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By Ed Sobey

ISBN-10: 1569762651

ISBN-13: 9781569762653

Written for mechanical rookies who won't be aware of their catalytic converters from their common joints, this functional consultant is helping train a easy realizing of ways vehicles functionality. units are grouped based on their habitats—under the hood, contained in the motor vehicle, and more—to aid establish the expertise in query. fixing car puzzles similar to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this useful reference illuminates what’s happening below the hood with out all that filth and grease.

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Navy’s efforts to provide more accurate navigation for its ships—especially its ballistic missile submarines. Until the year 2000 civilians could receive only degraded information from the GPS system, as the military didn’t want to allow potential adversaries to have access to the most accurate navigation information. INSIDE THE CAR 61 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 62 Hand-Cranked Window B E H AV I O R You rotate the handle and the window moves up. Rotate it in the other direction and down she goes.

The accelerometers are tiny electromechanical devices that send an electric signal. The accelerometer signals a microprocessor that in turn sends a high-current electric pulse to a heating element called a squib. The squib heats solid propellants and that causes an exothermic (or heat-generating) reaction combining two chemicals to form nitrogen gas. As the bag expands, it pushes its cover away to escape its confinement at 200 mph. Less than 1/20 of a second after the car is in a collision, the air bag deploys.

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. The first gasoline cars with four-wheel drive were built for racing or as sports cars.

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