How It Works

 
Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive technology

Here's how Subaru's 4 all-wheel-drive systems work

Subaru has carved a niche in the vast automotive industry by doing one thing: equip every single car it sells with an all-wheel-drive system. That's minus the BRZ, of course, which features rear-wheel drive. How does Subaru's system actually work? Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to... read more

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Electric motor, shown in 'How Does an Electric Car Work?' video by Learn Engineering

How does an electric car work?

Maybe not so shockingly (pun intended), many drivers don't know how an electric car actually works. For many, the knowledge spans as far as plugging it in, letting charge... read more July 6, 2017 by


 
A scaled-down working six-speed manual transmission built with Lego

Behold the working 6-speed gearbox made of Legos

Lego bricks allow folks to craft plastic, blocky versions of whatever exists in their heads. For some, this means following a given set of instructions to build a complete... read more July 5, 2017 by


 
This is how a sinkhole forms

Here's how those sinkholes that sometimes swallow cars actually form

A sinkhole is a devastating, geological assassin. It arrives seemingly out of nowhere and can cause serious destruction to roadways, homes and cars. But how does such a... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Why does Volkswagen have a water-cooled exhaust?

Why does Volkswagen have a water-cooled exhaust?

The Volkswagen Group loves its EA888 engine, found in popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. This is the turbocharged inline-4 available as a 1.8-liter or a... read more June 26, 2017 by


 
This is how your fuel pump works

This is how your fuel pump works

Are you curious about the bits and pieces that make your car do its thing? Sure you are, and today is a good day for you. That's because we've got a video here that will take... read more June 23, 2017 by


 
Explaining the differences between 17, 18, and 19-inch tires

Finding the difference between 17-, 18- and 19-inch tires

There's a balance to be found when you're on the hunt for a set of wheels and tires for your vehicle. Do you prioritize comfort over performance? Are you looking to increase... read more June 21, 2017 by


 
How 4WD works

How 4WD works: 4Hi vs 4Lo vs 2Hi

A modern vehicle can do a number of things for its driver. It can regulate traction, keep your braking pressure from locking your stoppers up, and make sure your engine... read more June 19, 2017 by


 
VW VR6 Engineering Explained

Why the Volkswagen VR6 engine is likely dying

The Volkswagen VR6 has been an incredible addition to the vast timeline of automotive engines. It saves space like an inline 4-cylinder, yet allows for increased power and... read more June 8, 2017 by


 
Do wider tires equal more grip?

Do wider tires actually have more grip?

Tires are an absolutely essential part of any car, truck, or SUV. Compounds can create unique handling experiences suited for any type of vehicle, and they can even make a... read more June 2, 2017 by


 
Nissan Titan Engineering Explained

How can the Nissan Titan brake quicker than a Mini?

A Nissan Titan weighs 5,811 pounds. A Mini Countryman weighs 3,629. The former requires a shorter distance to reach a complete stop from 60. Sounds crazy, but it's true, and... read more May 29, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained Lamborghini active aero

How the active aerodynamic system works on the Lamborghini Huracán Performante

The Lamborghini Huracán Performante is the king of the Nürburgring. It currently holds the track's quickest lap time of 6:52.01, and it ousted the Porsche 918... read more May 11, 2017 by


 
Are winter tires good in summer Engineering Explained

What happens when you run winter tires in the summer?

By this point, as we enter the middle of May, most drivers who use soft-compound winter tires have likely switched them out for a set of all-season rubber, or even some... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
How to fix a speedometer engineering explained

How to fix a misreading speedometer

It's a problem many may not know they're experiencing until flashing lights in the rearview mirror tell them otherwise. How do you know if your vehicle is reading an accurate... read more May 3, 2017 by


 
How do disconnecting sway bars work?

How disconnecting sway bars work

You off-roaders out there know all about disconnecting your own sway bars. You crave articulation, and you'll disconnect parts of your vehicle to get it. For those who don't... read more April 28, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained is testing their newly installed Honda S2000 rear differential

Can a gearing change make your car quicker?

If you change your car's gearing, can you make it quicker? The simple answer is yes. More aggressive gearing creates a quicker car but not a faster car. A gearing change will... read more April 27, 2017 by


 
 

 
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