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By Ed Sobey

Written for mechanical newbies who would possibly not recognize their catalytic converters from their common joints, this useful consultant is helping train a simple knowing of the way vehicles functionality. units are grouped in accordance with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the vehicle, and more—to aid determine the know-how 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 occurring below the hood with out all that dirt and grease.

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However, before the air is warmed, it is cooled. Does that make sense? Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air, so cooling the air first through the air conditioning system reduces the amount of water in the air. Cooling reduces the humidity before the air is warmed so it emerges with very low vapor content and a high capacity to absorb water vapor. Air is forced out of vents so it moves along the interior side of the windshield and the driver’s and front passenger’s windows. Heating wire embedded between sheets of glass in the rear windshield clears the fog there.

3 km) long. 52 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 53 Flares (Fusee) B E H AV I O R Hopefully they sit unused in the trunk of your car. When needed and ignited, they emit a blindingly bright light to warn other drivers to avoid your disabled car alongside the road. H A B I TAT Usually they are found in a plastic package in the trunk or other storage compartment of a car. H O W I T WO R K S Flares or fusees are containers of chemicals that, when ignited, combust in a heat-generating chemical reaction.

For example, the starter motor draws much more current than the lights or radio need, and it has a fuse with a higher current rating. INSIDE THE CAR 57 828-CRP AutoTech_interiorR4 3/10/09 6:07 PM Page 58 Automotive fuses are designed for up to 24 volts and up to 30 amps, although most have lower current ratings. Most common are bladetype fuses that plug into slots in the fuse box. Many cars come with spare fuses inserted into dummy sockets inside the fuse box. If a fuse fails, you will notice that one system or several systems won’t operate.

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