This article will solely concentrate on the engine of a car and its main parts. The article will also explain how to clean aluminum engine parts. There are many types of automobiles in the world. From sports cars to normal midsize cars. This article intends to only deal with the engines of medium size cars.
A small car covers about 100 to 109 cubic feet of space. A medium size car will cover about 120 cubic feet of space. Larger cars cover over 120 cubic feet of space. Let it be noted that a midsize car has the capacity for about 3,115 to about 3,395 liter of fuel. They are also call intermediates. According to European standards, they are classified as D-segments or large family cars.
These cars usually have a three to a four-cylinder engine. These engines are called 1.0 liter engines that produce about 125hp. An example would be a Hyundai i10. These cars can have a fuel consumption of about 45 Mph or 4.55 liters for 45 miles.
The engine and the engine parts
Most of the engines now used in cars are made of an aluminum alloy i.e. aluminum mixed with a percentage of magnesium. Generally, iron and steel engines were done away with because aluminum engines are very light and less expensive. The overall price of the car was brought down, making it affordable for average families to purchase. But besides the two very important reasons mentioned above; aluminum engines need less maintenance.
The parts of a car engine
The main part of a car engine is the cylinder block made of an aluminum alloy. It can be from a two to a four piston block. There are usually 14 parts that make up the engine. All the major parts are given below:
The cylinder block. This is the single, largest part of the engine. It is the main part conceptualized to give the engine its power to make possible to produce any kind of movement. This is the part of the engine that is made of an aluminum alloy. That is why most engines are called aluminum engines. Pistons, also made of alloys, move up and down in the cylinder block. Moreover, other parts in the engine are also made of aluminum.
The cleaning of a car’s engine
There are a numbers of ways to clean a car’s engine. If there is especially nothing notably wrong with the engine, the simplest way is to just polish and clean all the outer 14 pars with some specific liquid. It can be washed, flushed, wiped and rubbed. But these are all the parts that can be seen. Special liquids can be pumped into all the parts of the engine that are made of pipes or ducts. This pumping would remove any thickened oils or other impurities that have built up inside the engine. This is a simple approach. Only anomalies on the surface would be noticeable on any parts. This type of cleaning is best left to professional mechanics, usually at a workshop.
The most complicated approach to clean an engine will have to be done by professional mechanics at a workshop that has the equipment for such an operation.
All the parts of the engine that are connected to the car must first be opened up, disconnecting the engine’s body to the car. Then the workshop has to have some kind of pulley system with chains or cables or ropes. These chains or cables have to be carefully fastened around the engine or attached by hooks to specific points on the engine. The engine is then pulled out from the car very carefully. The engine is then, with extreme care, put down on a service table or a matted floor space specially prepared for the servicing to be done. All the necessary tools to open up the engine must be ready at hand if the work is to be done immediately and all the important parts are cleaned. It is at this time certain parts are also checked for wear and tear and fracture signs. The engine is then reassembled and placed back in to the car. All the parts of the engine are then again reconnected to the machinery in the engine’s compartment.
This is the general way an engine is cleaned. Now, the particulars are worth knowing about an aluminum engine.
Aluminum engines get oxidized very quickly. Besides dirt, grease and soot, there is also oxidation to be removed. So, mechanics might just use warm to hot water to wash and wipe or rub all the aluminum parts of engine. Sometimes vinegar is used with the water and the engine parts are left to dry. However, if there is a lot of oxidation still sticking on the engine parts, then special solvents are used to remove them. After the DE-oxidation is done successfully, automotive wax is then applied by the mechanics to prevent any further kind of corrosions. The engine is assembled and placed in the car’s engine compartment and reconnected to the car.
A sum up
This ends a preliminary view of a car’s engine and how to clean an aluminum engine. It should be noted that the cleaning service must be done by a professional so that the engine is not damaged in any respect.
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