Auto | Under the Hood | Types of Engines

The types of engines you'll learn about in this section include diesel, rotary, HEMI, stirling and quasiturbine, to name a few. You'll also see photos and animated images of the technologies we explore.

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Is there a difference between inline and V engine configurations?

There are three different engine configurations commonly used in automobiles -- inline, V, and flat. Learn the difference and find out what designers look at when deciding which configuration to use in a car.


The Two-stroke Engines Quiz

The Two-stroke Engines Quiz

How much do you know about two-stroke engines? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Rotary Engines Quiz

The Rotary Engines Quiz

How much do you know about rotary engines? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz

The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz

How much do you know about engine technology? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Did cars ever have external combustion engines?

Did cars ever have external combustion engines?

Did cars ever have external combustion engines? Find out if external combustion engines have ever being used to power automobiles at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Benefits of Beltless Engines

5 Benefits of Beltless Engines

Can you name the benefits of having a beltless engine? Keep reading to learn more about cars and 5 Benefits of Beltless Engines. See more »

How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine

How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine

Do you know How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine? Keep reading to learn about engines and explore How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine. See more »

How does an electric water pump benefit your engine?

How does an electric water pump benefit your engine?

How does an electric water pump benefit your engine? Read how an electric water pump can be more efficient and better for your engine's cooling needs. See more »

How the Hüttlin Spherical Engine Works

How the Hüttlin Spherical Engine Works

How does the Hüttlin spherical engine work? Read about the Hüttlin hybrid auto engine at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Sleeve-valve Engines Work

How Sleeve-valve Engines Work

What is a sleeve-valve engine? Read more about sleeve-valve engine technology at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) Engines Work

How Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) Engines Work

What are the advantages and disadvantages of opposed piston opposed cylinder engines? Read about OPOC engines at HowStuffWorks. See more »