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Reverse flow head vs Cross flow head

Wikipedia says that Cross Flow cylinder heads induct the charge better because the gases doesn't have to change direction from intake to exhaust. Thus the higher inertia of flow of gas in one ...
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How Long Can I Drive A Car Without Coolant?

Ive been driving without coolant for some time. Just noticed there wasn't any in there. Car runs fine and never noticed it was empty. I filled it back up. No leaks. Should I be extra cautious get my ...
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Atkinson Cycle: Does the efficiency of a high-compression engine come from compression ratio, expansion ratio, or both?

I understand that, in an internal combustion engine, efficiency can often (up to a point) be improved by increasing the compression ratio, this being a major reason why diesel engines (which do not ...
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What does the crankcase breather do?

I have seen multiple Honda motorcycles list "crankcase breather" cleaning as a regular maintenance item. It involves just emptying out the oil collected in a small reservoir tied to a hose. ...
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Does an oxygen sensor's lambda value represent the same when running on LPG?

I have converted my car to LPG, and i've been tuning it today with a wideband lambda controller. It runs pretty okay, but i'm not yet satisfied. The weird thing is, it accelerated best when the ...
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working engine temperature oil vs coolant

When we say that the car must be at working temperature, i.e. (90 C, 194F) is this temperature that of the coolant or the oil? Thanks.
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Can LPG be used as fuel for cars?

I have a petrol engine car but I want to know that can I use LPG as a fuel for my petrol engine. I know I have to do customization for it but can I use LPG in a normal Petrol engine or does it affect ...
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Does engine braking still save fuel at right above idle?

I'm trying to drive economically and my understanding is that as long as there is enough momentum in the car to keep the engine spinning while in gear at above idle the engine won't inject more fuel, ...
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Is it possible to run a car without a carburetor?

Is it possible to run my car without a carburetor, or will doing so cause damage and prevent it from running? Does it damage or wear anything? what actually happen to the car.
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Crankshaft design

I am wondering why all crankshafts I see are machined so that the piston rod counterweights are all tapered at the rod bearing end of the counterweight? As you can see in the picture the ends of the ...
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Resleeving a small engine?

Can you guys please help me settle a debate with a mechanic friend of mine? He claims that it is possible to keep a small Honda or similar engine running literally for tens of thousands of hours by ...
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What is the difference between a 2 stroke and 4-stroke engine?

I just wanted to know that what are the major differences in 4 stroke engine or in 2 stroke engine. The only difference I know is that a 4-stroke engine goes through four stages, or two complete ...
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Calculating engine air intake per minute

Hi guys i tried to calculate the amount of air liters per minute that an engine consume , so the engine is a V8 diesel 15L max rpm 3000. The 15L displacement is the total size so 15/8 = 1.875 L/minute ...
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Do (modern) ICE cylinder walls build a patina that unusually consumes engine oil during the break-in period?

I appreciate the possibility that newer internal combustion engines (ICEs) burn more oil throughout their life. This appears to be partly due to using lower viscosity oils (which are being specified ...
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Is it true that crankshaft counterweights help with extending the life of the main bearings?

I have heard that use of counterweights in crankshafts also help with bearing life because "counterweights reduce peak main bearing inertia loads". Is this true? If its true how does that ...
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Camshaft valve clearance and fuel consumption

Does the clearance between the camshaft and the top of valve tappets (AKA lifters AKA shims) affect fuel consumption? I am asking because it seems to me like the lesser the spacing, the more the cam ...
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What control the RPM of an engine?

can you tell me what controls the rpm of an engine? Is it more fuel, more rpm (if so plz explain this to me) or is it controlled by a computer?
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Differences between drive by wire and drive by cable

What are the main differences, advantages, and disadvantages of using a drive-by-wire versus drive-by-cable system?
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Car struggles to pull off up hill

Could anyone help with another issue/potential issue I have? When I am parked on a hill, facing upwards, I put my car into first gear and when I pull off it feels as if I am towing something heavy, ...
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Does stalling damage my car?

I sometimes stall my car, as I have a new one and the biting point is so high. Anyway, someone told me stalling damages my car, but all it does is force the engine to a complete stop... Does constant ...
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Horsepower and turbo

I am a little confused about performance and engine numbers. I have two cars. The oldest is a Škoda Fabia Combi 1,2 TSI and the other is a Nissan Micra 1,2 5D. MAN. According to the specs, the Fabia ...
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When does the spark plug ignite the air fuel mixture?

Some people say it's at the end of the compression stroke, some people say beginning of the power stroke.. What do you guys think ?
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Engine comparison: How can a smaller/more efficient engine excel over its "bigger sibling"?

Recently, after a discussion with friends, I stumbled over the engines available for a Fiat Panda Mk4 (yes, this is a "long story short" situation and now I'm stuck in a rabbit-hole). And I ...
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Why is there no valve overlap on 1987 V4 Honda?

I have a 700cc V4 Honda Magna motorcycle. The manual states that the inlet opens at 0° BTDC and the exhaust closes at 0° ATDC so there is no valve overlap. This would seem to compromise power. What ...
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What would be the long-term result of driving without a thermostat?

Would there any damage done to an engine if you run it without a thermostat permanently? Let's assume the vehicle is driven in a climate that is warm and temperatures never drop below freezing.
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Do worn brushes in an electric fuel pump increase fuel flow rate?

Electric fuel pump manufacturers can provide pump curves like this one below by Pierburg: I wanted to confirm my understanding of the curves when simulating the effect of worn brushes in the electric ...
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Can an engine run without oil for a few seconds, if the oil change was just done

I accidentally started up my engine after draining the oil and inserting the oil filter. I know that running an engine without oil causes the parts not to be lubricated and thus, causing damage. In my ...
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What is overboost?

I've heard the term overboost quite a lot. What is "bad" overboost? What is an overboost problem? What will happen to my turbo engine if I don't fix it? Edit: apparently there is a good type ...
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Why are sheet metal engines not popular?

What are the reasons engines use casting and not stamping when manufacturing blocks and heads? There were couple of stamped engines before but none of them took off. https://www.macsmotorcitygarage....
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Do valves still open and close during engine braking

While trying to investigate some rattling noise in my single cylinder motorcycle engine, the question of whether valves are closed during engine braking jumped into my head. I was assuming that the ...
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Why choose either recirculated or dump to atmo blow off valve?

I was watching a Tom's Turbo Garage video on YouTube where he was talking about (at about 10:30 in the video) having a blow off valve (BOV) which is recirculated. This means when the BOV activates it ...
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Why are two stroke direct injection engines uncommon?

Traditionally, there have been two kinds of engines: two stroke and four stroke, and diesels exclusively were four stroke (apart from maybe very large marine diesels). The two stroke engine has some ...
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Is revving the engine to redline on idle at morning bad? [duplicate]

I own a Ford Ecosport Diesel Turbo 1.5 TDCI. Every morning when I start the car, I put it on neutral and rev it up to 5000 RPM for 3 seconds then bring it back to normal idling without revving and ...
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What are the benefits of a lightweight flywheel and why aren't they lightweight already?

This previous question explains what a flywheel does and why it is needed. That explanation means that the flywheel needs a certain amount of mass to do its job. However, an "upgrade" for many cars (...
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Why is there only one compression ring per groove in a piston?

Why is there only one compression ring per groove in a piston? Two half sized rings in the same groove would take up the same amount of space as one piston ring but if you offset the rings gaps, in ...
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What happens when the air-fuel mixture ignites but the piston/crankshaft briefly can't move?

With engines such as in lawnmowers or motorboats (or even manual gearbox cars when the clutch is fully released), what does typically happen when there's a sudden increase in resistance during or ...
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Place the accelator pedal all the way to the floor, and hold it there. Do not pump it

What does "Do not pump it" refer to in "Place the accelator pedal all the way to the floor, and hold it there. Do not pump it"? To pump the accelerator? If so, what's the purpose? ...
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Engine braking in an automatic: Does it save fuel?

This is a question more to satiate my curiosity than something I want to apply in practice. It's also my first question here, so apologies in advance if I'm doing anything wrong. I've recently ...
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What does a throttle valve actuator do in carburetors?

i tried looking online but could not find much information about throttle valve actuators in carburetors. I think they look like this part in the picture below circled in red. What is the purpose of ...
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Rotating “dippers” that throw oil into the pistons and cylinders

What are rotating dippers in "rotating 'dippers' that throw oil into the pistons and cylinders"? Are they containers for taking up water, or maybe in this case, oil? Thank you!
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Why does diesel engine have redline much lower than petrol engine redline?

Why do diesel automotive engines redline at around 4500 rpm whereas petrol ones go to 6500-8000 rpm? Does this have something to do with the compression ratio?
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Does the a gasoline or diesel engine supply fuel at high speeds when not pressing the pedal and more

Let say I directly connect a small engine to my bicycle, and that I'm superman who can overcome any force. Then I start cycling (using my legs...) - the engine starts to rotate, even though I haven't "...
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Why VVT is never used in diesels?

There is only a mitsubushi diesel engine that uses VVT but other than that there is no diesel engine that uses VVT or VVL. Why gasoline engines do utilize them but diesels dont?
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Given compression ratio for a naturally aspirated engine, how do I calculate the expected compression pressure?

I've started learning more about cars, and I have a question. How do I know what compression pressure I should expect during a compression test? With a naturally aspirated engine, I think I can use ...
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When switching off the engine, do the cam and crank shafts always come to rest in an initial state?

Is it the case, when the engine comes to a halt, that the cylinder/piston/valve phases always finish up in the same starting or initial position relative to each other?
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Why do bad motor mounts cause the car to shake and vibrate at idle, but not when you give it gas and increase the rpms?

I have a 2000 FIAT Siena 1.4el with the FIAT Lampredi Monoalbero engine, and the car is 22 years old now still with its original engine mounts. The whole car, and also the steering wheel, both shake ...
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What is the purpose of expander/spacer in the oil control ring?

I was reading about oil control rings in the piston ring topic. Most modern engines use a 3 piece design for oil control rings where you have top rail, bottom rail and spacer-expander (sandwiched ...
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Is calculating the compression ratio as easy as they say using the formula?

Often in elementary texts the compression ratio is defined as (Vs+Vc)/Vc. Vs = Swept volume Vc = Clearance volume But the calculation becomes difficult when calculating the clearance volume of ...
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How does Honda ensure the all the pins and holes are lined up when VTEC is activated? Shouldn't they interfere?

If the outside rocker arms are actuated by a different cam profile than the middle rocker arm, how could these pins ever line up? Isn't it likely that the initial outside pin forces itself against the ...
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Does a carburetor have constant fuel mass flow, constant liquid volume flow, or constant molecule count flow?

I have a generator with carburetor. It seems to consume a bit more fuel than I expected, 0.44 liters per hour for 386 watt production, or 1.14 liters per kWh. I'm also bit more annoyed by the exhaust ...

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