Automotive Dictionary: Air-Cooled Engine

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Automotive Dictionary: Air-Cooled Engine
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Air-Cooled Engine:


Engine using air as a cooling system. The air is fan-driven across heavily finned cylinders and heads. The fins are usually made of aluminium alloys and increase the heat-dissipating area. Air-cooled engines are usually run at higher temperatures than water-cooled and so need larger bearing clearances. Due to the absence of the sound baffling water jackets they are also usually noisier.
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