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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Recommended reading on auto technologies

Can we get a mod to sticky this?

First, most of the articles are going to come from How Stuff Works. Second, for articles specific to our cars, check out the technical section here. MN12 Performance also has some technical how-tos.

That said, that is not the purpose of this thread. This thread is to link to more basic automotive info that will help you to understand what certain mods are or how they work. The links will be focusing mainly on the mods that we do on our cars. There are a lot of other articles there, check 'em out.

How Car Engines Work

How Automatic Transmissions Work

How Camshafts Work

How Differentials Work

How Gear Ratios Work

How Torque Converters Work

How Mufflers Work

How Brakes Work (this one has further links to different types of brakes and braking system components).

These should be a good starting spot. If anyone has more they can add, feel free. These should be more informational articles than how-tos.
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i second the sticky. its just a good aide to have around. -greg
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I think this would be the best place for it, give the basics early on and the rest will be easier.

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That was my thinking. It would probably even be good reading for those who have been around for awhile. Knowing that the mods work is onething. Knowing HOW and WHY they work takes you to a whole nother level.
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Not bad.I always use that site if I am not sure on something.You might also pick up some more things along the way.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 08:39 PM
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Talking seen it a year or so ago

try this out, scroll down to the "motor oil bible " link and click that, then you come to a link to download a free copy," do it ""do lt" you get a edited version of the book but it great reading also give a shot if you want some detailing advise......if you like this i know a few more post back
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Great starting place for someone trying to learn.
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yeah i think so too
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 11:39 PM
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For the first update in three years, I humbly suggest filling in the gap between the compulsory basics here and the brain of your car, the EEC.

Guitar Maestro has an excellent 'Required Reading' post in the top of the EEC Tuning forum with links to sites that will give you almost anything you need to know.. and one of the best I've seen ...and in 15 years, that's a few.. is

And at the top of their reference list is the book that gave me all I needed to get enthusiastic, Probst's Ford Fuel Injection & Electronic Engine Control
Actually I started with the previous edition and you might want to as well, to understand the genesis of the system.

I can't recommend it highly enough. Probst walks you step by step through the elements of engine management and you'll get a great feel for how the Ford EEC's work.

Track it down and buy it, you wont be sorry

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