Basic car engine parts

The core of your car engine is the cylinder, with the piston moving in an up and down motion. Most cars have more than one cylinder. Some have four, six or even eight. That is where the terms V6 or V8 come in. The car engine is made up of many parts. The spark plug supplies the spark that ignites air/fuel mixture so that combustion can occur. Very interesting that this spark needs to happen at the exact time for your car engine to start and for you to be moving. The valves are quite interesting cause there is intake valves and exhaust valves, now these fellows open at a proper time to let air and fuel out of the exhaust. These valves are closed during compression. The piston is a cylindrical piece of metal that moves up and down but in reality it is the rings that are on the piston that serves the function, this prevents fuel and air mixture from leaking into the sump during compression. They keep the oil in the sump and prevents it from leaking, where it would burn up and get lost. Most cars that “burn oil” and have to have a quart added every 1,000 miles are burning it because the engine is old and the rings no longer seal things properly. Now I really understand the serious purpose of the piston rings. Then you have the connecting rod which connects the piston to the crankshaft in your car engine. Now the crankshaft turns the pistons up and down, like a crank handle you find on a toy car, it winds it up so it can go. The sump is at the bottom of the crank and collects access oil. Good to educate yourself on how your works because it will definitely make you appreciate and love it more and keep it in a good condition.

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