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Questions tagged [engine-theory]

Use this tag when asking questions about the theory of engines. Do NOT use for practical problems, only theoretical questions

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Why is compression necessary?

I know that proper compression is necessary for all engines to run well, but I have never understood why. I researched it and I learned that compression makes the explosion more powerful but it still ...
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Is there anyway a shade-tree mechanic can check MAF calibration?

When it comes to testing MAF sensor on my vehicle, the factory service manual just suggests two PASS/FAIL tests: an out-of-circuit resistance reading at a particular ambient temperature validating ...
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Wasted spark ignition systems on a multi- cylinder engine

In a wasted spark system if the firing plug on the compression stroke requires 10,000 volts and the wasted spark coil is designed to put out 20,000 volts, is the voltage split in half. How exactly ...
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How does atmospheric condition affect operation and consumption

In most modern engines the intake air parameters such as temperature, pressure, humidity etc can be monitored via sensors and so the exact fuel mixture can be trimmed to best efficiency. Still aren'...
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Why don't cars have multiple disk clutches as motorcycles do?

We know from our experience so far that wet multiple disk clutches like these used on motorcycles have a way longer life that single disk clutches used in car engines. Why don't cars use the same ...
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Engine pre-startup automatic lubrication to prevent wear

As explained here (Is it true that most of the engine wear during its life time occurs during a cold start up?) most of the wear of an engine is during startup and especially during cold startup. Why ...
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Why don`t we use extremely thin oils in engines

I understand that lower viscosity oils are way easier to pump and move around engine parts, also they form a thinner "film" on friction surfaces which could improve parts measurements precision etc. ...
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Driving down hill in gear with throttle engine sounds bit high

basically, i am not know much about bikes engine. i got a question when i riding bikes in downhill with lower gear the engine sounds very noisy I think engine runs more than the ideal speed, my ...
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Car struggles to pull off up hill

Could anyone help with another issue/potential issue I have? When I am parked on a hill, facing upwards, I put my car into first gear and when I pull off it feels as if I am towing something heavy, ...
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Is revving the engine to redline on idle at morning bad? [duplicate]

I own a Ford Ecosport Diesel Turbo 1.5 TDCI. Every morning when I start the car, I put it on neutral and rev it up to 6K RPM for 3 seconds then bring it back to normal idling without revving and start ...
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2000 mustang v6 3.8l wear and tear?

I have a 2000 mustang v6 3.8l that has 138,000 miles on it. The vehicle is making more wear and tear noises like ticking and just sounding more rough. I was wondering if a higher viscosity oil will ...
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Could a wind turbine work for a car?

Could I attach a little fan to power a motorcycle alternator to be more efficient then running off the engine? Attach any where facing the wind on the vehicle to increase mileage from eliminating ...
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How would a speedometer work on a different engine conversion setup?

Currently we are looking at doing a v8 setup in a Mercedes W115. My one concern is that I want the originals in the cabin to work which includes the Speedometer which is cable driven. No how would you ...
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Does clutch and gearbox order matter?

Does it matter if engine power goes through the gearbox before the clutch, or through the clutch before the gearbox? I'm not sure if there has to be a specific order of clutch & gearbox, or if it'...
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What engine oil should you not mix together?

Can you mix 0w-40 and 30w oil together and get something like 15w oil? How would that math work? When is it a problem to mix to different types of oil together other than oil weight?
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Relationship between torque, power, specific fuel consumption, and AFR

How does Torque, power, and specific fuel consumption change with AFR? And why is it so? I found graphs relating these in books as well as websites but I couldn't find any good explanations.I have ...
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How to calculate the compression height of a piston?

To better help understand about pistons, I have the following questions: What is the compression height of a piston? How is it calculated? Why is it important to know when building an engine?
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Can a stock ECM be modified to function with some modules disconnected [closed]

Engine in question: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2015 - 2.0L, (VIN V, 5TH DIGIT, DIESEL), (ENGINE ID CVCA) I hope to buy a rear-end collision Passat with this engine, and use as many parts as I can in a custom ...
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How are compression rings lubricated?

My question relates to the lubrication of cylinder walls and piston rings. It is my understanding that pistons in cars consists of 3 rings; two compression rings and the oil/scraper ring. As far as I'...
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Why are engines labeled as 2L or 3L?

Why is an engine said to be a 3L or 2L for that matter? I understand that V6 represents 6 cylinders, so I'm a little bit confused. I'm still busy with my motor studies.
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Starter Motor Power

I have two 6 cyl. diesel engines one with turbo and starter motor 4KW and the other without turbo and starter motor 2.5 KW What happen if I replaced 12V 4KW with 12V 2.5KW starter motor?
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heater not not working

Isuzu heater is not working despite having bought thermostats at several occasions, I checked for pipe leaks, checked for blower fan , but still cannot see the cause of the problem
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2014 Jeep SRT 6.4L oil filter was too small - what kind of damage?

What possible damage could my engine incur from having an oil filter installed that is smaller than the suggested size? I have damage but I’m interested to hear what this forum has to say about it ...
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Does an engine with lower viscosity oil require less warming up?

I have always seen that an engine should be driven gently (low throttle, low revs) for about 15 minutes after starting, in order to bring the oil up to temperature and lubricate the engine properly. ...
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why gasoline fuel can not ignite on the same diesel engine? [duplicate]

I have a diesel engine running. And I switched the diesel fuel to gasoline fuel. It does not ignite at all. Why ?
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Why do we need coolant in throttle valve body inlet in Opel Astra H?

Opel Astra H has an electric driven throttle valve. As I know, coolant in throttle valve body would control bimetal plate responsible for warming up. Why can't it control warm up process based on ...
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How EFI works? How is it connected to the accelerator padel? [closed]

I want to completely understand how EFI works. Moreover, how and in what form it receives the message from the accelerator pedal. I specifically want to learn how it is implemented in Honda sedans ...
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Oil vs Coolant Temperature

Could an engine be run dry, as is the case with solid blocks, meaning no coolant, if a sufficient oil cooler were to be installed? Essentially, if we could keep the oil temperature between 210 and ...
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Which vehicle came with the most different engine cylinder configurations?

A question that cropped up in a discussion today... Most vehicles sold come with one or two different engine cyinder configurations, for example and inline-4 and a V8. Quite a few have three, and a ...
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Does cooler air improve turbo performance?

When modifying NA cars I've always been advised to try and protect the intake from heat soak from the engine bay because the engine performs better with cooler air. This makes sense. I now have a ...
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Cast iron vs aluminium engine blocks

From what I can tell by reading, aluminium engine blocks are more thermally efficient than cast iron blocks - but it also seems that aluminium is more thermally conductive than iron. That seems ...
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Maruti Suzuki 800 4 gear manual 1997 Engine

Maruti Suzuki 800 is a 3 cylinder or 3 piston petrol engine. If I remove two pistons from the crank and block the intake manifold of those piston inlet, will my engine still work on a single piston ...
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Potential issues wiring a variable resistor into accelerator pedal position sensor circuit

What are the foreseeable problems, if any, with wiring a variable resistor into the accelerator pedal position sensor circuit? The goal is to have a variable power selector using a dial, such that ...
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Can I run a car with a thrown rod?

I threw a rod and I'm afraid my engine is going to blow up or something I was wondering if it was possible to cap off a cylinder or two and run my six cylinder car on four or five cylinders just to ...
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A question for Engineers and those developing next-gen engines?

I have a little bit of a scientific background and would like to theorize if I could.... What about making a car engine where the engine is the secondary force involved, and the transmission is more ...
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Simple Question: During combustion stsgep do the piston go up all the way?

Does the piston reach the max height the piston can go without fuel or oxygen I would think it can't because the oxygen molecule being squeezed in the middle. I'd say it almost fully go up but not ...
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Electric Turbo on Motorcycle

What would be the improvement, if any, for a motorcycle engine using an electric turbo like the one pictured below?
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What is the normal operating temperature of a glowplug?

Once a glow plug is activated how hot does it normally get?
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How do automatic cars rev match so quickly when up shifting?

In a manual car, when you up shift, you need to wait for the engine RPM to drop to a certain value so that the engine speed matches with the speed of the gears you want to shift into. On my manual car,...
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Do I need a tune up or a transmission

My 2001 Buick LaSabre with 106000 miles started hesitating changing gears and roughly doing so. I stopped and shopped for about an hour and started driving again, and it changed gears smoothly with ...
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What is the current and voltage rating of a diesel glow plug?

How much energy is put into a glow plug on average? How can I get that right balance where they work like they need to but I don't blow it out with too much power?
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Would a camless engine need a starter motor?

In theory, if you had a working camless engine with fully variable valves... Would it be possible to just have the engine start itself by choosing the most appropriately placed cylinder at the time ...
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I want to combine two 4 stroke engine together for my project . What will be the complexities in it ? Will it work? [closed]

Bike engine . Want to add two similar bike engine on a single shaft (https://i.stack.imgur.com/qMN5u.jpg)
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On old cars with a carburetor, how does pressing the gas pedal lead to the engine rotating faster?

From what I have seen in old cars equipped with a carburetor is that pressing the gas pedal opens a flap on top of the carburetor. Presumably that allows for more air (and consequently, more air/fuel ...
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Radiator cap pressure and how it impacts stress on cooling-system and engine?

OK, if radiator-cap pressure is say 20-pounds as opposed to 18-pounds, won't the overall impact on the engine and cooling-system be more heat/pressure stress??? Sure, the boiling-point will be raised ...
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Pencil Coil Operation

Pencil coils are very small. Do they operate on the CDI Principle? I thought that CDI was not good on lean mixtures which are good for fuel economy? Do they operate on the accepted Inductive Discharge ...
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Diesel engine on LPG

I have seen LPG powered petrol cars which can run on both the fuels. But I have not seen any Diesel engine car running on LPG. Is it possible to run a diesel engine on LPG?
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Why choose either recirculated or dump to atmo blow off valve?

I was watching a Tom's Turbo Garage video on YouTube where he was talking about (at about 10:30 in the video) having a blow off valve (BOV) which is recirculated. This means when the BOV activates it ...
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Two-stroke vs four-stroke design

Besides the apparent differences in fuel-injection, ignition, and valve timing, are there any other differences in the design/build of two-stroke and four-stroke engines?
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What actually affects engine compression ratios?

I always assumed that the less "square" (or more "undersquare") a motorcycle engine was, the higher the compression ratios it can have. But a survey of several bikes -- from cruisers to supersports, ...