Engines are the essential component of the vehicles we drive every day. But how do engines actually work? Engines work by converting chemical energy into mechanical energy, which is used to power your wheels. This process is achieved through a series of complex steps that involve fuel, air, ignition, and heat. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the basic principles behind engine operation and explain them.
The first step in engine operation is the air intake. Air is drawn into the engine through an air intake system, which includes a filter to remove debris and particles. The air is then mixed with fuel in the engine's combustion chamber.
Compression And Ignition
Next, the fuel-air mixture is compressed, and this is where the real magic happens - as the mixture is compressed, it heats up, which causes it to ignite. Another way of igniting the mixture is through a spark, and in this case, it's done by the spark plugs.
Combustion And Exhaust
This ignition creates a controlled explosion that forces the engine's pistons to move, converting the chemical energy of the fuel into mechanical energy. The mechanical energy created by the explosion is then used to power the engine's various components, such as the transmission or alternator. Once the explosion has occurred, the spent result, which is carbon dioxide, is expelled through the exhaust system.
Of course, this is a highly simplified explanation of how an engine operates - there are many different types of engines, each with its own unique characteristics and features. Some are accompanied by a hybrid electric system, and others have a turbocharger or supercharger.
Now that you know a little bit more about your vehicle's engine, you also understand how important it is to keep it in proper condition. That's why we invite you to our shop so we can take care of it and do everything needed to keep it working for as long as possible. At Eddie's Northside Sinclair, we offer a wide variety of procedures, which can be seen in the "Services" tab! Our team will be happy to help you and your vehicle!