Infographic: How a Car Engine Works

Are you completely clueless when it comes to that big lump of metal, fuel, oil, explosions, electricity, gas and chemicals that's sitting under your hood? Does suck, squeeze, bang and blow sound risqué to you? It's okay, you can tell us. We can help. Or more accurately, a bloke named Jacob O'Neal can help. He put together this animated infographic to explain, in the simplest terms possible, how an engine works.

It runs through everything from the four-stroke cycle to the roles of fuel, oil and air in the engine. It then delves into the different systems that keep the engine running. The information is easy to handle, clearly explained, and is not at all overwhelming. You might not be able to explain precisely how to completely disassemble an engine after this overview, but at least you'll know what a water pump does. Take a look below for the full chart, or click on it to go over to O'Neal's page for the embiggened version.

How A Car Engine Works, by Jacob O'NealInfographic designed by Jacob O'Neal