A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey

By Ed Sobey

Written for mechanical newbies who would possibly not be aware of their catalytic converters from their common joints, this sensible advisor is helping train a simple figuring out of ways autos functionality. units are grouped in line with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the motor vehicle, and more—to aid establish the expertise in query. fixing automobile puzzles akin to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion steerage, this convenient reference illuminates what’s occurring lower than the hood with out all that filth and grease.

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In low traction and off-road situations, one or more wheels may loose traction or even lift off the road. To solve this problem, a system of traction control applies brakes to the wheel that has lost traction. This prevents the free wheel from spinning wildly and distributes more torque to the other wheel. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS Like much of the early history of cars, electric vehicles led the way with four-wheel drive. Ferdinand Porsche demonstrated a car that had four electric motors, one mounted in each wheel, in 1899.

These defrost systems are operated by a separate control and shut off automatically. INSIDE THE CAR 51 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 52 DVD Player B E H AV I O R DVDs are used to entertain those sitting in the rear seats. They can watch their favorite cartoons or other movies to make the miles fly by. H A B I TAT DVD player controls can be located either in the center of the dashboard or between the front and second row of seats in a minivan. The screen drops down from the ceiling, secured on a hinge, so only those in the back seats can view it.

However, drivers in following cars have a better angle and can see the arrows clearly. 36 A F I E L D G U I D E TO A U TO M OT I V E T E C H N O LO G Y 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 37 INSIDE THE CAR SLIDE INTO THE DRIVER’S SEAT of a new car and your eyes are drawn to the instrument panel. So many knobs, levers, and gauges grab your attention that it might be hard to focus on the road. Displays tell you the outside and inside temperatures, the direction in which you are traveling, the engine’s temperature, and the radio program blasting out of the speakers.

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