By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical newcomers who won't recognize their catalytic converters from their common joints, this useful advisor is helping educate a simple figuring out of ways vehicles functionality. units are grouped in keeping with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to support determine the expertise in query. fixing automobile puzzles reminiscent of the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this convenient reference illuminates what’s occurring less than the hood with no all that dirt and grease.
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Since the front wheels supply 60 to 90 percent of a car’s stopping power, it’s important to have the better brakes— disc brakes—there. And it’s cost effective to use drum brakes on the rear for most cars. However, sports and luxury cars don’t skimp; they have disc brakes on all four wheels. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS Brake fluid can be one of several different types of hydraulic fluid. In the United States these are described as Dot 3 (most common), Dot 4, or Dot 5. These are made of synthetic oils, silicon, or mineral oils.
The accelerometers activate the system when they detect a crash at speeds greater than 15 to 25 mph. 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.
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. This is one of the advantages of disc brakes. Brakes can heat up to several hundred degrees in vigorous stopping and disc brakes cool faster than drum brakes, which are enclosed.
A Field Guide to Automotive Technology by Ed Sobey