Most American adults can drive a car, but that does not mean that they know what to do when something goes wrong with it. Even those of us who may never be able to fix a car problem should be familiar with basic engine auto parts. This way, when the car starts making crazy sounds, we will at least be able to make an educated guess about where it might be coming from.

The most basic component of any engine is the cylinder, with basic engines having one cylinder and cars having as many as eight. Cylinders can be arranged in three different ways; inline, V or flat. The configuration of the cylinders effect smoothness and different options work best depending on the vehicle.

The spark plug is the part of the engine that ignites the mixture of air and fuel to allow combustion to occur.

If the spark does not happen at exactly the right moment, then the car will not be able to run properly. If the car is difficult to start, especially on cold mornings, there is a good chance that there is a problem with the spark plug.

Another basic part of any engine that must be working properly is the valve. There are two kinds of valves in an engine, intake and exhaust. These valves open and close at the appropriate times to let air and fuel in and exhaust out. It is very important that the valves close during compression and combustion to seal the combustion chamber.

These are just a few of the many intricate engine auto parts that make any car run. If a car has a serious problem, it is always best to take it to a professional rather than for an amateur to try fixing the problem at home. However, with a little bit of information about the basics and the things that can go wrong with them, a responsible automobile owner can have some idea about the problem before they get to the garage.

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