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How do I properly break in an engine after a rebuild

I just changed my engine's piston rings and do not know how long I should let the engine break in. The engine is an '06 Chevrolet 1.5L SOHC. And how is the procedure done just by letting it sit idly?
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Pranged bearing bracket on main driveshaft: can I drive the car?

My son took my wife's all-wheel CR-V down a rough road and bent one of the suspension brackets for the central drive shaft. The car was still movable, but made grinding noises as he drove the last few ...
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1answer
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1997 Subaru WRX STI Type R - Strange and occasional turbo lag

After a longer drive (45 minutes on highway) my turbo is spooling but not putting power to the tires. The revs just kinda bounce there like it's hitting a limiter but it's only around 5k rpm. This ...
5
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1answer
38 views

Are mutliple oil and filter changes necessary to 'clean' an engine?

I was having low oil pressure issues on my 2007 VW Jetta. The oil pump filter was dirty because the previous owner didn't did the minimum oil changes. I took it to a mechanic and he did an oil ...
4
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0answers
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Brake pad and caliper seizing

I changed my brake pad,caliper and rotor for all 4. its a 2004 Nissan Murano. After that, when I am driving inside the city for an hour or so and perform frequent braking, the front right side brake ...
3
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1answer
21 views

Solid front axle squeak while steering in wet conditions

I have had a squeak when I turn my steering wheel for about 6 months now, and it's driving my insane. The squeak shows up after a day in the rain, and lasts about a week after the last time driving ...
3
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1answer
38 views

Engine block (?) break, please confirm and suggest causes - 2003 Suburban

There was no indication of a problem last time the vehicle was driven. This morning when starting there was immediate clang/grind sound and rocking of the vehicle. Motor oil began leaking below the ...
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2answers
209 views

Standard Practices for Use and Care of Click-Type Torque Wrenches

Torque wrenches, while straightforward in concept, require much different use and care compared to a regular ratchet. This can be confusing to someone who has never used one before. There are several ...
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1answer
56 views

Car goes in reverse when put in drive

Car:2007 Chrysler 300 2.7 I went to start my car this morning, put it in drive, but it wouldn't go. Then I put it in reverse and it would drive back as well as neutral. So then I turned the car ...
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1answer
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Can I fix the power seat in my ML430 myself?

My 1999 ML430 is on its last legs, and one of the issues is that the power driver's seat is stuck in one position, all the way at the back and partially reclined (my husband can drive it now, but ...
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1answer
25 views

Can a tyre of r14 fir into a wheel of r14 [closed]

I ve rim of r13. Is it possible for wheel size r14 to fit into this ..I don't Want to change the wheels
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1answer
33 views

BMW R1200GS LC Warm Up

How long should I warm up the engine before starting casually riding it in the city for keeping the engine as healthy as possible? Not at all, 30sec, 5 min or longer? And how long NOT to warm up ...
2
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1answer
21 views

Troubleshooting wires and fusable links in '96 Dodge Dakota 4 cyl. 5 speed manual

On the AC compressor, what wire is hot? Black with white stripe or solid black?
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1answer
32 views

dirt bike low rpm lugging

I have a 84 Honda XL350R. I know redlining a dirt bike is not good, but what about lugging in a high gear? When I say lugging I mean lugging.(no throttle whatsoever, can say the 4 stroke cycle suck,...
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0answers
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What other material could be used instead of a platinum catalyst in a fuel cell?

I what to know what other cheaper ( but durable ) material could replace platinum in a fuel cell.
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2answers
37 views

1996 Ford E350 (5.8L) Mass Air Flow Sensor - where is it?

I can't find the MAF sensor on my 96 Ford E350. (Been googling for hours :)) In case a picture helps: Like I said, I've been looking for quite a while, and I can't find anything. Thanks!
3
votes
1answer
43 views

What is causing my starter to arc?

I put a new solenoid in and went to start the motor. The starter ran continuously with the key off. I overrode the solenoid and tried hooking the ground to the engine, and I touching the positive ...
6
votes
1answer
87 views

Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

Every now and then when I get home after a long day, I pull into my driveway and while the car is stopped (foot on the brake), I turn the vehicle off without putting the vehicle in "Park". Car is ...
4
votes
1answer
56 views

What is this part?

I've been trying to source a new part for my cost but have no idea what it's called. Can anyone tell what the broken part is. It is a BMW series 1 57 plate. My friend thinks it is an exhaust ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Temporary scraping noise coming from wheels

The car in question is a 2012 VW Polo. I had last driven it 4 days earlier on country A-roads for about 75 miles there and 75 miles back. Then today after I left the house and had driven about 100m on ...
3
votes
2answers
80 views

Cannot pull a “deep” vacuum on AC system

For reference I'm working on a 1986 Corvette at about 5,000 feet above sea level (I'm in Colorado). The outside temperature is about 80 degrees, and humidity is relatively low. The old R12 system had ...
5
votes
2answers
112 views

Increasing rear sprocket size for torque gains, will a dyno tune be required?

In order to get some mid range and torque gains, I've decided to replace my rear sprocket with a bigger one. I asked a friend of mine (experienced motorcyclist, been riding for decades) and he said I ...
3
votes
1answer
48 views

How often should I change oil in the CVT transmission

What is the recommended interval for the oil change in the CVT transmission for Mazda 2 2007, Chassis DE3FS EDIT The reason why I'm asking this questions is I don't have the user manual and local ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

How to detect Passenger Seatbelt Indicator using OBD2

I have trouble code information as below for B00D1 OBD Trouble Code which use to detect Passenger Seatbelt Indication. I am referring below links to get trouble code information: http://www....
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vote
0answers
23 views

2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition

My car seems to wobble when I accelerate and continues at slow speeds. It seems to go away at greater speeds. I have also noticed that it veers right when I let the steering wheel go. Wobbling is not ...
2
votes
1answer
60 views

Is an exhaust mute bad for 2 stroke engines? [closed]

Will an exhaust baffle have any bad effects on a 2 stroke engine if it's used all of the time?
3
votes
1answer
16 views

Coil On Plug, Testing The Primary Coil

Are there any alternatives for scoping the primary coil on a COP system other than using a low amp probe? I'm guessing backprobing doesn't work since the ignition control module is built into the coil ...
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votes
8answers
1k views

How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

While trying to remove a rotor from my Suzuki DL 1000 , I'm finding that some of the hex bolts are stripped. Attempting to use SpeedOut does not appear to be producing the desired result. Any tips ...
13
votes
1answer
875 views

Is reverse gear in a manual transmission equivalent to any other gear?

Question is pretty well summarized in the title. If we were to order gears in terms of power provided, where would reverse fall between gears 1-5 on a manual transmission vehicle? Does it vary by ...
7
votes
4answers
119 views

Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

A while back I fixed up some rust spots on stone kicks on my hood, and ended up repainting my whole hood to cover them up after grinding/puttying/priming. I got custom matching spray paint made and ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

2009 Ford Ranger heater Blend Doorr

My heat blend door actuator burned out. I bought a new one. I installed it but the blend door only moved a fraction of what it is supposed to so I disconnect the actuator to not burn it. My question ...
4
votes
1answer
47 views

Suzuki Swift running cold - replaced thermostat and the issue persists

My 1994 Suzuki Swift Sedan 1.3L with 280,0000 miles has been running cold for a while now. I can't get my self warm with the heater in the mornings when there is frost. It surges climbing up a ...
6
votes
2answers
68 views

Why do trucks have a plastic flap under the front bumper?

I've noticed today's trucks have this 3-4" plastic guard that runs along the bottom of the front bumper. It strikes me as something that would hinder ground clearance or otherwise brush into things. ...
3
votes
1answer
33 views

What is the part on older van power windows that typically fails and how do I replace it

Just purchased a 90s ford van, have some issue with the drivers side window ( wont go down ), actually, it will go down if you help it along. Former owner said that the passenger side window had ...
6
votes
2answers
485 views

Can I avoid buying a ridiculously expensive replacement starter motor?

My situation can be described with a photo: That's my starter motor, which doesn't appear to be in a healthy condition. What I would like to know is, can I avoid spending over $500 on a new one in ...
3
votes
2answers
83 views

Should I remove the rings when cleaning a piston?

I want to clean my piston in a small ultrasonic cleaner (with distilled water). Do I need to remove the piston rings to do so, or can I leave them on and make sure it dries completely? If I replace ...
4
votes
1answer
28 views

I have a 2002 Mitsubishi L300 SWB Van - Can it get too cold to start it without damaging it?

It's currently with me in the mountains where it gets very cold, is there any chance of me damaging it by starting it? I started it 3 days ago and let it run for like 15 mins, but haven't since. It's ...
5
votes
1answer
38 views

Is Ackerman steering solved?

I heard of jeantaud mechanism of steering. does it accomplish the right steering everytime? aren't tyres slipping in any situation? I mean, is it the definitive solution to the Ackerman steering or ...
4
votes
2answers
67 views

What alternator failure modes create excess drag without making allot of noise?

I was wondering in what ways could an alternator partially fail such that it would create excess drag on the engine ( enough to cause some shaking / lugging ) but not make any immediately apparent ...
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vote
0answers
29 views

Nil HydroCarbon in the exaust

If hydrocarbons (HC) are nil and Carbon Monoxide (CO) is 0.33% and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is 14% Why does the HC show up as nil? Is there a problem with having no HC readings?
3
votes
2answers
23 views

Weird starting and not starting for my 2005 Kia Sedona

My 2005 Kia Sedona has a weird start and not start issue about every couple of weeks. It is currently doing it more often. It also does this weird thing when I am trying to start it, it seems almost ...
14
votes
11answers
5k views

Why does stopping and starting a car in heavy traffic burn more fuel?

Why does stopping and starting a car in heavy traffic burn more fuel than simply coasting on a highway at 55 mph?
4
votes
1answer
56 views

The Parking Brake on my 1965 Buick hasn't been used in 20 years, what maintenance should be done before use?

I have a 1965 full-size Buick with front and rear drum brakes which has been in storage for several years. I never used the parking brake even when I used it as a daily driver so it's been engaged ...
4
votes
1answer
74 views

Will a 205/55r16 replace a 225/45r17 tire?

I purchased tires in the size 205/55r16 for my 2005 Volkswagen Passat Sedan GLX 4-motion based on the sizing suggested by nearly every major tire seller online. Well, today I noticed that her current (...
7
votes
1answer
26 views

Reset TPM system on 2005 Toyota Corolla

Recently, my daughter told me the tire pressure monitor (TPM) light had come on in our 2005 Toyota Corolla (USA model). We checked the tires and found that one was indeed a bit low, and we brought it ...
4
votes
1answer
53 views

Water leaking through visor area into interior

My car leaks when it rains. Rain drips from the visor area. I suspect an area outside and above the windshield that is showing some rust. I also suspect that my windshield was not replaced (long ago)...
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vote
1answer
32 views

Car not starting after few kilometer of driving ( chev cruise 1.8 2011 model)

My car don't start after few kilometre drive but start nice every morning or let me say it always start fine when the engine its cold, I am suspecting its petrol pump or let me say the fuel system. ...
7
votes
1answer
708 views

Is grinding the “ear” of a disc brake pad ok to make it fit?

I searched this but no luck finding an answer. I recently did a disk brake rotor and pad replacement on a friends car. One of the pads would not fit in the allocated space in the caliper frame. The ...
6
votes
1answer
63 views

Lawn mower safety cable issues

I spent all weekend trying to fix why the lawnmower would sometimes not start/stay started. It needed maintenance anyway so I changed the spark plug, changed the oil and even rebuilt all the o-rings ...
3
votes
1answer
18 views

08 Silverado 5.3 cold start exhaust smoke and engine stall

For some time now I've been getting a considerable amount of dark smoke from my tailpipe on cold starts which I believe to be an oil burning issue. I have an oil consumption test in progress, so far ...

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