A Field Guide to Automotive Technology

A Field Guide to Automotive Technology

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by Ed Sobey
     
 

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Written for mechanical novices who may not know their catalytic converters from their universal joints, this practical guide helps teach a basic understanding of how automobiles function. Devices are grouped according to their habitats—under the hood, inside the car, and more—to help identify the technology in question. Solving automotive

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Written for mechanical novices who may not know their catalytic converters from their universal joints, this practical guide helps teach a basic understanding of how automobiles function. Devices are grouped according to their habitats—under the hood, inside the car, and more—to help identify the technology in question. Solving automotive puzzles such as where exactly does a dipstick dip and what is rack and pinion steering, this handy reference illuminates what’s going on under the hood without all that grime and grease.

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In the format used in three previous field guides, Sobey once again provides easily digestible explanations of everyday things that are often taken for granted. In straightforward, nontechnical, often witty prose, he helps readers identify items on, inside, and under the car, as well as under the hood, and explains what they do and why. He also painlessly reviews a few principles of science and mechanics here and there. The 130 entries range from basic to complex, from bumper and windshield to differential and constant velocity joint boot. They are all accompanied by serviceable black-and-white photos to help readers identify the items under discussion. Perhaps the most enjoyable feature of the book is the inclusion of interesting facts for most of the entries. For example, at the end of the brief discussion concerning speedometers, readers are told that the first speeding ticket was given in 1896 to a driver in Great Britain who was guilty of zooming along at eight miles per hour in a two-mile-an-hour zone. Most of the material concerns passenger vehicles, but there are also sections on off-road vehicles, motorcycles, buses, and human-powered conveyances.-Robert Saunderson, formerly at Berkeley Public Library, CA

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ISBN-13:
9781613741719
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
610,248
File size:
12 MB
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