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At its core, boat propulsion is simple. Whether a boat is propelled by a water jet or a propeller, a pressure difference is created, providing the required thrust to move the boat through the water.  There are a wide range of propulsion systems on modern watercraft, incorporating different technologies and layouts to achieve optimal performance. Inboard, outboard, and sterndrive are the most commonly seen designs. The sterndrive, also known as an inboard/outboard, incorporates elements of
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When your car struggles to start up, your first thought is probably “What could this be?” followed by “How much is this going to cost?”. Pinpointing exactly what is causing a no-start condition is tricky. Turning your key to the “on” position begins a complex process behind the scenes, with various components working to instantly provide your vehicle with the necessary fuel, air, and power to begin and sustain combustion.  While each component has the
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We’ve all been there before. You’re in a rush to get to your destination, trying to get out the door while you still have a shot to make it. And then it hits you… “where are my keys?” Now in many cases, they’ll turn up within minutes to hours in the most obvious spot possible like always. But what if they don’t? Not having your keys isn’t just an annoyance, it directly interrupts many of
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For many vehicle owners, the various numbers and terms used when referring to different vehicles and the engines in them can become overwhelming. To mechanics and enthusiasts, these terms tell you loads of important information on the mechanical makeup of a vehicle.  One of the most telling descriptors of a car is the engine configuration, which you have most likely heard or seen before. Configurations like the I4, V6, and V8 dominate the consumer automotive
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It’s not uncommon to open your hood to the unsightly scene of corroded battery cables/terminals, with whitish-blue crystals seemingly growing from parts of your battery. This is a frequent occurrence in cars despite the worrying appearance, but still doesn’t mean it should be ignored. What’s Leaking From My Battery? The bright crystals developing on the battery terminals result from a chemical reaction. Automotive batteries take chemical energy and convert it to electrical energy to be
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