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The engine

The engine is the heart of your car. It is a complex machine built to convert heat from burning...

How the braking system works

Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels, operated by a hydraulic system. The brakes may be di...

How manual gearboxes work

Internal-combustion engines run at high speeds, so a reduction in gearing is necessary to transm...

How a car clutch works

The first stage in the transmission of a car with a manual gearbox is the clutch. It transmits en...

How a diesel engine works

Traditionally, diesel engines have always been seen as noisy, smelly and underpowered engines of ...

How car suspension works

There are various ways of attaching the wheels of the car so that they can move up and down...

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