Open the hood of your car and youâ€™ll find a confusing mishmash of wires, tubes, and mechanical devices. What are all of those things? Written for mechanical novices who may not know their catalytic converters from their universal joints, A Field Guide to Automotive Technology will help them gain a basic understanding of how their automobiles function. How does an airbag know when to deploy? What is rack and pinion steering? And where exactly does a dipstick dip? Even seasoned gearheads will learn from this guide as it traces the history and development of mechanisms they may take for granted.Â A Field Guide to Automotive Technology has more than 130 entries, each with a clear photo to make recognition easy. Devices are grouped according to their â€śhabitatsâ€ťâ€”under the hood, inside the car, and moreâ€”to help the reader identify the technology in question. Once the â€śspeciesâ€ť is discovered, the entry will tell you its â€śbehaviorâ€ťâ€”what it doesâ€”and how it works, in detail. This guide also includes sidebars on related technical issues, such as how to mix up a batch of homemade windshield wiper fluid. It even discusses other vehicles found on our nationâ€™s highwaysâ€”buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and moreâ€”as well as a few off-road vehicles.