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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 is one actually "better" than the other? A younger version (no gray hair yet) of Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske... read more

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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


 
Here's how you rev-match with your manual transmission

Here's how you rev-match with your manual transmission

So you want to shift gears like a race car driver? Well, Engineering Explained is here to to help. There's a reason we keep posting these videos, and that's because you're... read more April 11, 2016 by


 
How to heel and toe and also why you should be doing it

How to heel and toe and also why you should be doing it

It's one of the final levels you need to beat to unlock "True Enthusiast Power": the heel-toe downshift. This is a perplexing bit of coordination that, once you perfect it... read more April 6, 2016 by


 
Four reasons why the rotary engine is currently dead

Four reasons why the rotary engine is currently dead

Mazda's misunderstood Wankel rotary engine is among the most respected—and maligned—powertrain designs ever, as Engineering Explained's Jason Fenske points out in... read more April 4, 2016 by


 
Diagnosing your dead car with help from Engineering Explained

Diagnosing your dead car with help from Engineering Explained

We've all been there. You walk out to your car, eager to get moving and begin your day. Your key slides into the ignition and you give it a quick twist. It starts to make... read more March 30, 2016 by


 
Here's how you double clutch

Here's how you double clutch

Double clutching: It's one of those terms car enthusiasts often use to describe both what they've done in their own cars and what makes a good clutch. But how many of us... read more March 29, 2016 by


 
Should you be using the button on your parking brake?

Should you be using the button on your parking brake?

The Parking Brake. The E-Brake. The Drift Wand. There are plenty of names we use to refer to the parking system that keeps our vehicle in place when you need it to stay... read more March 23, 2016 by


 
 

 
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