What’s the first thing you think of when it comes to getting your car from Point A to Point B? Many different systems come into play getting your car down the road, but the heart of most cars and trucks is the internal-combustion engine.
Gasoline engines — by far the most common on the road today — come in fuel-injected or carbureted versions. Many cars began using fuel injection in the 1970s, and most manufacturers picked up on the technology in full-force by the mid-1980s. Fuel injectors, through electronic inputs, control the mix of air and gasoline sprayed into the cylinder.
Most older cars use carburetors to create the air and gasoline mix. Both methods shoot air and gasoline into the cylinder, where the spark plug — or plugs — starts a series of explosions that drive the pistons, which then turn the crank, which then spin the rest of drive line.
Diesel engines are a little different. Diesel is sprayed into the cylinder, where compression — not spark plugs — is used to ignite the fuel. The engines were often more fuel-efficient than their gasoline counterparts, and improvements in emissions control pushed the technology to the mainstream. Since 1970, diesel engines have become a more common in many cars and trucks.
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