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A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey

By Ed Sobey

Written for mechanical beginners who would possibly not comprehend their catalytic converters from their common joints, this functional advisor is helping train a easy realizing of the way cars functionality. units are grouped in keeping with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to aid determine the know-how in query. fixing automobile puzzles corresponding to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion steerage, this convenient reference illuminates what’s happening below the hood with no all that dust and grease.

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Wherever you see the letters SRS (Supplementary Restraint System) an airbag hides beneath. H O W I T WO R K S Accelerometers, devices that detect sudden changes in speed, switch on a gas generator that is housed in the engine compartment. The fast-expanding gas flows through tubes into nylon bags that quickly inflate. Small holes in the bags allow the gas to escape moments after the collision. The accelerometers activate the system when they detect a crash at speeds greater than 15 to 25 mph. The accelerometers are tiny electromechanical devices that send an electric signal.

The door falls down to provide the front-seat passenger with a cup holder or two. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS The glove box was designed in early cars as a place for the driver to keep gloves. Cars were not enclosed and didn’t have heaters so drivers needed gloves in cold weather, and they stored them in a compartment conveniently built into the dashboard. INSIDE THE CAR 59 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 60 Global Positioning System (GPS) B E H AV I O R It shows you the way to go home.

As the fuel level drops, the float rides lower and reduces the current in the circuit. Too soon you find yourself watching the gauge needle, trying to push it back up to F with your eyes. Should the float system fail, the gauge needle will point to the dreaded E even if you have a full tank of gas. Thus, the system should never show a higher level of fuel than exists in the tank. 56 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 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 57 Fuses B E H AV I O R Fuses are the safety valves in any electrical system.

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