Connecting rods are used in numerous situations, most commonly in the engines of automobiles. Connecting rods connect the crankshaft to the pistons and are necessary for the proper functioning of an internal combustion engine.
The small end of the connecting rod connects to the piston with a piston pin. The piston pin, or wrist pin, provides a pivot point between the piston and connecting rod. Spring clips, or piston pin locks, are used to hold the piston pin in place.
- The purpose of a connection rod is to provide fluid movement between pistons and a crankshaft. Connection rods are widely used in vehicles that are powered by internal combustion engines.
- Farm equipment like tractors and combines also use connecting rods.
- Even construction equipment like bulldozers use internal combustion engines, thus requiring connecting rods.