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What the heck does an oil catch can do?

What the heck does an oil catch can do?

Your engine is a violent place. It's filled with moving metal, hot oil and fuel, and a mass of moving air. All of that combines to create combustion, which is basically a series of continual explosions—and it's all happening right in front of you. During the combustion process, some of the... read more

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Are variable twin-scroll turbochargers the future of turbos?

Are variable twin-scroll turbochargers the future of turbos?

Turbochargers are—literally—spooling up, with every major automaker now offering at least one boosted model in their lineups (and one with four turbos). Today... read more July 18, 2016 by


 
The physics of launching a front-wheel-drive car

The physics of launching a front-wheel-drive car

Hot on the heels of his recent video showing us just how to best accelerate in a rear-wheel-drive car, Engineering Explained pro and Motor Authority friend Jason Fenske is... read more July 13, 2016 by


 
Is synthetic engine oil better than conventional for your car?

Is synthetic engine oil better than conventional for your car?

Our pal Jason Fenske at Engineering Explained addresses one of the most commonly-asked questions about car maintenance: should you use synthetic motor oil or conventional... read more July 7, 2016 by


 
The physics of launching a rear-wheel-drive car

The physics of launching a rear-wheel-drive car

Don't be frightened by all of the calculations on our friend Jason Fenske's famous white board: Launching a rear-wheel drive car properly is an exact science that is actually... read more July 5, 2016 by


 
5 things you should never do with a dual-clutch transmission

5 things you should never do with a dual-clutch transmission

Dual-clutch gearboxes are becoming increasingly common, and today's versions of these fast-shifting automatic gearboxes are far better than they were just a few years ago... read more June 30, 2016 by


 
Engineering Explained on the Nissan GT-R's all-wheel drive system

How the Nissan GT-R's all-wheel-drive system works

There are few cars more complex and sophisticated than Godzilla, also known as the Nissan GT-R. Our friend at Engineering Explained, Jason Fenske, has a knack for making the... read more June 27, 2016 by


 
How to change a car's coolant

How to change a car's coolant

Yes, there's a lot more to car maintenance than simply changing the oil. One of the most overlooked aspects is an engine's cooling system, which is as crucial to car owners... read more June 22, 2016 by


 
What factors change air suspension spring rates?

What factors change air suspension spring rates?

Just a week ago, we invited you to come along and learn about air suspension systems. Our friend Jason Fenske at Engineering Explained created a video discussing what air... read more June 20, 2016 by


 
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... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
Determining whether wheel spacers are good for you car

Determining whether wheel spacers are good for you car

Your wheels, they occupy the corners of your car. Sometimes you might want those corners to be a bit further apart from how the car left the factory. You corner hard and you... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
Here's how you launch a car with an automatic gearbox

Here's how you launch a car with an automatic gearbox

Launching a car with a manual gearbox can be tricky if you don't have a ton of practice. However, if your car has an automatic you have a much easier task ahead of... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
How it works: four-valve versus two-valve engines

How it works: four-valve versus two-valve engines

Your engine is composed of many moving parts and pieces. In order to move through the four stages of internal combustion, all of these bits and bobs are quite necessary. Some... read more June 6, 2016 by


 
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


 
 

 
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