22:25 May 27, 2018
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Mechanics / Mech Engineering
Spanish term or phrase: ralear
In the troubleshooting section of a manual for a vacuum packing machine:

La bomba gira con dificultad, ralea o genera un ruido considerable

I find this to be a highly unusual use of the verb "ralear".

The Spanish manual might have been translated from Catalan, if that is any help.
Alan Lambson
Local time: 23:33

Summary of answers provided
5 +1to slow down
Monica Colangelo

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5

I Spain, "ralea" is what my mechanic calls it when the engine is racing, i.e revving up and/or down when it's not supposed to.


Note added at 6 hrs (2018-05-28 05:07:24 GMT)

Typo alert: "In Spain..."

Example sentence(s):
  • ENGINE RACING PROBLEM 1. Until recently, engine raced on ignition; stabilized after about 1 minute or driving about 100 yards...
  • Sometimes, while driving, the engine will start to race, and the car refuses to slow down

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11 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
to slow down

That's what it means here.

Monica Colangelo
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agree  neilmac: Or speed up too... my old Vespa did it when it was on its last legs :)
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