By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical newbies who would possibly not be aware of their catalytic converters from their common joints, this sensible advisor is helping train a simple realizing of ways vehicles functionality. units are grouped in keeping with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to support establish the expertise in query. fixing car puzzles corresponding to 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 no all that dirt and grease.
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Some cars have keyless ignition switches, too. H A B I TAT It hides out in a pocket or pocketbook until you pull it out to fiddle with the buttons or insert it into the ignition. H O W I T WO R K S These keyless systems are keys that are electronically encoded. The key fob transmits the coded signal as a 315 MHz signal (in North America). The fobs come from the factory preprogrammed with unique codes. They are paired with automobiles that “learn” the code from the fob. A computer in the car is set to receive the code of a fob and “remember” it as the key.
The driver can barely see them, as the LEDs are positioned behind the glass in the wing mirror. However, drivers in following cars have a better angle and can see the arrows clearly. 36 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 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 37 INSIDE THE CAR SLIDE INTO THE DRIVER’S SEAT of a new car and your eyes are drawn to the instrument panel. So many knobs, levers, and gauges grab your attention that it might be hard to focus on the road.
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. Less expensive mechanisms for adjusting the mirrors include direct mechanical adjustment either with an inside lever or by pushing on the ON THE CAR 35 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 36 mirror itself.
A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey