By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical newcomers who won't recognize their catalytic converters from their common joints, this useful consultant is helping train a simple realizing of the way vehicles functionality. units are grouped based on their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to support establish the know-how in query. fixing car puzzles resembling the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion steerage, this useful reference illuminates what’s occurring less than the hood with out all that dust and grease.
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Wing mirrors help drivers see places that the rearview mirror doesn’t show. H A B I TAT They are attached to each of the front doors, near the forward edge. H O W I T WO R K S Do you remember the scene in the movie Jurassic Park when the Tyrannosaurus rex was chasing the car? ” As if the T-rex wasn’t close enough! Wing mirrors are not flat. They have a convex shape to capture images of a wider area. 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.
The air bag itself can cause injuries when it quickly inflates and hits the passengers. People get scratched by the bag and their glasses can smash into their faces. However, air bags provide cushioning and more gradually slow the forward momentum, reducing the possibility of serious injury. As the occupant’s momentum pushes on the deployed 38 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 39 air bag, the gas is forced out of the bag through small holes.
The vents for the defrost system are aligned under the windshield. Rear windshields have de-ice/defrost wires embedded in them. H O W I T WO R K S Warm air is blown across the windshield to evaporate the condensate that fogs your vision. Warm air holds more moisture than cold air so air is warmed before being blown out the vents. However, before the air is warmed, it is cooled. Does that make sense? Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air, so cooling the air first through the air conditioning system reduces the amount of water in the air.
A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey