By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical newbies who would possibly not understand their catalytic converters from their common joints, this functional consultant is helping train a simple knowing of ways cars functionality. units are grouped in keeping with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to aid determine the expertise in query. fixing car puzzles reminiscent of 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 out all that dirt and grease.
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The amazing thing is that it can do this to an accuracy of only a few feet even though the satellites are thousands of miles away. The GPS unit computes the position of the car in terms of latitude and longitude. This, of course, isn’t useful to you unless you know the latitude and longitude of where you are going. The location information is integrated onto a map database so drivers can see where their cars are in relation to street addresses, roads and bridges, and other key points. The map data is stored in a factory-installed ROM (read-only memory).
H O W I T WO R K S A fuse is a thin strip of metal conductor that has two electrical contacts and is encased in a plastic housing. As the current in a circuit rises, heat generated by electrical resistance rises too. Inside the fuse the conductor will melt if the current rises too far. When it melts, the circuit opens, stopping the dangerous flow of electricity. A car’s electrical system is divided into several independent circuits. Each electrical circuit is protected by a fuse. This allows different circuits to operate at different voltages and currents.
Locking the hubs on the wheels on an axle connects the wheels to the power provided through the differential. This forces the wheels to spin at the same rate as the wheels on the other axle—great when you need full traction but bad on dry pavement. 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.
A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey