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Video explains what is an air suspension

Video explains what is an air suspension

A lot of new cars and trucks are available with air suspension. A better name for the technology is air springs, as air suspension is essentially an alternative to the more familiar steel springs found on most cars and leaf springs found on older trucks. As the name suggests the technology uses air... read more

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Here's how your AC works and how you can recharge it

Here's how your AC works and how you can recharge it

You know that when you push the button marked "AC" you should feel a nice cooling breeze upon your body in short order. Those two letters stand for air conditioning, and it's... read more June 1, 2016 by


 
That Subaru rumble? Here's why that happens

That Subaru rumble? Here's why that happens

There's no doubt that you've heard the distinctive noise that is a Subaru in the distance. It's a rumble and you know what it means. A 2.5-liter "boxer" flat-4 engine is... read more May 31, 2016 by


 
Your tire pressure needs your attention

Your tire pressure needs your attention

David Wooderson thought it was all about his muscle under the hood. Clint Bruno, however, knew that what he could really use was a set of tires. You see, tires can make or... read more May 25, 2016 by


 
The difference between horsepower and torque

The difference between horsepower and torque

Horsepower and torque--forever intertwined due to our undying love for all that is internal combustion. Do you really know what the difference between the two is, though, and... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
Launch a manual gearbox car? Here's what you're doing to it

Launch a manual gearbox car? Here's what you're doing to it

You have a car with a manual gearbox. It's a fun car, so you want to go actually have fun with it. That means you might want to, on occasion, launch forward aggressively from... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
How the rotary engine works

How the rotary engine works

You're a master of all things LS. You completely understand the Ford FE big blocks. Those Honda B16 engines are no match for your knowledge base. At their core, these engines... read more May 16, 2016 by


 
Your engine also acts like a brake and here's how

Your engine also acts like a brake and here's how

Dear driver in front of me that's constantly tapping your brakes to adjust your speed... you do not need to do that. Simple let off your throttle pedal and let the engine do... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
What happens when you put gas into a diesel tank?

What happens when you put gas into a diesel tank?

When you open your fuel filler door, you may miss that bright green letter D staring you in the face. That D stands for diesel, and it's what your engine craves. If you put... read more May 9, 2016 by


 
Five things you should never do with a 4x4 vehicle

Five things you should never do with a 4x4 vehicle

You see that switch down by your knee. You can see that it has numbers and letters. You don't fully understand what it all means, but you're itching to test it all out... read more May 4, 2016 by


 
The difference between 2Hi, 4Hi, and 4Lo in real-world tests

The difference between 2Hi, 4Hi, and 4Lo in real-world tests

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is fitted with the standard setup you'd find in any truck that wants to go play in the dirt. There's two-wheel-drive and both four-wheel-high and... read more May 2, 2016 by


 
How electric cars can charge wirelessly

How electric cars can charge wirelessly

If you have an electric vehicle, it's a given that you'll have to find an outlet so you can regain those precious electrons. Your car runs on electricity, after all. How else... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
How turbocharger wastegates work

How turbocharger wastegates work

Your turbocharger. It's the snail of mystery attached to your engine, allowing it to breathe in more deeply. With the wonders of forced induction, a smaller engine can create... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
How to change your spark plugs

How to change your spark plugs

It's been fun learning more about how cars work with Engineering Explained. Now, though, it's time to dive into some basic maintenance tips that will help you grow ever... read more April 20, 2016 by


 
Diesel and gas, it's time to learn the difference

Diesel and gas, it's time to learn the difference

No, this isn't a story diving into the different models in the Volkswagen family. Instead, it's our friend Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained examining the differences... read more April 18, 2016 by


 
Five suspension modifications to avoid

Five suspension modifications to avoid

Hey #StanceNation...listen up, because Engineering Explained has a few words of advice for you. Well, not just for you but for everyone out there who's thinking about... read more April 14, 2016 by


 
 

 
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