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Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

I read a little about DPFs and biodiesel. Some claim that there's a reduction in lubricity and/or viscosity of engine oil when using B30 or above. They warn about increased engine wear because of it. ...
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1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit

Back Story: I recently took my Geo Metro on a road trip. 2700 miles of road trip. The first 800 mile nothing happened. Then going up a hill it died, dropped from 75 mph to 55 mph then the engine ...
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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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Fuel leaking out of drain tube

I just purchased a 1985 Suzuki gs300l. When I put gas in the tank it immediately started pouring out the drain tube that is connected to the air box. What is wrong and how can I fix it?
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2003 Ford Escape..strong fuel smell

2003 Escape 3.0L V6 149,000 miles 4x4. Three weeks ago a very strong fuel smell coming from rear of vehicle after I park it. Don't smell it anywhere else. Replaced the original fuel cap with after ...
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Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?

Here in Colorado, gas stations sell "regular" gasoline which is rated at 85 octane ((M+R)/2). In most of the rest of the US, 87 octane is the lowest grade available. (As noted previously, higher ...
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What is E85 gasoline and how can I avoid it?

My new mower says not to use E85 gasoline. What is E85 gasoline, why should I avoid it, and how do I know if I'm buying it?
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2007 prius premium gas or not?

I have a 2007 prius with around 125000 miles. my mileage dropped about a year ago. I had the fuel jets cleaned, but it didn't really make a difference. the dealer shop said it probably was the ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines the require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing

I have a problem with my car. My car: BMW 330D, 135kw, 2001 year, E46. A week ago my turbo charger got broken when I was driving. There was a lot of white smoke going out of exhaust and there was ...
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Marine Diesel fuel filter vacuum gauge spiked — filters are new

I've got an 80-HP marine diesel engine (in a sailboat, naturally). I've got a the Parker/Racor 75500MAX dual fuel filter system with an attached vacuum gauge to monitor resistance. For the first few ...
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Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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1987 Ford Ranger fuel gauge not working right

My fuel guage will work but when it gets to half a tank it will drop to empty with in a few minutes but still has gas in it.
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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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2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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VW Golf 2.0 SDI (2005) - smokey when pulling away

Over the last 12 months I have noticed that as I pull away and put my foot down a little more, there is often a bit more of a cloud of smoke left behind. Its not thick smoke but still it seems like ...
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Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?

I initially thought there should be a way to bolt on a small aftermarket turbo onto my naturally-aspirated Honda D17A2 (9.9:1 compression ratio) engine in my EM2 Civic EX without having to switch from ...
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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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Why wasn't my engine getting fuel?

This is a 1975 Ford F-350. It has been sitting idle for 6 months, and is rarely used. Normally, when I try to start it after sitting for a long time, it takes a bit of cranking before it starts. I ...
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How to diagnose ABS problem (ABS light on) on a 1992 Volvo 940 turbo diesel estate?

The ABS light came on after car was not used for a few weeks and a new battery fitted. The ABS light is now on all the time. The garage can't find the diagnostic plug. Any ideas on either of the ...
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Determining how many miles can be covered on full tank [closed]

I'm interested in the following cars, but the questions apply equally well to any car: Audi TT Lexus IS 200 (SE or not?) I'm finding it difficult to determine the following: How do I figure out ...
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2003 Nissan 350 Z won't accelerate

We own a Nissan 350 Z and this morning it would not start. It would turn over but it wouldn't fire. After pulsing the gas a little bit it would start but then letting off the gas would cause it to ...
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What could be the reason and solution to a sudden drop in mileage?

Got my Suzuki Swift Diesel serviced two months back, and all of a sudden the mileage dropped from 20kmpl to 12kmpl and that is confusing! After i returned to Service shop, the guy said that there is ...
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2000 Honda Civic Dead Fuel / Temp Guage

I am having a problem with the Fuel / Temp Guage on my 2000 Civic. I just bought the vehicle second hand, it came with the original Dash Cluster and another one swapped from another civic, which ...
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Check engine light between 1300-1800 RPM

I have a 1995 gmc Sierra hd with the 6.5L turbo Diesel engine in it. I just recently bought it and when ever I hold around 1300-1800 rpm the check engine light comes on, when I take my foot off the ...
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Cleaning a Jerrycan

I have a couple of 10 Litre steel jerrycans which I used for draining kerosene (UN1223 28sec burning oil) from a tank. After disposing of the kerosene I left the open jerrycans upside down over some ...
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Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?

Not as simple as the title suggests.. I wouldn't hesitate to drive a few more miles to find ethanol-free gas for the snow blower and generator, but there is none to be found. After looking around ...
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How do I make my 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace start more easily?

My 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace Diesel is not starting easily, or occasionally not starting at all. I have: Tested the glow plugs - all quick and fully bright; Changed battery; Changed the air ...
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Why does my gas not fill all the way?

Same as the title. I have filled twice, different stations, both fill to just over 3/4 and stop. I am not sure if this is the gauge or something with whatever magic tells the pump to stop. Is there ...
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Filling diesel vehicles - Vent trick

According to this site it is possible to get more diesel fuel in your tank by pressing in the vent latch on the filler neck: Look inside the filler neck and you can see a button, see below for ...
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leak in rear-left of 1998 Honda CRV

I have a Honda CRV which is parked on a very very slight hill, nose up. There is a small puddle just inside of the rear-left wheel that smells like gasoline. When I crawl up under I can see some ...
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How can increase the fuel-efficiency of my vespa bike?

My factory Vespa bike can travel around 150 KM with its 200 CC engine and 8 lt. of gasoline. What are the suggested modifications to increase the fuel efficiency that one refill will cover? Without ...
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2002 pontiac grand prix gtp fuel consumption

Just recently my sending unit has broke on my gas gauge and I filled the car with gas and I am wondering if anyone knows aproximately how many km on the odometer can I go with a full tank of gas just ...
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Alternate fuel for motor cyce

In some countries, Government mixes ethanol with petrol & diesel and distributes it to their consumers. This will save some of their imports. My question is Can I blend petrol with Zatropha ...
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How can I increase the life of my diesel engine when my car does lots of small trips?

What things can I do to increase the life of my diesel engine when I make lots of shot trips in the car? My daily routine means that the trip to work goes via another destination which gives my ...
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Power Inverters as Emergency Generators?

After being hit by Hurricane Irene last week, I happened to loose power for literally one week so rather than rely completely on batteries and being a nomad, I used my Cobra 400 watt power inverter ...
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Will a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 reliably run on home distilled alcohol?

I posted a question at a sister site; Why use steam instead of alcohol in Army of Darkness? It is suggested in the comments and an answer that without major modifications the V8 in the Oldsmobile will ...
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Can I use ethanol instead of petrol in my car?

I have a 2001 Ford Focus (EU/UK spec) and I'm planning a road trip to Europe. My research shows that they serve up something called E85 at their petrol pumps in addition to petrol and diesel. I've ...
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How do I troubleshoot an old two-cycle engine that stalls after idling for 20 seconds?

I have a craftsman trimmer that I've not used in years. I'm using semi-old fuel mixture so I definitely know that may be contributing but I think this happened when I was using it prior to this. ...
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What is the difference between an intake manifold and a fuel rail?

I have read that intake manifolds distribute the fuel evenly to all the fuel injectors-- but then I read that the fuel rail did that exact same thing. So obviously I'm missing something. Help!
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Do I really need to use that expensive grade of fuel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol? The owner's manual that comes with my car says that I should use the more expensive higher octane fuel for the ...
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High oil pressure after oil and filter change

I recently changed the engine oil and filter in my Westerbeke diesel. I gave it the usual (and specified) 4.5 quarts of SAE 30, specifically Chevron DELO. Now when it starts up it reads 80 psi of ...
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Volume of fuel reserve in MB E200 W211 2004

I wonder how much fuel is still left in the reserve tank when the yellow fuel reserve indicator lights up in Mercedes-Benz W211 E200 Kompressor (2004).
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Toyota Sprinter does not specify octane rating

I have recently acquired a 1999 Toyota Sprinter (Japanese domestic import). I realised that the engine "ping" so someone recommend to use 90 Octane petrol. I went through the manual but it only says ...
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VW Jetta II - engine misfires when climbing a hill

This is a VW Jetta made in 1984 with 1.6L petrol engine (code "EZ"). It starts OK (though if it has been a wile since last start, it takes some cranking to start the engine), but when climbing a hill, ...
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What can cause gas to blow back into air filter in a motorcycle

I have a 1987 kawasaki ninja. I've had it for two years and it ran good until this year. When I started it this week, gas started to flow back into air filter box. Has anyone ever encountered this? ...
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1986 VW Jetta Glow Plugs Not Getting Current

My 1986 VW Jetta seems to have a cold air sensor switch that isn't working. When I turn the key on and wait the little yellow light glows and then turns off just like it should but the plugs don't ...
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Engine has become noisy

I have a 1993 Mercedes 308d. It always used to be fairly quiet, but recently the engine has started to sound quite noisy. Its OK when started then after it gets warm you notice when you come to a ...
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Starting the car with dis-functioning fuel pump

I have mazda 6 diesel 2003 136hp and a problem with a fuel pump. It seems that the suction control valve (SCV) needs to be replaced. The problem is that the car will not start and I have to go to ...
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1999 diesel Ford fiesta not starting

I'm having trouble starting a 1999 ford-fiesta, diesel (EN engine), that would be mk4 of fiesta. What I tried (in that order) was: Changed fuel filter Tried starting spray (the engine seems to have ...