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Beginner's Guide: What Is a Rotary Engine (and How Does It Work)?

What is a rotary engine (and how does it work)?
We have previously explained how four-stroke piston engines work, but that is not the only way to turn fuel and air into power. Perhaps the most unusual engine design to ever find its way into a production car, the Wankel Rotary Engine is elegant in its simplicity; it has about 75% less moving...

Beginner's Guide: What Is a Four Stroke Engine (and How Does It Work)?

What is a 4 stroke engine
These days, all cars and light trucks use four-stroke piston engines, whether burning gasoline or diesel. This means that the crankshaft must go around twice, and each piston moves up and down two times, to produce one pulse of power. To put it another way, the piston goes up-down, up-down, for...

Beginner's Guide: What Is an Engine Block (and What Does It Do)?

What is an engine block (and what does it do)
An engine block - also known as a cylinder block - contains all of the major components where the combustion process takes place in a reciprocating engine. Usually made from an aluminium alloy (cast iron in older engines), it houses the cylinders and their components, the water cooling system and...