Most car engines are variations of the internal combustion engine. Consult these resources for a better understanding of how most car engines work.
So now you know how car engines work, and once you understand how the basic pieces fit together, it makes it easier to plan how to build your engine, or troubleshoot it when it doesn’t work correctly.
To understand how a car engine works, picture a . The arms of the windmill are moved by the force of the wind. As the wind moves the arms, the windmill creates power that can be used to move heavy grinding stones or generate electricity.
Learning how a car engine works can benefit you in numerous ways; such as providing you with the skills to perform your own routine car maintenance and the ability to repair your car in emergency situations. Learning how your car engine works can potentially save you lots of money as well, especially in terms of labor costs if an auto mechanic is required to work on your vehicle. To learn about car engines, you can use the Internet or books as resources, attend courses at a trade school or university, or work side-by-side with an experience auto mechanic or garage. Continue reading this article to learn about the many ways in which you can teach yourself about car engines.
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How a Car Engine Works
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Introduction to How Car Engines Work Have you ever opened the hood of your car and wondered what was going on in there? A car engine can look like a big confusing jumble of metal, tubes and wires to the uninitiated. You might want to know what's going on simply out of curiosity. Or perhaps you are buying a new car, and you hear things like "3.0 liter V-6" and "dual overhead cams" and "tuned port fuel injection." What does all of that mean? In this article, we'll discuss the basic idea behind an engine and then go into detail about how all the pieces fit together, what can go wrong and how to increase performance. The purpose of a gasoline car engine is to convert gasoline into motion so that your car can move. Currently the easiest way to create motion from gasoline is to burn the gasoline inside an engine. Therefore, a car engine is an internal combustion engine -- combustion takes place internally. Two things to note: There are different kinds of internal combustion engines. Diesel engines are one form and gas turbine engines are another. See also the articles on HEMI engines, rotary engines and two-stroke engines. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. There is such a thing as an external combustion engine. A steam engine in old-fashioned trains and steam boats is the best example of an external combustion engine. The fuel (coal, wood, oil, whatever) in a steam engine burns outside the engine to create steam, and the steam creates motion inside the engine. Internal combustion is a lot more efficient (takes less fuel per mile) than external combustion, plus an internal combustion engine is a lot smaller than an equivalent external combustion engine. This explains why we don't see any cars from Ford and GM using steam engines. Let's look at the internal combustion process in more detail in the next section.