: Didn't see the show, but this brings to mind some questions I've been
: wondering about:
: Is all present-day fuel injection done at the intake manifold? On
: 4-cycle engines, this would be before the intake valve. (I was really
: surprised when I helped my 16-yr-old son change an injector on his '77
: 280Z, and saw how the injector just connected to the intake manifold).
I have read several articles, some from rec.auto.tech and some from
magazines, that have talked about some very recent technology that
allows cost efficient injection into the cylinders. I don't know why
this is any different than diesel technology, but I think the main
problem has been injecting under the high pressure required by a two
stroke. On a two stroke with no valves, I think the fuel needs to be
injected after the exhaust ports close.
: Is there any fuel injection system that works like diesel
: engines--injecting directly into the cylinder at the top of the
: compression stroke?
Most of the major auto makers and several other companies have been
working on this over the last several years. I think it was either
Snow Week or American Snowmobiler that described about four
different aproaches that are in the R&D stages at different
companies. These were all two stokes, I don't know about four
stroke engines, or understand why it would be any problem.
: Last question, why is fuel injection more fuel-efficient than
: carburetor-fuel systems (where does the fuel get wasted)? It seems
: like metering fuel through a carburetor wouldn't be too much different
: than injecting into the intake manifold.
I think the main difference is that it is just easier to change the
duty cycle on the injectors than to change the fuel flow thru fixed
jets in real time. Before fuel injection took over there were many
carberated vehicles that had some way to change the fuel flow to
compensate for elevation.