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2006 Pontiac g6 rough idle and intermittent spongy brake and starting issue

I have a 2006 Pontiac G6 with 160k on the 3.5 motor. Around 155k the brake pedal went hard and spongy. Also, about 1 in every 40-50 times I start it cold, the starter will turn without a successful ...
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How do modern engines differ than older ones

Modern engines produce more horsepower with more fuel economy but with the same procedure of burning the fuel air mixture and moving the piston, but the old ones and new ones are both four cylinders ...
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Does stalling damage my car?

I sometimes stall my car, as I have a new one and the biting point is so high. Anyway, someone told me stalling damages my car, but all it does is force the engine to a stop... Does constant ...
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2001 GMC Jimmy wont start?

Hi I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy it was running fine, then parked it. it starting acting funny, sometimes would take a couple times to start, so checked my oil dipstick, it read a little high and smelt ...
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Had major overheat issue but engine was rebuilt 3 months ago

I had my engine completely rebuilt three months ago (new gaskets, timing belt, water pump, etc.) and yesterday the engine completely overheated (temperature was at the mid-line, then 10 minutes later ...
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What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 Petrol, has a high air intake. Here is the approximate location of it: [ Here is the engine bay, showing the air intake on the left. Is the height of the bottom of the ...
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what engine came in 2007 chevrolet avalanche LTZ?

I have a 5.3 Liter engine from a 2007 Chevy Avalanche LTZ. I removed it and swapped in a 6.0 for a customer. What is the name given to this V8? It has an aluminum block and cast 243 heads. I need to ...
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2000 Toyota Celica GT stalls with acceleration few minutes after starting

I have a 2000 Toyota Celica with about 180k miles. When my car has been off for a few hours and I try to start it up, if I try to press on the gas (either in drive, reverse, or park) within a few ...
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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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ENGINE OIL BEEN FOUND IN THE RADIATOR

what could be the possible cause of oil leaking into the radiator when the engine is running. I have changed the O-rings on the oil cooler and pressure tested the cooler
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Losing power on acceleration and top end speed

I have a Big Boy GPR 250. When I ride the bike, I can feel a clear lack in power when accelerating. Also, revs are very low when riding at top end. I've also noticed my top end has lowered by 20kmph ...
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Changing Freeze Plugs on a Mazda 626

On a 98 Mazda 626 4 cylinder 2L engine where are the freeze plugs and how hard is it to replace them?
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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?

I recently overfilled a 4 stroke lawnmower engine with oil. It has been run for about 1.5 hours while overfilled. It smokes a lot right after being started but after 30 seconds or so the smoke clears. ...
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Do I have battery or engine problems?

Yesterday, I used my car to drive literally 2mins. Away from my dorm building to get to my class building and back because of bad weather. 30+mins. Later I come back outside and use my remote to ...
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Needle Going Wild in Engine Vacuum Test

My '96 Saab 900S has multiple symptoms, and I suspect multiple problems. For one thing, it gets the error code: P0422 Main Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1) I made a video of my vacuum ...
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How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars?

I have a volkswagon passat wagon. It just reach 70000M and it is 2007 model. I recently check the engine at the dealership. Now they asked me to replace all the following items to fix engine overheat ...
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Car won't start problem

I have a problem with my car it won’t start. Just a little background on my car, I have a 2008 Nissan Versa and I have a cold air intake installed in my car with a hydro shield covering the air filter ...
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Ford explorer 4.0L working battery engine wont turn over

After getting home last night I parked my car as usual. The next day I went to start it and nothing happens. All interior lights and Windows work so it's not the battery. Anyone have any idea what I ...
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Why would I paint my car engine?

I've been watching Pete's Garage on YouTube and the guy is absolutely amazing and very enlightening on the subject. He has at least one video on engine painting but he mentions it in a number of ...
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How often to start/drive a vehicle to keep it healthy?

In order to keep a gasoline-powered vehicle healthy, how often does it need to be started or driven? Please specify if it actually needs to be driven, or if just starting it and letting it run is ...
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MG Rover Immobiliser removal

I have a 2003 MG Rover Streetwise, I need to remove or at least completely bypass the OEM Immobiliser. Driver door lock is broken due to attempted theft, so no point trying to enter the code, the key ...
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Engine Running Fast in Park

Never had this issue before but I just started my vehicle and the tac automatically revved up to 1500 rpm when I cranked it. It didn't go back down while in park, it basically idled at about 500 rmp ...
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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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Why would welch plugs start leaking?

I have a VW Citi Golf, and the Welch plugs on the engine block suddenly started leaking water. The engine sounds fine, but it obviously leaked a lot of water and although I didn't drive far, I'm not ...
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Why is lugging hard on connecting rods?

I was researching the effects of lugging and came upon this thread, one of whose answers claims that lugging is really hard on the connecting rods. but without explaining why. Can you explain ...
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Why my bike shows petrol missing before 2000 RPM in all gears?

I am using Hero Karizma R (225cc, 5 gears). Recently I feel a missing in all gear befor 2000 RPM. Sometimes my bike turn off due to this missing. Usually it happens at 1st/2nd gears. After 2000 RPM ...
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Inconsistent warm engine tick sound in 2013 F-150

I'm the original owner of a 2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7 which now has 30,000 km. After the last oil change, the engine is making an inconsistent tick sound when warm and also vibrates a little. The ...
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Why use a 12-cylinder engine over a 8-cylinder engine

When I look at Laborghini Veneno and compare it for example to the Ferrari 458 Italia I can see that Lamborghini used a V12 while Ferrari placed a V8 inside the 458 Italia. I wonder why Lamborghini ...
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Coolant/antifreeze leaking out of engine block (See photo/video)

I'm not sure exactly what is going on with my vehicle ('98 Wrangler, 4.0L), but it's pretty obvious something is wrong. I think I might have had some minor coolant leaking after the past few times ...
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After five years in garage diesel car wouldn't start, what should be done?

One of my friends left his car in the garage since five years back and he has lived abroad since then. He left it with a full tank(its a diesel), and it ran perfectly well back then. Now he's back and ...
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Car wont turn over after trying to get it out of snow

I have a 1998 Mustang V6. Last winter I attempted to get it out of the snow on an inclined driveway. I revved it apparently too hard and the engine sputtered for a moment and stopped. Since then it ...
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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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Add 2 stroke oil to a 4 stroke petrol engine during burn-in period

I'm planning to get a new petrol (gasoline) car soon. A friend of mine, who worked as a motorbike mechanic when he was young, told me he puts a small quantity (125 ml / 4 oz) of 2 stroke oil in the ...
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Acceleration and engine issues

So I have a manual 02 Chevy Cavalier with 147000 miles 2.2L. I have been noticing that when I fully step on the gas I get zero acceleration. It gets even worse when I'm in either 4th or 5th gear after ...
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What can I do to give my lawn mower more power?

I have a 21" Craftsman push lawn mower with a Briggs and Stratton 7 hp engine that is about 6 years old. I've got it cutting on the highest setting, and it still has issues cutting the grass without ...
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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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Reboring a cylinder: compression ratio of new piston

I'm going to have the cylinder of my 2004 TT600RE motorcycle rebored (because it's damaged, not to increase power). The manual says the piston size is 95mm and the compression ratio is 8.5 : 1. I'm ...
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Rough Acceleration & ticking noise

Vehicle: 2000 Blazer 4WD Automatic 260,000+ miles (Runs perfectly if not for something going wrong every two weeks) Symptoms: Engine sounds rough when accelerating When accelerating there's a ...
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Car sputtering and stalling when idle and going into first gear

My 2005 Honda accord is starting to sputter and stall. It started all of a sudden one day and figured it might be my oil so I had it changed since it was time anyway. That seemed to work fine there ...
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Popping Sound when A/C is on - 2009 Kia Rio

I've noticed that, when I first start my car, there is an intermittent popping or clicking sound coming from up near the engine (sometimes it almost sounds like a very quick burst of air escaping a ...
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How Much Liquid Can I Put In My Cylinders Safely?

I wanted to do a little bit of a "scientific" test to see how well a homebrew seafoam type mixture will dissolve carbon deposits on the cylinder crowns. I thought of simply taking the plugs out and ...
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Milky Oil in the radiator - Mazda 323

My vehicle has oil in the radiator and I have checked the head gasket matter fact I replaced it with a new one and there still is oil In the radiator may I ask what could be another reason for oil to ...
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Toyota Camry 2000: Odd Coughing when starts

Recently, I notice that my car begins coughing couple minutes after it starts. It have happened since Jan, 2012. First, I thought it might be due to Winter since it is cold weather. However, it ...
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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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Truck won't crank; no sound from starter relays

I have a 1997 Expedition, which badly needed a tune up: the motor was shaking. I changed the plugs, which stopped the shaking; two days later the truck won't start. The battery is hot and the lights ...
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2005 Honda Civic - Oveheating

So my car has been overheating for over 1 year. It overheated during summer or when I went 80mph only. I recently saved up enough money to get the car fixed. I brought it to my mechanic and informed ...
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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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96 Toyota Camry won't stay started

My 96 Camry starts first time every time then stalls after 10-20 seconds? Last year it ran fine but rarely would stall @ running speed. I had to set for 2-3min before it would start then it ran ...
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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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Gas pedal not responding

It just doesn't work, as if I weren't even pressing it and it happens regardless of the speed. I have to turn the engine off and on again and it'll work for another 3 or even up to 20 minutes ...