connecting rod


Definition of connecting rod

: a rod that transmits motion between a reciprocating part of a machine (such as a piston) and a rotating part (such as a crankshaft)

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To find the extra grunt for JCW models, Mini modified the crankshaft, installed new main bearings, a larger turbocharger, and JCW-specific pistons and connecting rods, and tweaked the compression ratio. Annie White, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mini JCW Countryman and Clubman Get More Power," 14 May 2019 That can cause abnormal combustion and damage pistons and connecting rods. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Hyundai finds new engine problem, prompting another recall," 30 Mar. 2019 Instead of just having a connecting rod between the crankshaft and piston head, there's now a multilink arrangement around the crankshaft, with the con-rod attached to one end. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Suddenly, its piston engine blew, throwing two connecting rods. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane," 11 Aug. 2018 Infiniti's solution involves replacing the usual connecting rod between the piston head and crankshaft with a multilink arrangement. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Hyundai recalled about 470,000 vehicles in September of 2015 because manufacturing debris can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "NHTSA to investigate fires linked to Hyundai-Kia engine failures," 27 June 2018 Smaller piston skirts cut 27 grams while the connecting rods are 41 grams lighter. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Mazda MX-5 gets 26-hp boost," 23 June 2018 The stock internals were replaced with a billet-steel crankshaft, forged pistons, and billet-steel connecting rods for improved strength and durability, and the intake and exhaust systems were redone to optimize airflow. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "12/10 Would Drive: Brabus Is Building 10 888-HP Super G-Wagens," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of connecting rod

1839, in the meaning defined above

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