A Field Guide to Automotive Technology - download pdf or read online

By Ed Sobey

ISBN-10: 1569762651

ISBN-13: 9781569762653

Written for mechanical newcomers who would possibly not recognize their catalytic converters from their common joints, this useful advisor is helping train a simple figuring out of the way cars functionality. units are grouped in keeping with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to support determine the know-how in query. fixing automobile puzzles similar to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this convenient reference illuminates what’s happening below the hood with no all that filth and grease.

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I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS When he was vice president of Raytheon Corporation Ivan Getting came up with the idea for GPS, and Professor Bradford Parkinson of Stanford was the chief architect and first program manager of the GPS system. Both men were inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame for inventing the GPS system. S. 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.

Mary Anderson invented a simple wiper for streetcar windows in 1903. Anderson lived most of her life in Birmingham, Alabama. But on a trip to New York she noticed how hard it was for a trolley driver to see through the windshield during a rainstorm, and this experience prompted her to invent the wiper. Wipers for headlights were added by Saab in 1970. Now rain-sensing wipers have appeared on luxury cars. 34 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 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 35 Wing Mirror B E H AV I O R Wing mirrors allow drivers to see behind them along both sides of the car.

Most license plates are made by prison inmates. 027 inch-thick aluminum. The aluminum has to be washed and flattened. Plates are not painted; graphic sheets are glued to the plate. The corners are rounded and holes are punched for mounting. The raised numbers and letters that are unique to each plate are stamped into the plate. Prison inmates stamp each plate individually. Then the raised numbers and letters are inked. After that the plates are loaded into an oven to set the ink and adhesive (that holds the graphics).

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