By Ed Sobey
Written for mechanical newcomers who won't comprehend their catalytic converters from their common joints, this functional advisor is helping educate a easy knowing of ways vehicles functionality. units are grouped in response to their habitats—under the hood, contained in the automobile, and more—to support determine the expertise in query. fixing automobile puzzles resembling the place precisely does a dipstick dip and what's rack and pinion steerage, this convenient reference illuminates what’s occurring less than the hood with out all that filth and grease.
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Thermostat controls direct or block the engine coolant from entering the heater core. Dual control heat systems that allow separate passenger and driver controls have, in essence, two heater cores. Fans blow air over and through the heater core, through ducting, and into the passenger cabin. I N TE R E S T I N G FAC TS The first electric heaters in vehicles were in electric streetcars. Thomas Ahearn, the Canadian Thomas Edison, founded the Ottawa Electric Railway Company in 1891. To warm passengers in the cold Ottawa winters, he had electric heaters installed in the cars.
Inside the dark recess of the fuel tank a float rides atop the fuel. As the fuel level drops, the float drops with it. Connected to the float is a variable resistor that controls the current in the electric circuit that is monitored by the gauge. After you have taken out a second mortgage to pay for a tank of gas, the float will ride at its highest position and the electric current flowing through the gauge circuit will be highest. This drives the needle on the gauge to the big F. As the fuel level drops, the float rides lower and reduces the current in the circuit.
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. Check the owner’s manual or the inside of the fuse box for a diagram that shows which fuse protects each system. Extract the fuse from the position protecting the system that isn’t working and insert one of the spares. If your luck is good, the change of fuses will have solved your problem.