Category: Engines

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You get in your car and are coated by a yellow indicator that won’t go away. Or maybe you are driving to work in the daylight and you glance at the MID to find that the analysis engine light is on. What does it mean? What should you do? Most importantly, are you in any significant trouble?

Every car has an onboard computer that manages and keeps check of the various features and purposes of a vehicle. This could change from things like an anti-lock braking system, managing the properties in an automatic car, reducing the air and fuel mixture, and much more. Fashionable cars are riddled with sensors installed at various crucial points. These sensors continuously interact with the main computer and if at any time they confront a problem, the computer will warn the driver via the analysis engine light. Usually, this pointer looks like an engine (or like a very large tap, to some) and glows yellow. Yet, it can also glow orange or red. If the light is constantly on, then it means that the enigma detected is not very dangerous but should be looked after at the earliest practicable. If the light is blinking then you have a pressing problem and it is not desirable to drive the car. If you are driving the vehicle when the light starts shining, then it is best to stop quickly and get the vehicle towed. Neglecting it could cause further injury to the car and even threaten your life if you keep driving.

Check error codes

As discussed earlier, there are numerous sensors connected to the main computer of the car and therefore the number of things that could go opposite is also vast. There are error codes incorporated with various issues and knowing these can point you in the general region of the difficulty. But how do you get to understand what error code is being dispensed by your vehicle? To know the error code, you will require an apparatus that can be plugged into your car’s computer and present the code. Almost all contemporary cars come with an OBD II port and you can buy a Bluetooth OBD device for it. The OBD II port is commonly located under the steering shaft or close to the boot announcement latch in some cars. Once you determine the port, plug your device into it, and combine the device to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You will have to download an app on your smartphone in order to interface with the device correctly. Once installed, you can see the list of failures right on your smartphone protection. A quick Google search of the law will tell you what the code signifies. Sometimes the cause of analysis engine light is as simple as a loose fuel fill lid or unplugged wires. Such small problems can be fixed without the need for nursing a mechanic. After you have corrected the issue, you can use the equipment to receive the error codes and your check generator light should work away. The same task can also be performed with the help of a dedicated distinguishing device that connects to the same port but has a performance of its own and buttons to operate the menu.

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Thinking outside the box does not always constitute a brilliant design. While engineers may try to change the face of the automobile industry as we know it by redesigning or inventing a powertrain, not everything goes according to plan out there in the real world. Mazda’s rotary engines are a prime example of a bizarre engineering feat that truly swept out, all the way up until it came crashing to a standstill and got discontinued entirely. It was an amazingly clever work, but it was also horribly ineffective and few people knew how to work on them when things like apex seals started to wear.

Half a decade back, Car and Driver did this fun little piece on unique powertrains, where they included everything from tank engines to late 1700s oddities. Novelties aside, we typically remain focused on increasing cars over here at the Cheat Sheet; so we said to disregard all of the really bizarre stuff and focused on creating a list of cars that could have been corrupt at one point or another.

Probably the densest feature of this article is that this cheat sheet just scrapes the surface — there have been countless other cars throughout antiquity that have packed some seriously strange strength. But for us, those next ten engines were a cut above the rest, and even though they served (to an extent), it continues unclear as to whether any of their fame lives on in the cars we see now.

Although supercars and strange Frankensteins from the past centenary are to blame for a lot of the motors you will see today, note that ordinary vehicles are also quite susceptible to receiving bizarre powertrains. While the preponderance of the vehicles seen on the road over the years has been powered by run-of-the-mill machinery, the oddball generator has made an appearance on quite a few ordinary looking transports as well, starting with a Jelly Bean shaped minivan.

1. Toyota Previa

In 1994, Toyota did an odd thing and worked slapping superchargers on its 2.4-liter outfitted minivans. Since nobody supercharges a minivan, we had to combine this one on the list, as this engine was not only odd because it

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In 1994, Toyota did an odd thing and worked slapping superchargers on its 2.4-liter outfitted minivans. Since nobody supercharges a minivan, we had to combine this one on the list,

had a blower (something Toyota is not widely known for), but in that, it highlighted a different mid-engine layout directly beneath the front seats. While the motor was sound in design, its positioning was not, and changing glitter plugs typically involved removing a passenger seat, carpet, and an access panel just to get to the damn thing.

2. Cizeta V16T

Oh what a mess this car was, and it became so abundant potential too! Originally teased in 1988, this Italian sports car offered a 560 horsepower, 6.0-liter motor that was not a V16 at all, but two

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Oh what a mess this car was, and it became so abundant potential too! Originally teased in 1988, this Italian sports car offered a 560 horsepower, 6.0-liter motor that was not a V16.

V8 engines that assigned a particular block and were attached at the hip by a timing case. To say that these things were complicated would be quite an understatement, and we don’t even want to think about what it would be like to track down a vacuum leak in one of these behemoths.

3. Mazda/NSU Wankel Rotary

The Mazda/NSU Wankel motor is perhaps the most popular engine on now cheat sheet. The first thought in the early 1960s by German engineer Felix Wankel. While the thought of a giant camshaft

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The Mazda/NSU Wankel motor is perhaps the most popular engine on now cheat sheet. The first thought in the early 1960s by German engineer Felix Wankel.

flopping round inside an engine willy-nilly may have sounded like a poor design at first, it proved to be quite a hit for Mazda, as it took the idea and put it into full production for various decades. Although these lightweight engines were prone to premature seal failure, excessive heat soak, and quaffed gas, they packed one hell of a punch once equipped with a turbocharger like in certain variants of the iconic Mazda RX-7.