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 litre V-6” and “dual overhead cams” and “tuned port fuel injection.” What does all of that mean? In this resource, 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 petroleum car engine is to convert petroleum into motion so that your car can move. Currently the easiest way to create motion from petroleum is to burn the petroleum 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. Variations include 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 kilometre) 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.
Watch the video below to learn how a car engine works:
The PDF you will download will explain How a Car Engine Works “Understanding an Automotive Engine” PDF Download.