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 advisor is helping train a uncomplicated realizing of the way autos functionality. units are grouped based on their habitats—under the hood, contained in the automobile, and more—to support establish the know-how in query. fixing automobile puzzles equivalent to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this convenient reference illuminates what’s happening less than the hood with no all that dust and grease.

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The security of the child seat depends on how it is affixed to the car. Usually adult seat belts are clipped around the base of the child seat. A 2002 regulation now requires that cars come equipped with an anchor behind the rear seat to which the top of the child’s seat can be attached. When children outgrow the child seats, they should use the adult seat belts while sitting on booster seats. The seats raise them high enough so the adult belts contact their bodies at safe positions. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS Not a new invention, child car seats were first introduced in the 1920s.

Most cars have power brakes that use an additional source of power, a booster, to increase the pressure in the brake lines. Pressurized brake lines force the brake pads to rub against the rotor or drum. In disc brakes, commonly found on the front wheels, the pads INSIDE THE CAR 45 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 46 are held in calipers that pinch the rotor (which is bolted to the wheel). You can see these brakes behind or through openings in the wheel. Because they are open to the air, they dissipate heat quickly.

The hand-cranked window is found only in less expensive cars these days; most often the windows are operated by electric motors. H O W I T WO R K S The handle in the door is connected to a small gear that meshes with a larger gear. This larger gear would take up lots of room inside the door, so instead of using a full, 360 degree gear, a smaller partial gear is used. It is only about one-quarter of a complete circle, and is called a quadrant. A long lever arm is attached to the quadrant and that pushes the window up and down.

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