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What (if anything) does the Sport button on a Mini Cooper do?

There is a button next to the stick shift labelled Sport. It feels like it just re-maps the throttle so the pedal is more sensitive, but does it really change anything about the performance, ...
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Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...
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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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Performance Exhaust — what, how, why?

I've seen performance exhaust pipes on sale for cars and motorcycles, and my questions are these: What does it do? (better performance [and how so?]? better mileage? cooler sounds?) Is/how is it ...
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Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars

I am looking at purchasing a 58 plate (late 2008) Seat Leon FR TDi 170. I am aware of the injector recall, however I would like to know for how long the problematic injectors were a problem for? The ...
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How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?

I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but ...
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Audi A4 2007 2.0T boosts but poor performance, fuel economy

My 80,000 mile 2.0TFSI Turbo Audi has lost a lot of performance but produces no check-engine-light (CEL) or codes. One month ago an independent garage looked at it and did $2200 of work including ...
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how to compute performance of clutch [closed]

I have this idea: attaching electric motor to clutch and then to a generator then computing when for example we 1kw give the motor how much generator will take back? now we have performance of ...
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v-tech now vs then

Back around 2003-2006 I looked into V-Tech which was using a variable cam lobe with a more agressive profile that engaged when "needed". Today, we have motors with a continuously variable valve timing ...
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Why does my automatic 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 seem to struggle when shifting gears?

It's happening more and more these days where I will hit the gas while at a complete stop. My car starts moving, but not as fast as it should based on how far I have the pedal down. Anymore, I can ...
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Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?

Earlier today while driving out East on Long Island I stopped to fill my tank with gas, and at the station, all the pumps had the usual Regular, Mid, Premium on one pump, but on the 2nd pump which ...
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Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties

I was toying with the idea of getting a bit extra from my 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco. It's a great car but I think the turbo is being control via the computer and in my opinion, could be a bit better. I was ...
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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What would be the most likely cause of engine sputter?

Most of the time my 2001 Honda Civic sounds like this... Vrooooooom. But some times when I start driving it sounds like this... Vrooom putt pa putt pa putt pa vrooooom. When it's in the "putt pa putt"...
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How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?

In general, how much power (HP) to the components on the the engine belt actually use? I'm trying to come up with an estimate of how much horsepower an engine wastes on things like the AC compressor, ...
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How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?

I am looking for ways to improve the life of the dual mass flywheel (DMF) in my 2005 Ford Focus tdci. I have heard that they can wear out quite quickly on the Ford Focus if they are driven in city ...
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Why is my motorcycle losing power when accelerating?

I ride a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle and over the past few days I find that the bike is losing power when accelerating fast. When I twist the throttle to accelerate quickly (in any gear) I hear the ...
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Is high octane fuel a requirement for high-compression engines?

I own and use a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 as my daily commuter vehicle. I'm not interested in trying to eek out a few extra miles on a tank, I want to keep the vehicle and its engine running as ...
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Static vs. Effective compression: Why does higher effective compression not require higher octane gas?

Background I've been trying to do a lot of research on boost lately because I'm planning on running a moderate turbo setup on my daily/light-duty-autox car in the future. I'm trying to get into the ...
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Should I get a reusable/washable air filter for my Kia Soul?

I've got a 2010 Kia Soul, and I was wondering if I should get a reusable/washable air filter, such as the K&N 33-2960. The reasons I would think to get such an air filter would be: Save on the ...
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How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?

I've seen numerous cars that for one reason or another, retard timing excessively at wide open throttle - getting worse over time. Seat of the pants impression is that power drops off steeply as RPMs ...