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What happened to my car?

Being a diesel and that the engine ran for a minute with the ignition turned off, makes it highly likely that you experienced diesel runaway. During normal operation, diesel is used as fuel for the ...
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Is it safe to transport diesel fuel in a plastic can inside of a plastic tub? Or store it in the same way?

Fuel cans contains carbon in the plastic. This is a large part of why traditional fuel canisters are black. This dissipates static charges by bringing the plastic from perfect insulator to the megaohm ...
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Scraping sound in new small engine

I actually decided to go ahead and just tear into it no matter the answer and can make the following statements: Bore and piston rings were absolutely immaculate and there was no scraping whatsoever ...
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What preparations to make before changing oil on old neglected tractor diesel engine

The engine in your tractor should hold are 6.5 quarts (6.2L) of 15W-40 oil. That amount should fit in most oil collection pans. If you want to use kitty litter as oil clean up, that's a great idea. I'...
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Is it safe to transport diesel fuel in a plastic can inside of a plastic tub? Or store it in the same way?

The flash point of #2 diesel fuel is about 125F, so you can stop worrying about sparks from rubbing plastic causing an explosion. Flash point is the temperature at which a liquid when placed in a cup ...
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Diesel mixed with petrol

Diesel fuel does not directly harm the materials and equipment in a petrol engine, but adding diesel to petrol will dramatically lower the octane rating. Diesel fuel has a cetane rating which is ...
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Bmw e43 320d revving itself to verry high rpm

This sounds like what is typically called a diesel runaway. Since all diesel engines need to keep going is fuel and air, it can easily happen if there's a problem with the turbocharger leaking oil. As ...
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Filling tank "Heavy duty Coolant" or "Coolant Mixture with Water"

The only difference between Ready-To-Use coolant and coolant concentrate that you mix yourself with distilled water is cost and convenience. RTU is more expensive but more convenient. Always mix ...
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How bad are NOX emissions from your own car for your own health? What are the consequences of adblue off tune?

There's a certain amount of wishful thinking and outright misinformation about NOX emissions that 'people' spread. Although there's more scientific work to be done there's ample evidence that NOX ...
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Does my car have rodknock

It is hard to say from your description, but my initial hunch is No this is not rod knock. Your description kind of reminds me of lugging an engine. Several factors lead me to this conclusion. First, ...
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Insignia B (MK2 2017) error code P0073 and engine light on

The ambient air temperature sensor is the one that reads the temperature outside the car, it's used by the air conditioning system. It's safe to drive your car with this problem, although your AC may ...
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Mazda 3 2015 2.2L diesel shakes each time when started up

Ask your mechanic to check the engine mounts and replace them if they are worn. Loose or worn engine mounts will cause a diesel engine to shake vigorously when it starts or stops. Diesel engines have ...
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Can deposits on glow plugs be used to diagnose engine problems?

Normally not, people are way too afraid to break them during removal. Since the specialty tool supliers catalogues are littered with "engine xyz glow plug extraction tools" they might have a ...
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Peugeot 207 sporadic, sudden and very short loss of power

To give some closure here: the issue started manifesting a lot more often so I tried my luck once more at the mechanic. And lucky I was: there was a fault logged (which interestingly, didn't appear on ...
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Diesel slow crank after sitting through winter

I think you have a bad battery. Leaving a car to sit for months should not harm a starter, but it can definitely kill a battery. I was hoping for a more precise answer to my comment about battery ...
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