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Does engine performance decline over time, and if so, how much?

I currently drive a FIAT Punto 1.2 Active 3dr which is just over ten years old and sits at 68,000 miles. I've had the car for four years, and it's been serviced once during that period, when I got it, ...
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Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?

Are fuel system cleaners (like Gumout) worth using regularly?
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2008 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI cranks but won´t start

Ok, so I´m having this problem with a 2008 Ford Mondeo mk4 with a 2.0 TDci engine code AZBA, same one Peugeot uses in other cars such as the 407. Car was having trouble a few days back to start ...
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How to test injectors on a 1999 F-350 with a 7.3

How do you test injectors on a 1999 F-350 with a 7.3 motor? I think it might be misfiring.
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Is it normal for the oil to be dark in color right after an “oil change” in a 10-year old diesel car?

I took my 2002 Jetta TDI wagon to a neighborhood shop about 10 miles, 24 hours ago. They supposedly changed the oil, but the color is very dark, almost black. Definitely not light-colored/transparent. ...
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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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P0442: Faulty EVAP System

After seeing my CEL come on in my '05 Mazda 3 (just passed 100K mi.), I used my code reader to find out that the code was P0442. So I naturally came to this website to see what I could find on the ...
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diesel pressure issue Fiat Punto 1.3 JTD

I have a Fiat Punto 188 1.3 JTD Multijet and an issue, that brings me a headache since 2 years. The car is from 2005 and already has 180 000 miles down. Almost every time, the I fast accelerate from ...
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KIA Sedona 2003 Diesel Intercooler Turbo Low Fuel Mileage

I have a 2003 a Kia Sedona turbo diesel 2.9L, with intercooler. I am getting 5 km per liter of diesel consumed. I also have to do oil change and ATF replacement. I got the car 3 weeks ago. What are ...
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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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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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Symptoms of a clogged fuel line (pump runs but engine not starting)?

I removed the in-tank fuel pump from my '93 Golf Cabriolet to fix a fuel gauge issue. I noticed a small tear in the mesh filter that goes over the intake nozzle of the pump. I replaced the pump but ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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1993 Mazda MVP gets hot only when pressing on accelerator

We have replaced hoses and water pump and have had no problem with it getting hot. In the past week it has started to get hot, not overheated. It only happens after driving on highway when pressing ...
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1999 ford f350 will not start under 50 degrees

If my 99 ford f350 with a 7.3 diesel is not plugged in it will not start under 50 degrees what should I check?
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Small Engine Storage

I get conflicting info concerning small 4-cycle engine storage and would appreciate any recommendations. My snowthrower is stored in the off season April thru Oct. The manual for the engine says run ...
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air bubbles in diesel fuel line of peugeot 206

Hi I have a peugeot 206 1.9L Diesel (1999). I recently changed the fuel filter and now the engine is running very rough and sometimes cutting out especially at low speeds. I have noticed that there is ...
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Why didn't tuning box or remap work on my mondeo st tdci

I brought a tuning box a few months ago. When I fitted it, it didn't work so I sent it back. They tested it and it was working fine, so I tried it again, but it wouldn't make my car any quicker. So I ...
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Where can i find my car's schema?(seat ibiza ST 1.6 TDI)

I have a seat ibiza ST 1.6 TDI. Where can i find a schema which shows me where is the general parts(break hydrolic container, ECU etc. )
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how to increase mileage of petrol to match with diesel car

My relatives bought a diesel car and I found out that their gas mileage is better than my petrol gas mileage. Now, the price of petrol is soaring. Can I increase my mileage to match their gas mileage? ...
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Why can't I fill my gas tank in one go?

For the past couple of months, I've been having trouble filling my gas tank. I have a 2003 Hyundai Elantra, which has a 55-liter tank (approximately 14.5 US gallons). When I buy gas, the pump clicks ...
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Engine starts but almost immediately cuts out 3 or 4 times when starting

I have a Golf Mk2 that has been sitting a while and I am fixing up. When I start the car the engine catches but then dies almost immediately. I have to restart the car 3 or 4 times like this until the ...
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Most economical acceleration range

I am designing a GPS based acceleration meter for car. I'm planning to give user some scores based on his various acceleration practices. Not going to the electronics part of GPS, i want to know in ...
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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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Sea Foam vs Sta-bil

Is it unnecessary to use both Sea Foam and sta-bil at the same time in two stroke and four stroke engines, or is it advantageous to take advantage of the properties of both? Both products claim to ...
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Fuel Consumption and other Fuel related data from basic OBD-II parameters

I want to know how can i obtain the values of Fuel Consumption, Fuel Economy and other fuel related information from basic OBD-II parameters like Vehicle Speed, RPM, TPS etc. I have noticed that not ...
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What is causing air in my fuel line?

I have a 2003 Jetta TDI. I drove it last night with no problem. This morning I cannot start the car. I popped the hood, and discovered air in the fuel line between the fuel filter and injection ...
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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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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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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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Re-programming injection pump on French Ford Focus TDCi

I replaced the engine on my 2003 Ford Focus (French TDCi) and I plugged it to clear the error codes. Now it starts ok but stops after 10 minutes. I read that when a new injection pump is installed, ...
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Difference between high octane and low octane?

What is the difference between high octane and low octane fuel? I'm not asking if one is better than the other for my vehicle, specifically, but rather what occurs differently both scientifically and ...
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Why is my 2013 Kawasaki W800 running rough?

My Kawasaki has caused me all sorts of problems. The throttle bodies have been replaced due to rough running and cutting out, both chrome mudguards have been replaced due to excessive rust, after ...
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How much Octane Fuel does Honda CBR 250R (India Version) needs? 91 or 93?

Honda CBR250R STD 2013 Model's manual state that fuel(petrol) used should be 91 or more. Seems like they have defined the minimum threshold of RON than stating the optimum RON for the given bike. ...
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Does the amount of fuel in the tank matter?

As long as there is some fuel in the tank, does the fuel level matter? In other words, is it advisable to make sure the tank is mostly full most of the time, or is this just silly? In other words, are ...
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Are there any unbiased test results for Run-Rite products?

I recently had a tuneup done at a drive-in oil change company. They recommended (and I went for it) that I get a Run-Rite fuel system cleanup. This consists of an oil additive which is supposed to ...
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what can be the reason my old diesel Mercedes won't start?

The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz T1 model 308D. The engine is an old Mercedes-Benz OM601.940 4-cylinder indirect injection 58 kW (79 hp) 2299 dm3 diesel engine from year 1992. It's not a turbodiesel! - ...
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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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What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

I (like most people) just use regular unleaded gas in my car and always have. But once I accidentally put in the premium kind, mixing it with the unleaded that was already there, and I thought for ...
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I have an issue with Stepping on gas and no increase in speed

It only happens rarely.. but sometimes when stepping down the gas it would suddenly max out the speed gauge, and you hear the very loud engine noise as if i stepped down the gas all the way, but what ...
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Is the fuel in my engine under pressure?

I have a 2008 Seat Leon FR TDi and need to change one of the fuel pipe (which has become torn slightly). The hose is ~ £50 + VAT so I am keen to do it correctly. Can anyone advise if the fuel in my ...
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Test Gasoline for Water Content

I live in a small town, and the Gas station there has a bad reputation for gas quality. With rumors like peoples gas tanks freezing solid and such. Is there a quick, safe, cheap way to test for ...
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Fitting secondary fuel filter

My 2005 Daihatsu Copen has a "lifetime" fuel filter, inside the fuel pump housing, located in the fuel tank. I am wary that, over time, crud will get sucked up by this filter and saturate it. What ...
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How long does it take for gas to go bad?

Approximately how long does it take for unleaded gasoline in the tank and fuel lines to become unusable in a car that is not being used? What causes this, and what can be done to prevent or remedy ...
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vauxhall vectra cdti sri 150 running problems

I recently had low fuel pressure problems with my cdti. I took it to a garage and got the high pressure pump changed. After that it started no problem but after 15mins of it running, it started ...
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Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 - Difficulty Starting

Hyundai Tucson Diesel 2.0 2008 and takes at least 4-5 attempts to start before it idles badly for about 10 seconds and then is fine. Doesn't die at the traffic lights, no problems at all otherwise. ...
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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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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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How do I correctly monitor the fuel(diesel) in the automobile?

This is my first question in mechanics.stackexchange.com. I am a computer programmer and work in Location based services. Along with GPS monitoring, I want to give the clients , a proper manipulation ...