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By Ed Sobey

Written for mechanical beginners who would possibly not be aware of their catalytic converters from their common joints, this useful advisor is helping train a easy figuring out of ways vehicles functionality. units are grouped in accordance with their habitats—under the hood, contained in the motor vehicle, and more—to aid establish the know-how in query. fixing automobile puzzles corresponding to the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion guidance, this useful reference illuminates what’s occurring less than the hood with no all that filth and grease.

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It provides key navigation information in an easy-to-follow visual format and orally and instantly updates the directions when you miss the critical turn. H A B I TAT GPS units are usually mounted on the dashboard where the driver can easily see them. Some are removable so they can be locked away for security when the car is parked. H O W I T WO R K S Two dozen navigation satellites orbiting the earth continuously transmit time signals at microwave frequencies. Each satellite has an atomic clock so it can deliver time accurately.

I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS The cruise control was invented by a Ralph Teetor, a blind inventor who was annoyed by his lawyer’s driving. The lawyer would slow down and speed up depending on whether he was talking or listening. In addition to Teetor’s several inventions, he ran a car parts manufacturing business. 50 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 51 Defrost System Control B E H AV I O R With a flick of your wrist you send a stream of warm, dry air over the inside of the windshield to remove the condensation and improve visibility of the road ahead.

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. These first seats were not a safety device for the child but were designed to restrain the child from crawling around the car and causing problems for the driver. Later models weren’t much more effective for safety until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered improvements in 1971.

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