Chapter 1 - Videos

Introduction and How cars work

For hundreds of years people have been compelled to find a better way to travel. It would be impossible to credit just one person for the development of the automobile. The word “automobile” literally means self-moving. People wanted a vehicle that could take them to new places. For many years people worked and lived within miles of where they were born and where they eventually died. Before the automobile, most people traveled on land from one place to another by foot, train, bicycle, or horse and carriage. Within a few years of the turn of the 20th century, the automobile would change society forever. Today, there are millions of vehicles on the roadways.

Ford Model T – 100 Years Later


How Cars Work
(JAES Company)


Car Tech 101: Understanding engine configurations (CNET)

Electric Cars vs Petrol Cars

Inside Tesla 06.19.12 – Assembly Center
(Tesla Motors)

4 Stroke Engine Theory
(Briggs & Stratton)

How Engines Work
(Toyota USA)


How Diesel Engines Work
(Toyota USA)


Career and Technical Education Teacher


These videos are embedded from YouTube and have been organized to support content learned in the Auto Upkeep curriculum. Even though the videos have been screened, due to the nature of the Internet students may navigate from the intended video to unanticipated content. It is also possible that the video maker may edit the video that is embedded. If this site is used in an educational institution it is recommended that the instructor review the videos before sending students to them.

If you would like to view additional videos from the video maker, the video’s YouTube Channel link is in parentheses ( ) after the title. and do not endorse any YouTube Channel listed. The videos were embedded to help you understand basic car care, maintenance, repair, and how cars work.

If you find additional YouTube videos that you believe would support the content in the Auto Upkeep curriculum, please email us the YouTube link.