Asked by Sep 14, 2010 at 01:35 AM

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What does the v stand for on engines, i cant figure it out

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what kind of car is this on and where is this"V" on the engine? and are you refering to a V6 or V8 or something like that?


V refers to the piston layout, V6 or V10 for example, where the piston or cylinders are in a V formation. The crankshaft is at the bottom of the V and the cylinders are laid out upwardly from the crank to the left and right to form a V. An in line or straight engine has it's cylinders in a line and a flat or boxer engine has its cylinders horizontally opposed.

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