Today we end our three part series on Part 3, “How Diesel Engines Work” with this final video that covers the valve timing diagram of a diesel engine. Missed the first two parts? Simply check the posts for the last two weeks.
Just imagine…you’re stuck in traffic on a summer afternoon with sweat trickling down your face, your hands almost slipping of the steering wheel and the back of your shirt soaking wet. That’s certainly not how you want to get to your desired destination, be it work, a lunch, or in fact anywhere at all. You might have already noticed what’s missing from this situation we just imagined, which is what brings us to our topic of discussion.
When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than the inside wheels. That means the outside wheels have to turn a bit faster than the inside ones, and the piece of mechanical wizardry that makes this possible is called the differential. The differential allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds and turns without the wheel binding or hopping. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is on the rear axle.