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How to Static Time an Engine

Does static timing your engine sound a little too intimidating? Well, if you can pop the hood and easily identify your engine's distributor and timing belt, you're probably up to the challenge.

How the Hüttlin Spherical Engine Works

It may take a bit of time to understand how this ball gets rolling; but once you get it, you'll see how it just might take hybrid auto engineering to the next level.

How Sleeve-valve Engines Work

The sleeve-valve engine may have already been dismissed as a historical relic; however, at least one company is seeking to bring the sleeve-valve engine back into action -- with a few modern twists.

How Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) Engines Work

Internal combustion engines aren't going away anytime soon. And since a practical alternative can't be ready for use within the next few years, we need a better internal combustion engine in the meantime.

How the Wave Disk Generator Works

The wave disk generator is a propulsion system that could revolutionize the way we move our vehicles. But we've all heard that before, right? So what makes this one so special?

How an Atkinson Cycle Engine Works

Four strokes, less fuel. How's that sound? With the addition of just a couple of linkages, an Atkinson cycle engine can complete all four strokes with a single rotation of the crankshaft.

How the Grail Engine Works

The Grail Engine takes a variety of modern, cutting-edge engine technologies and puts them all together in one package. Honda and Ford have already shown interest -- should the rest of us?

Compression Ratio and Octane Ratings: What You Need to Know

Unleaded, high octane, supreme: We'll show you which gas your car really needs and how easy it is to figure out.

What's the difference between torque and horsepower?

Horsepower and torque are closely related -- but what sets them apart?

What does a 4-2-1 exhaust system do?

Did you know that there is more than one way to control car emissions? One type is the 4-2-1exhaust system.

What's the connection between compression ratio and fuel economy?

Some of the latest gasoline engines to hit the market are super-efficient, thanks to their engineers playing with a little thing called compression ratio.

5 New Engine Technologies That Make Cars More Fun to Drive

Whether it's a tiny city car with a direct-injected engine or a supercar with a "push to pass" hybrid booster button, these technologies promise that the future of driving will still be fun.

Synthetic vs. Conventional Motor Oil: Which is Best for Your Needs and Environment's?

Synthetic vs. Conventional motor oil: Which is best for you needs and environment's? Learn more in this article.

What is engine knock?

Are there worrisome sounds coming from under the hood? Whether it's an annoying ping, a persistent knock, or a dramatic detonation, there are many ways to soothe a noisy engine.

How does piston shape affect combustion?

As engines have evolved over the years, so have the pistons within them. In fact, the shape of a piston has a dramatic effect on the combustion process.

What type of induction system do turbocharged cars have?

Turbocharged cars have forced induction systems that compress the air entering the engine. Learn about the type of induction systems that turbocharged cars have in this article.

What are the types of internal combustion engines?

Car engines that run on gasoline aren't the only kind of internal combustion engines. Learn about the types of internal combustion engines in this article.

How to Rebuild a Carburetor

Rebuilding a carburetor is easier than it sounds and cheaper than paying a mechanic. Learn about how to rebuild a carburetor in this article.

How is diesel fuel injection different?

Diesel engines and gas engines work in different ways. Learn how diesel fuel injection is different from this article.

How can you get more power out of your engine?

Increasing the size or number of cylinders, or making other modifications, can increase your engine's power. Learn about how to get more power out of your engine from this article.

Do turbochargers help engine performance in high altitudes?

Turbochargers can increase an engine’s horsepower and are relatively lightweight. Find out how turbochargers help engine performance in high altitudes, in this article.

5 Tips for Preventing Motor Oil Deposits

Lots of people like to keep their car clean. It's a good feeling to drive around town in a shiny car. But do you ever think about what your car looks like under the hood? Not just on the surface, but inside?

5 New Gas Engine Technologies

With all the hype about hybrid, electric and alternative fuels, it's easy to think the age of the gasoline engine is over. But the fact remains that the vast majority of cars are still powered by gasoline.

5 Benefits of an Engine Flush

One of the services an oil change technician might suggest is an engine flush to clean the gunk out of your engine. While this procedure has the potential to harm an engine, there are some benefits, too.

How to Find Engine Oil Capacities

When used correctly, oil provides a number of benefits for the way your engine functions. Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly how much oil your car's engine needs to be filled to its capacity?