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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Re:: howstuffworks material..   

So I bet I'm going to get yelled at for asking this, but I also bet I'm not the only one who would like to see it..

Does anyone know of a website or a book that has pictures and breaks down how things work in a motor. Preferably one that deals with our engines, but the principles are the same across all internal combustion engines i bet.

This sounds like something extremely easy to find, and hell, it might be, but what I'm really looking for is something with diagrams that explains how every piece interacts with the next piece and what happens when you alter the characteristics of the parts, i.e., how changing the cam will affect the valves, what happens when you change the exhaust size, etc.

really I guess I just need pictures, I can read a tech manual all day and eventually regurgitate it back, but I'm a visual person, if I can't see it, I sometimes have trouble understanding it.

Mostly it's cams and carbs I want to learn I guess, but i'll never turn down an oppurtunity to learn more about it all..
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www.howstuffworks.com i think is the site... very cool automotive section.....
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www.howstuffworks.com i think is the site... very cool automotive section.....

I agree. Howstuffworks is the place.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:40 PM   #4
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My best advice, get ahold of a cheap motor that turns freely, and have at it.

You learn more, and have FUN doing it when your ride doesn't rely on you putting it back together by Monday morning...
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I glanced over howstuffworks, but must have missed some pages, i'll check more thoroughly later today.

One of my biggest unknowns is how various lifts affect cam/valve interaction. I know they do, and i've read it before about a bigger lift meaning the valves stay open longer and whatnot, but i guess i just need to get my hands on one and actually roll it through the action, like i said, if i can't see it, i sometimes have trouble understanding it.

as for taking my time, my bug has been basically parked for almost two years now, it is much nicer when i don't have to worry about how i'm getting to work the next day :P
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