A common question the Auto Doc receives has to do with what the SOHC and DOHC terms mean and their differences. Both refer to the location of an engine’s camshafts and whether there’s one or two of them. For a Single-Over-Head-Cam engine, there’s one camshaft located atop each cylinder head that actuates the valves. In a Double-Over-Head-Camshaft layout (shown here), there are two in each head: one to actuate the exhaust valves and the other for the intake valves.
OK, but the real question is, does this actually mean anything to you? In most cases no, but it is generally accepted that DOHC motors are more performance oriented and thereby offer more bragging rights and cachet. But, the Auto Doc generally ignores this as there are a good many high-performance SOHC motors out there, too. Either will usually provide higher revving capabilities, and often higher horsepower levels per engine displacement, than the older cam-in-the-block design that’s typical of past domestic V-6 and V-8 designs.
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