A piston engine, also known as a reciprocating engine, works by expanding hot gases (a mixture of air and fuel) within a cylinder in order to push a piston, which in turn rotates a crankshaft and generates power. Unlike ... More »

The main role of piston rings in cars is to regulate the amount of oil cars consume. Piston rings form seals around combustion chambers, which allows them to transfer heat to cylinder walls. To form the seals, piston rin... More »

A piston is a cylindrical plunger that moves within a metal cylinder through the four strokes of the engine cycle: intake, compression, power and exhaust. While their motion is predicated on other engine parts and the mi... More »

As the piston in an engine moves down, a mixture of fuel and air gets drawn into the cylinder, which causes compression. This compression is ignited by the spark plugs, causing the exhaust valve to open to allow the burn... More »

A car's engine works by creating internal combustion, using a mixture of oxygen and gasoline. Electrical energy is discharged into spark plugs by the distributor and ignition coil to ignite the fuel mixture, which create... More »

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Pinging in an engine is the result of the air and fuel mixture within an engine cylinder igniting incorrectly, explains Cars Direct. This may be caused by using gasoline with an insufficient octane rating, carbon buildup... More »

The main components on a diagram of an internal combustion engine include the cylinder, which is the body of the engine, and the crankshaft, connecting rod, intake and exhaust valves, spark plug and piston. Fuel intake, ... More »