JimmyB
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OBDII ELM 327 Bluetooth adapter - is it reliable?
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The ELM327 is (almost?) as powerful as any other diagnostics solution. That's simply because it only translates the low level OBD protocols to some other format. Bluetooth connections on mobile phones ...

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Super 95 E10 vs Super 98?
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Note that not all cars are specified to use E10. The higher ethanol concentration may be detrimental to seals or other parts of the fuel preparation system. Advice #1: Check with manufacturer if E10 ...

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Is it possible for a diesel engine computer to detect (and prevent) a runaway condition?
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All engines will reduce fuel injection when the red line is surpassed. That's what rev limiters are for, and they've been with us for many decades. Some engines (most modern?) have a throttle valve, ...

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Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
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You want to make sure the oil reaches its operating temperature (80°C+) from time to time. The coolant temp. indicator is not too helpful with that. You may have to do 15km or more of normal driving ...

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What is causing my diesel car to struggle to start in cold (below 0°C) temperatures?
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Have your glow plugs and the corresponding ECU checked. Some of the 3 liter BMW diesels of that era are notorious for oil leaking from the intake manifold; the glow plugs' ECU is mounted below the ...

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Advice for cleaning an electrically actuated EGR valve
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Letting the valve soak over night seems to be a common way. Just make sure you only flood the pipes and not the actuator. There are specific EGR cleaning agents (sprays) sold at a lot of places; ...

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When running a pump off your car battery, does it matter of the car is running or not?
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Check if the device is specified to be connected to a running car. Besides the higher system voltage a running engine may cause voltage spikes, transients and other things which a device must be able ...

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Strange case of low-speed squeaking / grinding noises after new tires / alignment
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When (un)mounting wheels people sometimes touch the dust shield(?) (the one from this question), bending it out of shape a little. The piece may subsequently touch the inner part of the rim slightly ...

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Seemingly poor A/C efficiency in Chrysler Town & Country
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I already commented on an answer to your other question: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/31965/6794 The bottomline is: There's no sense in trying to compare A/C systems in different vehicle ...

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Minimum driving miles to keep battery charged (Honda Civic 2015)
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How long and at what RPM you'd need to drive depends on the type of alternator (how much power, in excess of what the car consumes, can it provide at a certain RPM?) and the battery (how much charging ...

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On old cars with a carburetor, how does pressing the gas pedal lead to the engine rotating faster?
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Not totally unrelated to Netwon's law of action and re-action, the engine when running constantly at a certain speed is in equilibrium, that is, the energy released by combustion is exactly what is ...

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