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Does drifting damage a car?

Obviously I'd recommend taking your car to the track and avoiding this kind of behavior on public roads. With that said, as long as you're not doing it for prolonged intervals, and you're only doing ...
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Why do you use the "park" gear to park a car and not only the handbrake?

Putting the transmission into "Park" engages the "parking pawl" - essentially a metal pin that locks the output shaft of transmission (and thus the driven wheels) in place. As to why it exists - it ...
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Why can some cars pull up a hill with just the clutch?

You've exposed a combination of two things: high torque at low engine RPMs + high mechanical advantage => forward motion without requiring additional throttle (where "high" is defined to be "high ...
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What points of failure should I be aware of when driving with only the parking brake?

Several things to consider: Cable wear. The emergency break is generally activated by a steel cable. As the cable gets older, rusts, and wears, it can eventually totally break instead of braking. :...
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

I would think that you'd want to impose the largest load that you can on the engine, probably in the highest gear you can get into, pull over and then shut the engine down. In real life, in traffic, I'...
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

The safest option for the vehicle is to turn the ignition switch to off, protect the engine, then turn the key back to "on" without turning the engine back on, to prevent steering lock. Since you ...
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How to not hit the car in front whatever the car?

Once you have driven a few cars for a while you will get used to knowing from walking up to a car and getting in just how big it is. But until that time you can use some useful tricks: parallax: if ...
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Is it more efficient to drive with the windows down or the AC on?

This depends on driving conditions, mainly speed and temperature. AC fuel consumption increases with temperature fuel consumption due to open windows increases with speed The SAE found that AC is ...
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Brake pedal goes to floor "sometimes" only

It's not a stupid question at all! You are right to be concerned, brakes are critical for safety and you need to deal with this before you get in an accident. The ABS light turning on while it was on ...
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Why can some cars pull up a hill with just the clutch?

Part of the reason could be the engine management system : as you increase the load slowly it is increasing the engine power to keep the idle speed within limits. If you increase the load too fast, ...
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Stationary racing track to simulate driving (dynamometers?)

"Driving" the car on a dyno/rolling road will approximate road driving for the most part and should ensure that the drivetrain gets the roughly the same benefits as a real-world drive and will keep ...
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

Here's my two cents. This happened to me last week so the event is fresh in my mind. don't panic put it on neutral thus separating the connection between the engine and the tranny shut off ignition....
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

The technologies are going forward and any decent car should be able to stop a roaring engine with a brake pedal. However, if it doesn't work, you have to switch the ignition key off, and leave the ...
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When the clutch is depressed you are engaging the throwout bearing. This isn't an actively lubricated part (it relies only on sealed lubricant) and uses balls or rollers. Over time this bearing does ...
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How to not hit the car in front whatever the car?

As said in the other answers, each car is different, and it's mostly experience, if you don't have these little electronic helpers. But I have one trick: Watch the light cones of your front light. As ...
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Is it harmful for the engine to drive 60 mins of steep uphill every day?

No, my car spends its life driving up and down mountains. As long as you service it and drive properly, like using the correct gear etc it will be fine.
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How to not hit the car in front whatever the car?

Every single car is different, most of them have different steering angle, different turn radius, etc. So it's all about getting used to it. But sometimes it doesn't work, especially on a long base ...
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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

One important aspect not covered yet, is that the vehicle may be equipped with a start-stop system. A start-stop system saves fuel by completely turning off the engine when stopped, to turn it on ...
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How can I avoid damaging my engine with a manual?

The real thing that will damage your engine in a manual is revving it too high, either by downshifting too dramatically (like shifting into first while doing 50 mph) or not shifting when you should (...
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How can I avoid damaging my engine with a manual?

Just to add... There are many parts that will take the load and wear more quickly from bad driving practices such as dropping the clutch and rough gear changes etc.. The main clutch ones are... The ...
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How can I avoid damaging my engine with a manual?

to keep a clutch in good shape you want to start off connecting the clutch quickly at low RPMs. If the engine dips to about 700 rpm, and you start taking off, without slipping the clutch much at all, ...
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Hybrid or petrol car in the given scenarios?

No non-plug-in-car is suitable for this scenario. The non-plug-in-hybrids have typically battery power for a mile at most, assuming the battery is full at the start of the trip (it may not be full). ...
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Hybrid or petrol car in the given scenarios?

Each scenario in turn... Pushbike. This is the worst possible use-case for an internal combustion engine, as it doesn't get a chance to warm up properly - and nor do other components such as the ...
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Is it more efficient to drive with the windows down or the AC on?

TL DR: Windows down w/o AC nets better fuel mileage. There was an episode of Mythbusters which covered this subject. They found windows down without A/C will run significantly further than will a ...
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Check Engine light soon after starting car

I read the codes last night and it turned out to be a stored P2647 causing engine light. What a dummy I am...because I checked the oil level and it was really low, like below the bottom dot... Added ...
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Most reliable way to stop an automatic with a stuck throttle

Even in the Toyota cases, it was well documented that the only thing a driver needed to do was shift into neutral, and the car would stop accelerating. The situation you mention is quite the extreme ...
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Why have new inner tie rods made car less fun to drive?

I am assuming you had an alignment since changing the tie rod. The alignment spec may be a little different than it was before. Toe in is more stable than toe out. This stability may make you feel ...
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Why have new inner tie rods made car less fun to drive?

It's all about the alignment. Typically a car's alignment is set up for stability compromised for tire wear. The car will have a little negative camber on all wheels, moderate caster, slight toe in on ...
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Technique to driving over parking lot speed bumps

Slow as you can stand if you want your shock absorbers to last a bit longer. Shocks are typically oil filled canisters that use the oil to quell the desire of the spring to keep bouncing, by forcing ...
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Mismatched brand tires on back, bad on high speeds?

If they are matched brand across the axle you'll be fine for the sort of driving you describe - assuming the new rears are of comparable quality to the fronts. If you put ditchfinders on the rear you ...
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