How Automobiles Work

A picture of a car
Automobiles carry us from place to place, but how does it work? Dana Neibert / Getty Images

The automobile is one of the most fascinating devices that a person can own. Automobiles are also one of the most pervasive devices, with a typical American family owning two automobiles.

An automobile contains dozens of different technologies -- everything from the engine to the tires is its own special universe of design and engineering. Therefore we have dozens of different articles at HowStuffWorks that explain all the intricacies of our automobiles. Here are some of the highlights.