What are Engine Cylinders?
Are you on the hunt for a new vehicle? Or do you like to read about the latest auto news? Either way, you have probably stumbled across some technical specifications that may have been a little confusing. One spec that is usually mentioned is the number of cylinders that come with the engine. If you are unfamiliar with engine cylinders and what their numbers mean, read on and we will give an explanation.
What Do Engine Cylinders Do?
The engine is the heart of your vehicle, and when it runs smoothly, you can go wherever you want! The cylinders on your engine contain pistons, which help push force created by burning fuel to make your engine run.
What is the Difference Between 4-Cylinder, 6-Cylinder, and 8-Cylinder Engines?
4-cylinder engines have four cylinders, while a 6-cylinder engine will have six cylinders, and 8-cylinder engines will have eight cylinders. An engine can have any number of cylinders, though we typically see four, six, or eight with Toyota and Honda vehicles. Typically, engines with more cylinders will make more power, while fewer cylinders may mean a better fuel efficiency.
What are Inline Cylinder Engines?
If you come across a set of specs that describes an Inline 4-cylinder (or any number) engine, it means that all the cylinders are on one side of the engine in a straight row. V-style engines (such as V6 or V8) will be lined up in a V-shape.
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If you have any questions about your vehicle’s engine, please contact our service department. Our professionals will be happy to explain a component so you know what to look for when performing your own maintenance. If your vehicle is sounding a little off, feel free to schedule a service appointment and we will have it running like new!