Crankshafts - Convert The Vertical Movement Of Pistons Into A Rotation
Crankshafts – Convert The Vertical Movement Of Pistons Into A Rotation

Crankshafts are generally made from steel and sit below the cylinders and pistons in the engine block. Their job is to convert the vertical movement of the pistons into a rotation to be transferred through to the flywheel and then the transmission.

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