What are the main differences in OHC and OHV engine designs, and which is faster or more powerful? Also, which is more reliable?
- Anybody can ask a question
- Anybody can answer
- The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
OHC refers to overhead camshaft and OHV refers to overhead valve, two different configurations in engine design.
The key performance differences are described briefly in this Wikipedia article
So OHC can provide greater power. This does not necessarily relate directly to speed, but a reasonable assumption is that yes, you would expect it to be faster.
DOHC, or dual overhead camshaft, allows even freer gas flow so can provide even higher power output.
OHC is easier to maintain, as more components tend to be external to the engine block, so they can be adjusted and maintained, as well as checked for problems.
These days there are very few OHV engines anyway.
protected by Zaid Aug 31 '15 at 15:06
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?