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Import Auto Service
4012 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas - 702-880-9300
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4012 W Charleston Blvd - Las Vegas, NV 89102
(1 block west of Valley View on Charleston)
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We use a spark to ignite and explode gas and air inside a little chamber called a cylinder. ("internal combustion")
This explosion pushes a piston, which is cylinder-shaped. (Oil makes the piston slide easily up and down the cylinder.)
The pistons are connected by metal rods to the crankshaft. The crankshaft rotates around really fast, and this power goes on to spin your wheels. (the spinning power actually goes into your transmission, which uses a bunch of metal gears to "transmit" power to your wheels)
In 1876, the first 4-cylinder car engine was built by Nikolaus Otto...some German guy.
There was engines built before this, but they all sucked. Otto's engine served as the prototype for today's automobile engine.
You would think, after 140 years, we would have made some big changes to a car's engine, but NO, it's pretty much the same thing:
Over the years, people have made this process more efficient. We now "inject" the fuel into the chamber in exact measurements. We have made engines smaller, with more power. We can shut off cylinders when we are idling or coasting. For the most part, though, its the same basic concept.
The moral of the story; humans are good at using explosions to make metal move really fast (with the help of some German guy)...
Your basic Engine (and Human)
Tune Ups / Oil Changes (these two common services might help avoid the next few words you never want to learn)
Replace Engine - New, Rebuilt
Timing - Belt, Chain, Cover, Gears
You could simplify your engine parts into two; the cylinder head and block. These house a bunch of smaller parts.
The head will connect your spark plugs and valves (air, fuel and exhaust).
The block will hold your crankshaft and resevoir of oil.
Repair and replacement costs will obviously vary from vehicle to vehicle.
Repair / Replace / New / Used / Rebuilt
Hopefully, you just need a tune up. But life isn't always that easy.
If you one day find out that blue smoke coming from your exhaust seems to be getting worse...
If you need to put a quart or two of oil in between changes...
If your "Check Engine Light" is angry at you, and won't shut up...
If you begin to realize that knocking noise or shaking isn't your car's happy dance...
If you are losing compression in your engine, your loss of fuel efficiency won't be your biggest concern...
Here at Charlie's, you have a master mechanic to diagnose and perform your engine repair or replacement, located in central Las Vegas.
Charlie's Import Auto
Diagnostics, repair and service for all domestic and import vehicles.
(702)880-9300 Call Now for a Free Quote!
Our Engine Services Include:
Engine Repair / Replace