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Engine warm-up through a thermal camera

Watch a cold engine heat up with a thermal camera

What does your engine look like on the inside as it warms up? Aside from some "Honey I shrunk the kids" scenario in which you could protect yourself from heat and the mechanical bits inside your engine, finding out seems impossible, doesn't it? Not with a thermal camera. Out of curiosity, Jason... read more

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Engineering Explained asks if a big hill can recharge a Tesla

Can a big enough hill recharge a Tesla?

Like most other electric and hybrid vehicles on the market, the Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S and Model X are both fitted with a system that allows them to recapture energy and... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
A video explanation on planetary gear sets

Classic video explains how a planetary gear set works

Gears come in all shapes and sizes. They are the toothy wonders that make the world go around, and they're incredibly important in the operation of a motor vehicle. There's a... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
Learn the differences between an automatic and manual transmission

The differences between automatic and manual transmissions

You no doubt know which type of gearbox you prefer, be it automatic or manual. Do you know how these gearboxes do what they do? If you don't, then today is your lucky day... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about wet sump and dry sump oil systems

The differences between wet and dry sump oil systems

All of those moving parts in your engine create heat through friction, and that heat needs to be mitigated or bad things will happen. This is the task of your oil. It... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
How Nissan's VVEL engines work

How Nissan's VVEL engines work

The letters VVEL are important to the architecture of Nissan engines. Those four letters stand for Variable Valve Event and Lift. What that refers to is a Nissan engine that... read more January 4, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about the Honda Accord Hybrid

How the Honda Accord Hybrid can behave like a Koenigsegg

Believe it or not, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan actually has something in common with an ultra-exotic hypercar produced by the Swedish brand Koenigsegg. That seems far... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
How to change a car's differential fluid

How to change a car's differential fluid

Our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained has already taught us how to change the oil in our cars. It's an easy process, and it's one that will allow you to get... read more December 29, 2016 by


 
How to change your car's transmission fluid

How to change your car's transmission fluid

Today's the day you learn how to change your car's transmission fluid. Our teacher? None other than our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained. He's taking the time... read more December 28, 2016 by


 
Hagerty rebuilds Chrsyler FirePower

Today in time-lapse magic: Hagerty's Chrysler Firepower V-8 rebuild

A complete engine rebuild can take weeks or months—even years—at the hands of highly skilled mechanics. Don't have that kind of time? (Who does?) Here's a... read more December 27, 2016 by


 
The five best basic modifications for your car

The five best basic modifications for your car

Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske is currently planning the modifications for his own project Honda S2000. He has some great things in store for that car, but he also... read more December 23, 2016 by


 
How winter tires differ from summer tires

How winter tires differ from summer tires

Winter has begun to embrace the country in its icy grasp, and that means it's past time you started thinking about winter tires. But are they really worth it and what do they... read more December 14, 2016 by


 
It's this easy to change your own oil

It's this easy to change your own oil

Our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained has been teaching us a lot about our favorite subject: cars. Today, he's here to talk about something that just might... read more December 12, 2016 by


 
How engine oil systems work

How engine oil systems work

Besides fuel, oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It keeps your engine rotating smoothly. This is accomplished by the properties of oil that allow it to lubricate moving... read more December 7, 2016 by


 
How to safely lift your car off the ground with jack stands

How to safely lift your car off the ground with jack stands

If you're going to do work on your own vehicle, you'll most likely need to get underneath it at some point. Unless you own a monster truck, this means that you're going to... read more December 5, 2016 by


 
The science behind the record-breaking Dodge Viper ACR

The science behind the record-breaking Dodge Viper ACR

When Dodge brought its Viper ACR to the production car party back in 2015, the automaker also brought a long a sheet filled with brand new track records. The ACR broke... read more December 1, 2016 by


 
 

 
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