When a car's engine injects fuel into the cylinder chambers, the reaction creates a force that generates rotational momentum to the shaft and over the transmission, it translates that power to the wheels, right?
But, something's bothering me, how does the car actually move, is it dependent on the force of friction? Wheels have a contact with the road in one exact point and when the drive gets to rotate them, a force is exerted on the road in the direction of movement and there is friction that is counteracting it.
Is the key to get a car properly moving to have the drive force equal or less than the force of friction to keep that point locked to the ground and use the rolling of the wheel for translational displacement ie. moving forward? If it's bigger than the force of friction, that would cause the wheels to spin in place?
Am I completely off or am I getting something right? If there's a knowledgeable person on this topic, I'd greatly appreciate some insight, perhaps even a bigger response with some basic vehicle physics.