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Starting With The Basics: The Automobile Engine

It was in 1769 that the first steam-powered automobile was created. But it wasn’t until 1870 when the first gasoline combustible engine was created, which was a revolutionary advancement for its time. Then finally with the invention of the Model T in 1913, is when cars were created on an assembly line.

Now today we have multiple dealerships offering all types of automobiles: sedans, hatchbacks, trucks, vans, sports cars, and the list can go on, with them all scattered across the finished concrete floors.

And these days with vehicles becoming more and more expensive, you see the pride of ownership comes into effect. Now people even start a mobile car detailing businesses and car wrap decal businesses. And we now have electric-powered cars! It’s quite the time we live in!

How a car engine works:

While the design of an engine makes it seem like a complex machine (especially when looking at it) there are really only a few basics you need to know. When a car is started, gas is injected into the combustion chamber, where it is ignited by a spark plug. The ignition of the gas causes a piston to drive down, and in turn, rotates what’s called a crankshaft. This shaft rotates and is connected to the transmission which in turn rotates the wheels.

All the other stuff in the engine is to make sure the engine block stays in check. Timing, cooling, and computers all are important in vehicles these days.

Check out the pics below of an engine, the old Model T, and some sports cars of today:

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