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I had a friend (not a very reliable resource) that told me that the wankel engine was held together by 1 bolt at 2000 psi. Personally I think he is blowing smoke up his butt, but I thought I'd ask anyways..?
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The only thing I can think of that is even remotely similar to "1 bolt at 3000 psi" is the 54 mm nut that holds the flywheel on the eccentric shaft (= crankshaft). It gets torqued to 300 lb-ft. But that doesn't "hold the engine together"; it simply holds the flywheel in place, and I've never heard of this nut failing. Quite the contrary. Usually it's a pain in the rear to get off!
The engine is held together by a number of long tension bolts. Don't quote me on the exact number, but I think it's 15 or 16. And the components are located in relation to one another with two metal dowels that can also be an annoyance to deal with. Mazda didn't take any chances when designing the basic engine. It would essentially be impossible for one to blow apart explosively. Don't even worry about that possibility.
Yeah, he knows nothing about a rotory. He's one of those american muscle or nothing people so just though I'd make sure. Then again he's also a guy that gets his on the head with a baseball bat when he's drunk.
Also yall know if there is a book that I could get a hold of to learn all about the rotory and how it works. I figure since i'm going to be getting one in a few years i need to be able to take care of my baby.
Hehe, I didn't even notice it, being from Texas it seems natural. Though to sound like a total dork, yall is already plural as it is a contraction of you all. But enough of this, back to the joys of rotaries!
Strider if you are looking for a book on the Rotary engine you can try Haynes manuals ( http://www.haynes.com/na.html ) The manuals include procedures for everything from routine maintenance to complete engine overhaul, and include wiring diagrams in the back of each book. It's pretty thick reading. You can find it at Autozone, or Pepboys. Take a look at it to see if it's what you are looking for.