Difference between 2 Stroke vs 4 Stroke Engine

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Today I am going to tell you about main difference between 2 strokes vs 4 stroke engines. We all heard about both of these engines but few of us know the basic differences between them. Before discussing on this topic first you should know about stroke. The stroke in an engine is the distance covered by the piston from top dead center to the bottom dead center. In simple words, stroke is the distance of cylinder between piston moves. If a piston moves 2 times in the cylinder, that means, engine is known as two stroke engine and if it moves 4 times in a four stroke engine. The crankshaft rotates one time between 2 strokes.
Difference between 2 Stroke and 4 Stroke Engine
The basic and main difference between two stroke and four stroke engine is that the crankshaft complete one revolution in one power stroke in 2 stroke engine and complete two revolution in one power stroke in four stroke engine. So the 2 stroke engine give high power compare to 4 stroke engine but the 4 stroke engine is more fuel efficient. There are many other differences which are given below.

Difference between 2 Stroke vs 4 Stroke Engine

S. No.
Two Stroke Engine
Four Stroke Engine
It has one revolution of crankshaft within one power stroke.
It has two revolution of crankshaft between one power strokes.
It can generate high torque compare to 4 strokes engine.
It generates less torque due to 2 revolution of crankshaft between one power strokes.
It used port to inlet and outlet of fuel.
It used valve to inlet and outlet.
2 stroke engines require lighter flywheel compare to other engines because it generates more balanced force due to one revolution for one power stroke.
It requires heavy flywheel because it generates unbalance force due to two revolutions for one power stroke.
The charge is partially burn and mix with the burn gases during inlet. It is due to port mechanism.
In four stroke engine charge is fully burn and does not mix with burn charge in ideal condition.
Easy lubrication due to lubrication oil mix with the fuel.
Comparatively complicated lubrication.
More lubricating oil requires because some oil burns with fuel.
Comparatively less lubricating oil requires.
These engines give less thermal efficiency.
These engines give more thermal efficiency.
It has high power to weight ratio compare to others.
4 stroke engines have less power to weight ratio.
It creates more noise.
It is less noisy.
Two stroke engines are less efficient and generate more smoke.
Four stroke engines are more efficient and generate less smoke.
These engines are comparatively cheaper.
These engines are expansive due to valve and lubrication mechanism.
These engines are easy to manufacture.
These engines are comparatively hard to manufacture.
These engines are generally lighter.
These engines are comparatively heavier than 2 strokes due to heavy flywheel and valve mechanism.
These are mostly used in ships, scooters etc.
These engines mostly used in car, truck, and other automobiles.
Due to poor lubrication more wear and tear occurs
Less wear and tear occurs.
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12 thoughts on “Difference between 2 Stroke vs 4 Stroke Engine”

    1. Hi Saurabh,
      At the initial stroke piston moves at BDC by manual cranking using kick (in motorcycle) or by automatic cranking using starting motor (in Cars) and it sucks fuel due to partially vacuum created inside the cylinder. The pressure difference between carburetor and cylinder inside works as driving force for charge.

  1. Is it me or i think that two strokes engines are diesel engines and vice versa with otto and four strokes engine ?

  2. You did a good job in differentiating d 2 types of strokes..It awakens my zeal in d subject.Thanks.pls replicate more of dis next time

    1. Flywheel stores the energy that is supplied during the power stroke in the form of kinetic energy and supplies it back during the other power consuming strokes. In simple words, it keeps the engine running smoothly.
      Clutch plates are the parts of clutch mechanism and are friction discs that connects engine power to the gearbox. Clutch provides control to change drive speeds shift gear ratios when the plates are disengaged and supplies power to the wheels when the clutch is engaged.
      Piston is the component that moves up and down inside the engine cylinder due the pressure build up after the mixture of fuel and air burns. The up and down motion of the piston is covered into the rotary motion of the crankshaft which is connected to the flywheel which is connect to the clutch and and finally to the gearbox and driving wheel. The crankshaft is the first component in this series of rotating bodies and clutch and crankshaft have the same axis of rotation.

  3. Suresh Chander Gupta

    1. For 2 Stroke engine, lube oil is mixed along with Petrol, In case of 4 stroke engine, there is no need to mix lube with Petrol.
    2. Most of the 2 or 3 wheeler are Automobiles are 2 Stroke.

    Please confirm this understanding.

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