Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How Do Centrifugal Clutches Work?

How does a centrifugal clutch work? What is a centrifugal clutch? Centrifugal clutches are used in go karts, mopeds, chain saws, lawn mowers, and many other small engine powered devices. They work by using the principle of centrifugal force to have a clutch shoe apply a friction pad against the clutch housing, thus rotating a device which requires torque to run. At idle speed, springs hold the clutch shoes in so that there is no torque transfer to the clutch housing.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Understeer Vs Oversteer - Explained

What is the difference between understeer and oversteer? What causes understeer and oversteer? How can you reduce understeer? How can you reduce oversteer? This video looks into both steering situations, and relates them to slip angles. A car with a larger front slip angle than rear slip angle will understeer. A car with a smaller front slip angle than rear slip angle will oversteer. This can be altered by changing many things, including downforce, camber, toe, tire compound, tire pressure, width, suspension geometry, spring rates, etc. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Slip Angles - Tire Traction - Explained

What is a slip angle? How do slip angles relate to understeer and oversteer? A slip angle is the angle between the direction the wheel is pointing and the direction the tire contact patch is traveling. This is a result of the elastic properties of rubber, which deform under friction. The slip angles of the front and rear tires dictate whether or not the car is understeering or oversteering, and they also influence lateral grip as slip angle is related to the coefficient of friction of the tire. 

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

2015 Subaru Outback - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Subaru Outback is on an all-new platform, with symmetrical all wheel drive and a lineartronic CVT. It features active torque vectoring, electric power steering, and a 2.5L boxer six with 175 hp. The all-new infotainment system includes a standard touch screen display and back-up camera. The touch screen, unlike many in the automotive world these days, is actually quite responsive.

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Standard features include:
- Extensive soft-touch materials
- Acoustic windshield and liquid--filled engine mounts
- Active Grille Shutter
- 60/40 split folding rear seats
- Three trim levels

The 2.5i Limited Includes:
- 18 inch alloy wheels
- Perforated leather upholstery
- Heated front and rear seats
- Rear seat climate control vents
- 12 Speaker 576 Watt Harmon Kardon Audio System
- Blind spot detection
- Lane change assist
- Rear cross traffic alert
- 7-inch touch screen

Options Include:
- Moonroof package
- Keyless access & push button start
- Navigation
- EyeSight
- Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle

Eyesight Driver Assist System Includes:
- Adaptive cruise control (works very well)
- Pre-collision braking
- Vehicle lane departure warning
- Steering Responsive Fog-lights

MSRP as tested: $34,135


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Top 10 Benefits of Having Your Car Stolen

Having your car stolen is awesome. There are so many benefits to car theft. So maybe your car insurance will go up, or maybe your vehicle will be completely destroyed. Look on the bright side, at all of the real benefits of this scenario! This list is only ten of some of the most common benefits of having your car stolen, there are certainly many more possibilities.

For the record, my car really was stolen, and the condition of the vehicle which was returned to me is exactly what you see in this video. Stealing a car is a crime, be smart folks. Happy April Fools!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Professional YouTuber - Earn Money From Your Home!

As a professional YouTuber, I treat my precious work hours with the utmost devotion. Making cash on the internet isn't for everyone, because apparently it alters your physical appearance as quickly as being president does. Regardless, lets have a look through a typical Monday morning as the brains behind Engineering Explained. Most of my work is obviously just contracted out. 

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For the record, all of the comments I read are real, but the rest of the video is merely my imagination at work and does not accurately represent how cumbersome delivering multiple videos a week, responding to questions, filming, editing, researching, and uploading really can be. Happy April Fools!

Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Review & Test Drive

The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax features a 5.7L V8 gasoline engine producing 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. This Tundra includes unique TRD Pro content, a 6 speed automatic transmission, 4WD on demand and an electronically controlled transfer case. It also features a 4.300 rear differential, engine and transmission coolers, tow hitch receiver, and a heavy duty battery and alternator.

Features Include:
- DOHC 32 valve
- Stainless steel TRD dual exhaust
- Double wishbone front suspension
- Trapezoidal multi-leaf rear suspension
- Power vertical rear window
- 5.5' double walled bed w/ deck rail
- 10 way power adjustable driver seat
- Entune premium audio
- 7" hi res touch screen
- Remote keyless entry system

TRD Content Includes:
- TRD dual exhaust
- TRD front skid plate
- TRD Bilstein shocks w/ remote reservoirs
- Toyota front grille
- TRD Pro bed stamp
- Black TRD Pro fabric trimmed seats

Options Include:
- Paint protection film
- Bedliner
- Remote engine start

MSRP as Tested: $46,259.00

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