Engine

So you are telling me I put this gas in my car and it explodes and that makes my wheels turn?

Interactive Tool

System
A primitive graphic of the engine block. Four main components are displayed and explained. They are spread apart in order to explain each system separately. Press the system button and see how each of the components connect. Two camshaft lobes knock one piston valve. The piston armatures are attached to the crankshaft.

Camshaft

Camshaft
Their are camshaft knobs to open and close the piston. As the serpentine belt rotates the camshaft the camshaft knobs open and close the piston intake and outake valves. These are perfectly timed so two valves are open and two valves are closed at the same time. The serpentine belt is also attached to the crankshaft in order for perfect timing.

Spark Plug
Fuel Injector

Spark Plugs
Fuel Injectors
A spark plug and fuel injector are timed to fired as the intake valve opens and pours in the air. The correct mix of fuel, fire, and oxygen creates the combustion to push the piston head down.

Serpentine Belt

Attached
to
Transmission

Piston
The action happens in here. A perfectly timed system allows the intake valve, fuel injector, and spark plug to create the combustion. The piston head is pushed down and the piston armature rotates the crankshaft. 

Piston

Crankshaft
The crankshaft has three components; the serpentine belt, the piston armature attachment, and the transmission gear attachement. The serpentine belt keeps various items in the car at the same RPM. The piston armatures rotation drives the crankshaft in a circular motion. That circular motion is what drivers the transmission. When the transmission is put into gear, the wheels turn.

Piston Armature

Crankshaft

Serpentine Belt

Various Engine Pictures

  1. engine block
  2. engine part
  3. engine block
  4. nkg spark plug
  5. valves

Piston

Piston Armature

Crankshaft

Camshaft