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When does it make sense to replace a camshaft?

Preamble (Rant) I was reviewing this question in which the OP presents a repair quotation that includes replacing the "intake camshaft" to fix an engine that had overheated. To me this ...
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VW Passat B5 EPC Light on Dashboard

There is a yellow light on my dash that says 'EPC'. I have no idea what this could mean on my car as I haven't noticed any difference in the way it drives, nor are there any unusual sounds other than ...
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What should one do to reduce the HP lost at the wheels on an automatic transmission?

I have a 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 speed auto. I've done some research about automatic transmissions and manual transmissions and what are the positives and negatives of each. (For example, MT is said ...
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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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Engine idle surging on startup & sputters during acceleration

So I don't know anything about cars. But my truck has been having a few problems. It starts up fine and then the idle is really weird, the RPM's surge. The motor keeps bogging down and when you try to ...
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New fuel pump and spark plugs but gas pedal still not responding

I have a Ford Explorer 2007 and I'm experiencing the car cutting out on me. For example, when turning a corner with the engine revs low, the gas pedal wouldn't respond and then the car cut out. It ...
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Can snowblowers auger belt weaken or is this just wet snow

So I have an old Toro 824 used snowblower from the mid 90's. The last two times I used it we had wet snow. Snow kept getting clogged and I had to break it up with broom and then it would just clog ...
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Why did Ducati decide to use the desmodromic valve train rather than a more tradition valve train?

Ducati's use a unique method to open and close their valves. It's called the desmodromic valve train. The desmodromic valve system does not use springs to close the valve, it uses the cam and has a ...
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Why don't all diesel engines have throttle plates?

I learned recently that many older and some newer diesels don't have throttle plates to control airflow. I was also quite shocked to learn about a condition called diesel engine runaway. Apparently ...
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My 94 Toyota 4runner doesn't seem to gain speed even while I'm flooring the gas pedal…whats the issue and how can I fix it? [closed]

94 toy 4runner 6 cylinder. Just replaced sparkplug wires and distributor cap..
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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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Saying its running hot but full of coolant and not over heating

2005 Hyundai Elantra. Says its running hot but has coolant and so far hasn't over heated and also can't turn on heat in car because smoke pours from vents into the inside of car.
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What senses/controls how much fuel is spent for a given RPM?

When maintaining a constant speed on the highway whether up, down or flat the engine still has the same RPM (assuming the incline is shallow enough not to require a gear change) - common sense would ...
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Valve Adjustment - 1975 Harley Davidson Ironhead

On Harley Davidson Ironhead motor (1975 XLCH), how do I adjust the valves? I seem to remember a mechanism in the bottom end but....I can't recall.
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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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What is causing a clacking knocking like sound on my toyota camry 1999

I got the heads redone by a engine tech, but for some reason after it starts I get this clacking knocking like sound. The timing is correct. I'm assuming the firing order is correct as well, But just ...
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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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Top speed of my Bajaj Pulsar 135 is decreased after changing Clutch plate

I would like to know if my clutch plate can be the reason that my top speed is now lower. Top speed of my bike is 115. I drove my bike after the clutch plate replacement and the top speed is now 90- ...
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Is pre-heating a modern engine worth it?

I have a 2011 Toyota Yaris and live in climate where -5C temperatures are common and -20C are not unheard of. The car has an electric engine pre-heater installed. I don't know exactly what is the type ...
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VW Bora V6 2005 - Sump Replacement Question

My sump cover has a huge hole and I'm going to replace it. Can I take the cover off from underneath the car or does the motor have to be lifted to recover the sump cover?
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Will an old engine have worse fuel efficiency than a new engine?

I have a gasoline-engine car that is four and half years old and has been driven for 60 000 kilometers. I have noticed that the fuel efficiency is not what it was when the car was new. However, I ...
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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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Who gets title if you sell a frame and an engine separately

I have a POS (Piece of S**t) salvage motorcycle I purchased cheap for a purpose which has now passed. I'm ready to get rid of it and there's a guy down the street that mentioned possibly wanting to ...
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Diesel Engine Runaway - What is it?

I was watching some youtube videos and diesel engine runaway videos started to pop up where apparently the diesel engine runs out of control until it destroys itself. My Question What is diesel ...
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Is the Chevrolet TPI batch fire injection?

I'm looking at a Chevy Tuned Port Injection (TPI) system from a 91 Camaro Z28 with a 350 cubic inch motor. Is the injection on this batch fire (fires all injectors at the same time regardless of the ...
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Engine continues to spin after putting in neutral

I have a 2001 Plymouth Neon, it has a manual transmission. Recently the car has started to not stop the engine when I shift into neutral. If I shift into neutral while moving, the engine will rev like ...
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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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oil level on dipstick

Which way should this dipstick be placed? When placed in with the bend facing towards the engine it gives a different reading from when placed facing the opposite way. There is not a great deal of ...
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What would be better for an engine driving at 60mph or 70mph? I wish to get the most miles out of my engine?

At 60mph my engine revs at 2800RPM and at 70 it's 3200RPM. My qustion is which condition would give the most miles from my engine.
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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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What is the “dollar bill” test?

One of the questions recently made reference to an exhaust failing the "dollar bill" test. How does one perform it and what does it tell you?
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74 Corvette with slight pop in exhaust

I've got a (new to me) 1974 Corvette with the 5.7 / GM 350 . Dual exhaust. Driver's side exhaust sounds perfect. Passenger's side exhaust has a subtle pop/rattle to it and does not pass the "dollar ...
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2015 Honda Fit iVTEC - Shifted into 2nd Gear at Highway Speeds

I was just driving on the highway and went to pass someone uphill, so I went to put it into 4th gear (from 5th or 6th). I somehow made the mistake of putting it into 2nd and the engine screamed and ...
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What would go into a tranny swap on a modern vehicle

I have a 1999 Isuzu trooper and I have been toying with the idea of doing an engine and transmission swap on it. If all goes well with the engine I plan on getting I would like to replace the ...
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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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Subaru Legacy cam belt change

I have got a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and it has done 90,000 KMs now. What is the best time to change its cam/timing belt? Is it by 100,000 KMs or 100,000 Miles? Thanks!
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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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Engine not functioning properly at idle (cold or hot), during driving, slow acceleration, does not increase speed

I have a VW POLO (6N2) - 1.4 (60Hk), from February 2000. After the car was standing still for 2 days in a rural area close to a stream (damp environment), the car had issues with being idling. Even ...
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Detect engine stumble or hesitation

I want to know if I can detect my engine is having hesitation/stumble problem from an OBD. I mean not from any fault codes, but from the parameters obtained from the OBD. e.g. calculate the obtained ...
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White smoke coming from hood in cold weather at a stop light? [2003 Ford Taurus SE, Vulcan Engine]

As winter approaches, I have been noticing that on some occasions in which it is relatively cold outside (20-30 degrees) ,and also early morning or night time when the temperature is low, that my car ...
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Engine surges when depress accelerator past a certain point

I have a 2003 manual Nissan Almera S petrol 1.5L with only 75,000 miles on the clock. Today the engine has started to surge. If I depress the accelerator pedal more than approx. ½ inch - 1 inch, the ...
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2001 Rover 25 Overheating

My Rover 25 started overheating a couple of days ago. It has had the head gasket replaced already some years ago, and I suspect this might be the beginning of another faiuler, so I'm going to take it ...
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What is the theory behind rpm and torque? [duplicate]

*I am sorry if this seems too basic for you guys. From what I understood is that fuel and air enters the cylinder, combustion occurs, Piston expands generating work and torque. The Rpm should match ...
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What does my serpentine belt run?

My F-150 '04 has a 5.4L Triton. I believe this is a pretty accurate diagram of the serpentine belt. I want to have a better understanding of what's under then hood. I'm pretty familiar with the basics ...
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Can driving long distances cause motor mounts to crack?

I have two cracked motor mounts on my KIA Sadona. I am curious as to what may have caused this. I am wondering if driving longer distances could cause it to happen It is a 2004 Kia Sedona EX. I ...
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What car would I need to buy (secondhand) to replace my currently wrecked BMW 318i motor? [closed]

Okay so I currently have a BMW e46 (318i) and i took it to my mechanic, motors wrecked etc etc. He suggested a cheaper alternative to fixing the motor would be to buy a whole new car (max 5k, second ...
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Ford ikon 1.8 nxt diesel - Starting problem [closed]

Ford ikon 1.8 nxt diesel. It has coverd 130000 kms. Now in winter, there is starting trouble. Mostly it takes 30 to 35 secs. Long self. I have checked its heater , hetaer timer ,fuel leakage , battery ...
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How would I go about becoming a mechanic?

So, for the most part, I know how an engine works. I understand how a car converts liquid fuel to physical power, and most of the concepts behind the operation of a vehicle. Recently, i've begun to ...
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Lawn tractor won't start

Not sure if this is the right stack exchange forum to post this in or not, hoping it is... I have a Toro lawn tractor which is having issues starting. I have been using it fine for the last few weeks ...
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how do I crank a remanufactured engine for the first time?

Just installed my first long block manufactured engine (360 in a 1987 Jeep j20). Got gas, spark and air. Engine turns over but will not hit to fire. Does a manufactured engine come with timing preset? ...