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Overfilling the oil level [duplicate]

I recently had my oil changed on my 2004 Buick Century. Does overfilling the oil level harm the engine?
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Ferrari 3.0L V8 - muffler positioning, and x-flow for specific sound

I am re-designing a Ferrari exhaust system with 2 objectives: 1: enhance the specific high pitch raspy sound that you expect from a small Ferrari V8. 2: achieve a good free-flow design. There is ...
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1999 Grand Prix started to consumed gas

My 1999 Grand Prix is well-maintained. After an oil change it started to consume gas and oil as usual for a week, then started to shake when idling, and slow and gaging when accelerating and feel ...
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During acceleration, tachometer needle raises, but speedometer needle does not raise until RPM hits over 2

I have a 2000 Honda Accord SE. I have noticed that when I stepped on the gas pedal after coming to a complete stop, or just starting a drive, the tachometer needle would raise while the speedometer ...
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What is the difference between torque and horsepower?

A very basic question - what is the difference between torque and horsepower? Its all over Google, but I am really confused and can't get any satisfactory answers. I'll tell you my confusion: Torque ...
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2006 Honda Fit loses power after starting, but runs normally when warmed up

I have a question similar to this one: "What would cause a car to lose power a few seconds after starting, then run normally?". The answers from that question didn't help me for my car and I am having ...
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Burning air pressure switch

I use a 12 V air compressor at my car for air suspension which I understand is draining around 30-35 A. The problem what I have is overheating and eventually burning the pressure switch and ...
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2000 Honda Accord won't start when engine is warm

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. A few years ago I started having an issue with the car not wanting to start once the engine was warmed up. I finally took it to the dealership and they diagnosed that ...
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02 Accord, rough idle and hesitates when cold

2002 Honda Accord EX, L4-2254cc 2.3L SOHC (VTEC) MFI, 108,000 miles. Recently bought it from a private owner and was told nothing was wrong with the car. Car starts rough when the engine is cold. ...
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Replace Yamaha FZ6 radiator for two smaller ones

I bought the engine of a Yamaha FZ6. I want to use it to run a competition single seater car we are builiding in the university. The engine didn't bring the radiator with it. I would like to ...
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Why are my wing mirrors being weird?

Today whilst I was trying to park my 2004 VW Passat B5.5, I noticed that something to do with my wing mirrors wasn't working quite right. When the toggle was on the left position, the left wing mirror ...
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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What is spark plug heat range

I was watching a show and their project was adding a bolt on turbo kit. In the process they mentioned that they needed a colder spark plug. What does a hot or cold spark plug mean? What changes ...
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Honda Odyssey ex-l res anti theft radio code issue

Battery connection got loose and the radio system got shut off. I fixed the connection by tightening the battery cable (not sure how this happened as my car gets serviced at a honda dealer only). Now ...
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What is the best way to remove a stuck/rusted exhaust bolt?

I'm trying to disassemble the exhaust system on a 2000-2003 nissan maxima and I'm having trouble removing one last bolt.. its got a 14mm head and its just plain STUCK. I've tried soaking it overnight ...
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Replace car batteries with capacitors?

I recently watched this video on YouTube which basically shows the guy replacing a larger capacitors with some smaller capacitors which he had bought. The larger capacitors were actually in place of a ...
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What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?

It's been in the garage all winter. It starts, but I'm nervous about getting it to a mechanic (about 10 miles away). It's a 2007 Honda Rebel 250cc. I have zero maintenance experience. None. A couple ...
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What Damage may Accompany a Broken Axle

I was looking at buying a 98 Honda Shuttle with a broken right side axle, and was wondering what other damage I should keep my eyes open for which might normally be seen together with a broken axle.
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Differences between Homogenous and Stratified-Charge operation

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is becoming increasingly common in road-going production vehicles. From what I've read, GDI enables both stratified-charge and homogeneous modes of operation, which ...
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0answers
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Could I implement the modern Atkinson cycle on a petrol engine with variable valve timing?

So I've been learning about the Atkinson cycle. Based on my limited research, it seems that if I have ability to remap variable valve timing and fueling on a gasoline engine running simple ...
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1answer
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What oil should I use for Hyundai Sonata 2004?

What oil should I use for this car? How do I know when I should change the oil for my car?
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1answer
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Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

I have a 2002 Mazda B3000 (essentially a Ford Ranger) that almost never starts on the first attempt. Usually it takes 2 or 3 tries before the car finally turns over. Each time I hold in the crank I ...
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R56 mini cooper turbo sounds

I have a 2010 mini with a r56. the loss of power light comes on when I step on it. I know the PCV valve is bad on it and can set this light. I also have a rear main seal leak so the turbo has to come ...
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0answers
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instrument cluster warning lights

my car...UK FORD FUSION 1.6 AUTO.2006. ABS, BRAKE SYSTEM, ENGINE MANAGEMENT warning lights are on, the speedometer is not working and the oddometer is showing dashes. Initial checks I have made, ...
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Dynamometer Question - How is it operated and what are they doing?

When guys are doing dyno runs they to do it in a gear, interact with the keyboard and then do it again in another gear. It seems they do multiple runs in multiple gears. In this post Paulster ...
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SMAX Zetec 2.0 TDCi 2010 Plate - Why wont my car start ? (see video)

Car used to start fine 49 out of 50 times but without obvious reason it sometimes struggled to start (as seen in video). This can be on a cold start or a warm start. Happens in warm, cold, wet and dry ...
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1answer
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How to trigger headlight washers on 14' Audi s4 b8.5

This is driving me crazy but I do not understand what triggers the headlight washers? Looks like sometimes when I turn on windshield washer, I see mist above my hood and I imagine that it is coming ...
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How to maintain a car's interior when left unused?

My friend owns a five year old Skoda Fabia, which he uses once in a month or two as he goes out of the town frequently. His car is fully covered while it is parked in the garage. Recently when he ...
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158 views

Why is my Chevy 2008 Cobalt not acting as though it's getting enough fuel and reading “cylinder 4 misfire?”

I have a Chevrolet 2008 Cobalt (LS) that I've had for about 7 years. No sooner do I have this thing payed off, when it starts giving me the following problem (I've never had any trouble with it ...
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0answers
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engine light is blinking

I have a 2004, 800cc Chevrolet spark, when the engine light blinks, it jerks and loose power as if it can stop, when the light is off, it performs normal, this days I can't drive it because it is ...
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Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?

I always had the habit of shifting to neutral on long declines and using the brakes to slow down as needed. Intuition made me believe I'd be saving fuel as opposed to keeping a gear engaged. However, ...
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1answer
47 views

Unable to remove oil drain screw

Ok first oil change I've ever done the plug will not come out? I used a bar cheater bar it turns and turns but will not come out. what do i do? I deliver pizza I need this vehicle. Its bad enough I ...
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1answer
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How to diagnose blown tail lamp fuse

Last night, the passenger-side tail-light on my step-daughter's 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer ES went out. After determining that the bulb was OK, we looked in the fuse box, and saw that one of the two 7.5 ...
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3answers
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Identify rear indicator light wiring to install LED resistor

So off the back of a previous question, I need to install a resister to my cluster in order for the LEDs in the indicators to work properly and not hyper flash. Here is an image of the wiring that I ...
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2answers
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What's inside a spring shock absorber?

With (standard) spring shock absorbers like this one: What's inside the body of the piston part? Is there some kind of fluid inside or is it just air and empty space for the piston to thrust into? ...
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2answers
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Problems with the accelerator please help

2009 Toyota Camry. At first my battery was flat, this has happened 3 times in the past 2 months. The last time this happened, I jump started it and went to take my car for a drive. As I placed my ...
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2answers
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What is this noise from the front (tires or such)

I'll start off by saying this is NOT the sound of the engine, even though it does sound like a sports car engine, this is how my engine sounds https://youtu.be/l33msAzBg5k?t=178 Car: Citroen C4, ...
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2answers
412 views

Checking the motor's RPM without an in-dash tach

I'm going to be doing a carb rebuild this weekend on an 84 Ranger. The truck doesn't have a tach, but I'll be needing to read the RPMs to properly adjust the carb once its rebuilt. Is there a way of ...
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1answer
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Charging battery after a jump start

A friend accidentally let the battery in his car run out by leaving the car lights on. He managed to get it going again with a jump start, but he wasn't sure how long he'd have to drive to ensure that ...
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1answer
31 views

Strange noises from AC/Dash board

So I'm hearing a creepy/whooshing sound coming from the dash board and the sound disappears when I turn off the AC. Time to have the AC system replaced? Recently had coolant replaced. Anyone ...
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1answer
71 views

Any possibility of engine stall if engine brake is active during gear shift?

My understanding: Engine brake uses engine friction to damp the vehicle momentum. If one wishes to apply engine brake to assist manual gearshift,(activate engine brake, rpm dies, shift to lower ...
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0answers
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2009 Honda VTR250 motocycle losing power [closed]

My 2009 Honda VTR250 is loosing power during long rides. The throttle at this time does not pick and it slowly stalls. I tried replacing the plugs but still has not worked. It only solves the problem ...
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1answer
35 views

Driving car with half engaged clutch

Say I am driving my car (Hyundai i10) at 2nd gear. My clutch is engaged. As I increase my throttle position, rpm will increase and so will speed of the car till a point when the speed wont increase ...
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1answer
54 views

How to Tell if an IAC needs to be Cleaned?

Is it possible to diagnose an IAC as needing cleaning without actually taking it apart? For example, I recently was having some idle issues with my 99 Nissan Almera 1.6L which were solved by ...
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1answer
322 views

Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
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2answers
37 views

Peculiar Interior Lighting Issue

Recently a friend of mine was driving a VW Fox (not new, I'm not sure what year but it was certainly 5+ years old) home in the dark with the lights on. Strangely, after a minute or two of driving all ...
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1answer
49 views

2002 golf dead battery - Was able to jump - Bad alternator or Battery

I have a 2002 Golf. I put the car on the drive on Friday night and tried to use it on Wednesday and it was dead. No lights, no display nothing. I came home and jump started and it ran fine. No stalls ...
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2answers
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pulsating loud noise from new spare tire, that was already balanced

I got a spare wheel off of CL and got a new tire from a store where it was stretched to the wheel and then balanced. When I mount this spare , it make pulsating noise and it increases beyond 50 mph ...
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1answer
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What gauge wire should I use for adding USB ports to my car?

I want to add powered USB ports to my car to charge various devices with. My plan is to order these USB soldering connectors fuse holders, 3amp fuses, and some wire. Now I would find a hot wire ...
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2answers
176 views

Sputtering and jerking while driving

I have a 2003 Ford Focus and it started sputtering a month ago. I've put gas treatment in and if I keep a full tank it's fine, but once it gets around half a tank it sputters. Now it sputters the ...

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