Everyman's guide to motor efficiency; simplified shortcuts to maximum mileage at minimum cost

9781236137999: Everyman's guide to motor efficiency; simplified shortcuts to maximum mileage at minimum cost
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ...over the radiator--a development of the old plan of partly covering the radiator in cold weather. The shutters work like a Venetian blind and are operated by a thermostat or, in some cases, by hand, the driver using his own judgment in the matter. THE RADIATOR SHUTTERS--OPEN These are similar to the Venetian blind and when in this position do not interfere seriously with the flow of air. These automatic devices are in reality very simple and very reliable and rarely give trouble. Follow directions in the instruction book for caring for them and making adjustments; but in case anything goes wrong give the job to someone who knows the work. The automatic valve interferes with the draining of the cooling system, for when the engine is cool it closes and traps much of the water. Means are therefore provided for opening the valve by hand when draining is necessary. Don't forget this when draining the system to avoid freezing up. What to Do When the Radiator Leaks. There is not a great deal that the inexpert man can do when a radiator springs a leak. Leaks may occur where they cannot be reached without special tools wielded with special skill. A cellular radiator can leak only at the ends of the tubes, at the front and back of the radiator, or around the edges of the core, and a little solder applied on the right spot will stop the leak. This kind of soldering, however, is rather ticklish because of the danger of melting the solder already there and so causing more leakage and making the trouble worse than ever. A light copper should be used, and it must be applied with a delicate touch. In case a tube is defective inside, an expert can remove it and put in a new tube. But it takes an expert to do it. Such a leak can be temporarily stopped by plugging the front a...

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