By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical rookies who won't be aware of their catalytic converters from their common joints, this functional consultant is helping educate a easy knowing of ways autos functionality. units are grouped in accordance with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the automobile, and more—to aid establish the know-how in query. fixing automobile puzzles corresponding to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this convenient reference illuminates what’s occurring lower than the hood with no all that dust and grease.
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A consequence is that the images they reflect appear to be farther away than they actually are. Because drivers adjust the seat position to fit their bodies, wing mirrors have to be adjusted so they reflect light to the drivers’ eyes. Less expensive mechanisms for adjusting the mirrors include direct mechanical adjustment either with an inside lever or by pushing on the ON THE CAR 35 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 36 mirror itself. Many cars allow drivers to adjust mirrors on either side with switches that control motors that rotate the mirrors.
Some cars have them on the turn indicator stalk or a similar stalk that is just for the cruise control. The control system can be seen under the hood. Look for a distinctive pair of cables running over pulleys, side by side. One of these is the throttle control connected to the accelerator pedal and the other is a throttle control operated by the cruise control system. H O W I T WO R K S The cruise control system controls the speed of the car by adjusting the throttle, just as you do with your foot on the accelerator.
Disc brakes cost more. Since the front wheels supply 60 to 90 percent of a car’s stopping power, it’s important to have the better brakes— disc brakes—there. And it’s cost effective to use drum brakes on the rear for most cars. However, sports and luxury cars don’t skimp; they have disc brakes on all four wheels. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS Brake fluid can be one of several different types of hydraulic fluid. In the United States these are described as Dot 3 (most common), Dot 4, or Dot 5. These are made of synthetic oils, silicon, or mineral oils.
A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey