 VW Polo struggles to/won't start when engine warm

My 2000 1.4 petrol polo struggles to start when warm and sometimes will not start, until the engine has cooled down a bit, when the engine is on the hot side of warm. Embarrassingly, I have lived ...
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hi I've just done engine overhaul car is not starting [closed]

Good day. I've just done an engine overhaul of a Fiat Palio 16. When I try to start it the is swing but not start.
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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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What is meant by degreeing a cam?

In the hot rodding world, "degreeing the cam" is an often used term when installing an aftermarket camshaft. What does the term mean, what does it do for you, why should you do it, and what are the ...
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Why are the blades of old car radiator fans unevenly spaced?

Fans that look like this: Is it to somehow help the balance of the engine?
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Formula 1 valve trains

There was a statement in a post regarding Formula 1 valve trains being pneumatic or magnetic. Are there valve trains driven magnetically or pneumatically that are on the market? When did they start ...
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How does Valve Overlap affect emissions?

In this question, it is suggested that valve overlap can affect emissions. In what way can valve overlap affect emissions?
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Why do Formula 1 cars use engines with many volumetrically small cylinders?

What's the benefit to Formula 1 using engines like a 3.0L V8 or a 2.4L V8? I read this Reddit discussion on why it's not practical to put small many-cylindered engines into production cars. Cost ...
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What Can I Learn From Exhaust Manifold Temps?

I was wondering what I can learn from the temperatures on the individual exhaust pipes coming out of each cylinder. The question is general, and my specific example is on my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L. Last ...
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Dynamometer Question - How is it operated and what are they doing?

When guys are doing dyno runs they to do it in a gear, interact with the keyboard and then do it again in another gear. It seems they do multiple runs in multiple gears. In this post Paulster ...
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How to use an engine stand

This is one thing which I have asked many times on a car forum and never received a satisfactory response for. I know that the engine block is somehow bolted onto an engine stand like the one ...
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Two-Stroke Diesel Engine - Do they use forced induction on them?

As I have indicated before, I'm very diesel ignorant. I just know the basics, very basics. In a two-stroke diesel engine using forced induction seems necessary but at the same time I see challenges. ...
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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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What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA)?

What is Lobe Separation Angle (LSA) and how is it used in camshaft design? How is it measured? What difference does a long or short LSA make?
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Cheap vs Expensive Fuels [closed]

What is the difference between the cheapest fuels in a place like Tesco's and the 'high quality', highly priced competitors? Is there actually any noticeable difference in available power, engine ...