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Why are most engines made with even numbers of cylinders?

Why are most engines made with even numbers of cylinders? Are odd numbers of cylinders somehow less efficient than even ones?
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2011 Jeep Liberty ran without oil, did this cause my engine to blow?

I have a 2011 Jeep Liberty and the oil pan rusted out and it was driven for a while without oil. The oil pan was fixed a couple days later. This happened in April 2014, in Oct 2014 the engine started ...
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Motorcycle bogs down under load

I recently did a head gasket repair on my 1986 Kawasaki gpz1000rx and now that everything is back together it starts up fine, idles fine, and revs high without a problem while in neutral, but when I ...
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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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Is a greasy exterior a sign of bad maintenance?

All car's I've had (second hand and between 15-30 years old) have always had a greasy veil over engine components. I understand moving components need to be lubricated but this gives off the ...
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2004 Volvo S60 starting issue

I am interested in buying a 2004 Volvo S60. The guy selling the car says: "It won't start. When you try to start it. its as if the battery was bad, but it's not" Does anyone know what that means? ...
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Problem starting Husqvarna Kohler 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Mower

I am pretty new at this but I'm trying to learn more about my lawn mower. I am having problem starting the lawn mower, I've tried the following steps to diagnose the problem ... maybe I can get more ...
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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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Toyota Camry CE 2000 Clanking sound [on hold]

The car started making the sound when turned on and did not stop until turned off. Engine oil was checked and fine. Any ideas on what the problem is? It sounds like a deep knocking sound.
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Burning smell and faint white smoke

I have a 1999 Audi A4. Recently there is a burning smell when driving that is noticeable when stopped after driving. At night I noticed a faint white smoke blowing out of the front in the headlights. ...
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Car turns off when travelling at high speed

I usually keep a speed of 150-160 km/h (93-99mph) on the highway without any problems whatsoever. However, yesterday I decided to go up to 170 km/h (106mph) and the engine doing around 4600 rpm, when ...
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Estimate for head removal / reinstall

In changing the spark plugs in my 2000 Ford Mustang GT (4.6L), I sheared one of them (number 3) The ceramic is totally removed, as is the hex nut. The threaded portion as well as the ground electrode ...
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1999 Chevy Suburban Sluggish Start

My Suburban started doing something odd on starting before, but I'm not completely sure how to describe its behavior. It get's past the battery part fine when it's starting, and the starter motor is ...
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Cause of greasy gunk accumulation under exhaust headers

When examining my engine bay earlier, I noticed a large amount of black gunk built up on the bottom part of the engine under the exhaust headers. I removed the exhaust header heat shield and found ...
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1999 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L engine

Where can I get a wiring diagram for a 1999 jeep cherokee? I am having problems with a couple fuses blowing in the power distribution center under the hood and it causes the check gauges and check ...
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very low speed in fact no pick up at all and lot of vibration of my ford fiesta diesel

I don't know how to maintain a Ford Fiesta diesel car's engine which has lot of noise with no pick up and power steering oil leakage. My car has lot of problems like pick up, speed, mileage, rattling ...
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Mitsubishi Eclipse dies while driving, then won't stay on after cranking back up

I drive a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 4 cyl. It has a replaced engine from a Galant. The car has started dying on me seemingly randomly - I haven't seen a pattern in the fuel level, time of day, speed ...
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Jet ski maintainance

I have two old jet skis, one of which isn't working too well anymore. I'd like to learn how to fix it. I'd probably not be able to sell it for very much anyways. Are there any good books or resources ...
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Peugeot 207 gti depollution fault

Car starts rough but runs fine ,no loss of power. check engine light on and depollution system faulty on dash. Local garage scanned car and came up with camshaft sensor fault but they think timing ...
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What would be the best engine/ motor to build with limited material? [on hold]

An engineer has got only 50 kg of steel. He wants to build an engine / motor. He also wants his engine / motor to be the most powerful he could have built. What does he build? (2 stroke engine, 4 ...
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BMW 520d e60 2008 diesel engine won't start after switching off

I have a strange behaviour of my car. Engine starts well at any weather condition but after driving and switched off engine cannot start again for 20 - 40 minutes. After this time it starts like ...
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Check engine lights came up after Air filter change?

Yesterday I changed air filters in my car (Nissan supper saloon N16 - model year 2000). After installation the check engine light came on when I started the engine and the engine seemed to be running ...
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my car acts like its going to stall at a stop

my car drives fine but when i come to a stop light or any stop it acts like it will stall but never does. did some easy things like oil change. no check engine light is on but it seems to keep ...
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No power at higher RPM

I just had to do some fixes on my 1993 Kawasaki ZR750. I had some rust in the tank so I got it cleaned and sealed. To be thorough I also checked the rest of the system. Here's what I did: ...
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Why does my car cut off the first time I try to start it?

I'm trying to figure the problem with my 2004 Nissan Skyline I purchased about a year ago. Every time I start my car it cuts right off and for it to stay on I have to press the gas pedal in order to ...
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Safe Vehicle Operating Temperature while towing

I have a F-350 Dually that is capable of towing 16,000lbs. I regularly pull 14-15K lbs. I have a programmer that gives me a digital display of both my EOT and my ECT. What would you say is the ...
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Car dying at low RPM only after filling up with gas

My question is closely related to one about a Jag dying at low RPM, but is slightly different because it only occurs after refueling and because the problem persists after cleaning the throttle body, ...
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Why does GM still insist on push rod engines?

GM continues to design and produce push rod (Over Head Valve or OHV) engines while most of their competitors have gone to over head cam (OHC) configurations for their performance engines. Is there a ...
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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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Jerks on 2nd gear at low speed

My car jerks on second gear when I slow down while on second gear and then want to accelerate back. After changing the plugs and air filter it got a bit better but after driving 500+ miles it is back ...
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Manual engine has no power in third fourth and fifth gear when driving up an incline.

When my engine is in neutral it reaches red line with no problem. It also has power in first and second gear. The problem happens when i am driving up a long incline, I will be in third or fourth ...
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What mechanical revolution is measured in “RPM”?

I do realize that it stands for revolutions per minute, but what are the revolving pieces that are measured? Assuming it is the crankshaft, is RPM calculated by the crank shaft sensor, or by some ...
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What does a liter class engine mean?

I have had this question for a long time, can I assume that a 1000 CC engine is able to hold a liter (1L) of water content? Please let me know if my understanding is correct, so I can understand ...
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How do I make a self start bike using a Hero Honda CD 100?

Very, very new to this community. I want to customize my old bike with a self start along with user authentication via Bluetooth using a smart phone. I can make the electronics part (Means Software ...
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2006 Chevy impla 3.5

The coolant is hot and bubbling. The car is not overheating. I changed the water pump, the thermo sensor, thermostat and intake gaskets. Not sure if it sealed completely. Wondering, is it the head ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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How can I be sure that a rod knock is actually a rod knocking?

I have a 2005 Ford Escape 2.3 L engine, there is a knocking type sound as soon as the engine is started and the speed of the "knocking" follows the RPM. How can I be sure that it is in fact a rod ...
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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7 engine knock

My truck has been making a knocking noise upon acceleration. Today the knocking is constant and louder. What could this be? Pistons? Oil sludge? New motor?
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2000 Tacoma Stalls then Wont Idle

I have a 2000 Toyota Tacoma that has stalled 3 times in the past 6 months. The engine will turn off while exiting the freeway, admittedly at a faster pace than normal, and following the off-ramp as ...
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My brand new bike stopped while running - why? [duplicate]

I purchased a brand new Royal Enfield Classic 350 yesterday. This morning I rode it to my office (around 20 Km), parked in the basement, and in the evening I started to ride home. After 10 Km the ...
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Do valves rotate over time?

As I was doing my valve servicing, one question came to mind: As valves undergo millions of cycles of reciprocating motion, do they actually rotate or is their position relative to the seal fixed? Or ...
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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil

The other time I asked my mechanic, are my tires 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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How much force is needed to push a piston down? [closed]

Combustion from fuel and air is used to push a piston down. When they combustion it creates a lot of force, my question is how much force is needed to push the piston all the way down when the vehicle ...
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Engine oil sludge

My question is, have ever heard of it making engine oil gel, or turn sludgy if you can call that a word? I haven't, but 05 Chevy Equinox I'm servicing had this happen. Not sure if it started before or ...
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Triumph America 2002 running lean on one cylinder

I have a problem with my America 800 it's running lean on the right cylinder and when I adjust the mixture screw it makes no difference. The mixture was checked using an afr meter. The rubbers ...
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What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?

what is a drive-shaft and why we need it in a car? I do get the point of having crankshaft (using Wikipedia) but still confuse with drive-shaft
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Overheating and more

Hi I have a 2000 Buick park ave v6 3800 series and the problem started as a small leak in the radiator from the little drain plug so I righted that and the leak moved to the whole opposite side of the ...
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Corsa D Stuttering Accelaration with Malfunction Light flashing

I have a 1.2l Vauxhall Corsa D (62 plate) that has done 63K miles. A problem has developed over the last day or two that is becoming a concern, and has got worse over the last 24 hours. Whilst ...
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Heavy noise from the tappet of my RE Classic 350

I own a Royal Enfield Classic 350 (2014 model). After completing 10000 km, I started hearing an irritating sound from the tappet (service guys says so). At that time it didn't last long, so I thought ...
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Diagnostic, diy repair guides, technical manuals

So I was wondering for a list of good diy diagnostic, repair softwares (not obd). I am aware of Autodata, Vivid and Mitchell on Demand. What else do you know? I am also looking for a software that ...