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Better Methods of Control S'm
plify Problem of Regulating-
More New Cars Sold Mean Less
Something distinctly new in the
way of traffic regulation and safety
work is offered in a bulletin just is
sued by the Washington Automotive
Trade Association to the effect that
traffic and safety can be narrowed
down to a sales problem.
The thing that is doing more to
simplify traffic and safeguard motor
ists and pedestrians is the automobile
itself, it is declared.
According to the bulletin, every
new car sold carries with it as ur
ance of quicker getaway, safer riding
•*ud surer stopping. There is such a |
distinct improvement in the 1924 cars, I
It is said, that the W. A. T. A. be- j
lieves it is not genuinely progpt sivc i
to struggle for solutions to problems i
that are .largely concerned with the ;
use of old cars.
Better far* Anuner.
"Much of the nation's traffic and i
safety work,” says the statement, "is !
on a par with trying to make frame ■
buildings fyeproof. The time is com- !
ing when it will be just as safe and |
quite as easy to operate cars in com- |
plex traffic as in the days before traf
fic was considered a problem. Better
cars will be the reason. It is ob
viously a matter of coming as close
♦o this ideal as possible by keeping
abreast of the improvements.
"A year ago automobile retailers
were willing to concede that the in
crease in registrations was getting
ahead of the solution to safety and '
traffic simplicity, because j
were selling cars that were different !
only in that they were new. The j
country was faced with a motor prob- j
fern and every additional xar served ,
to aggravate it. Today the situation t
Is exactly the reverse. Every car be- i
. mace offers at least several im- j
provements in control, and just thi* j
•>. e poin alone will do more toward |
solving the problem than any amotint |
of legislation.
Advances in Control,
'The cars now on the market reveal I
the greatest advance in control since !
the automobile came into use. They j
can be operated by the 'touch' sys- j
tern, resulting in greater ease of con
trol, economy of effort and time, and
far greater safety. You scarcely
move the clutch pedal when starting,
stopping or shifting. A slight move
ment of the gear shift lever attends
to the speeds. The power plant is so
responsive that speed ranges in high
gear cover virtually the entire range
demanded of a car. And when you
want to stop there is Wie same sure
response to the mere pressure of the
foot on the brake pedal.
"It means that every car sold is a j
safer car on the street. As these nm
chines replace those in use motoring j
will be greatly simplified, even grant
ing a larger increase in registration.
"Can any motorist imagine what
traffic and highway conditions would
be like if the 15,000.000 cars now on
the streets were 1910 models? The
automobile improves a mile a minute,
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John Smith and His Car
—————— /•<■■■•
John Smith is a character whom every motorist should welcome. He
is not selfish; rather he is a motoring martyr, a chap willing and glad to
have exploited, in an interesting way, his experiences for the benefit of
i the other 10,000,000 or more members of the motor clan.
\<». 43. “The Ignition System.”
; After the trouble he had had with
his generator, Smith resolved to make
; a study of the whole ignition sys
j tein. But his plan would have gone
the way of all resolutions had he not
been caught on the road with a
"dead" engine. He was literally
forced to learn or be stranded.
It happened that I was in the car
with him, but when he looked at m
as much as to say, “Here's a job sot
you,” I decided to . let him worry
over matters a while and learn by th*
"deduction” method.
••I'm su -e the trouble is In the wir
ing.” he began, “because the engim
stopped suddenly, without any hesi
tation, which is usually the case when
the gas line is to blame. I wonder if
it could be this thing,’\ho concluded.
■ pointing to the coil box.
"I m* sure I don't know.” 1 said, j
! "But wouldn’t it be more logical to
| start with the ignition wires?”
"Yes.” Smith agreed, “but they
j seem to be connected to the spark
j plugs and apparently the wires are
| not broken.”
Finding the Trouble.
"Very good. Then the next thing
1 to do is to examine the distributor.
There can’t be anything wrong with
the spark plugs, because they
wouldn't all go bad at once; you could
get a little action out of the engine
Smi’h began looking around for the
distributor, and ended by examining
the connections on the generator.
"You might as well be examining
the brakes,” I said. “They are about
: as much to blame for this breakdown
i as the generator.”
"I thought this was the distributor.”
I Smith pleaded.
t “You should know better,” I rc
| torted.'AVhat doe s the word ‘dlstribu
j tor’ mean? Simply a means of dis
! tributing the ignition current to the
1 respective plugs. Thus by following
| the ignition wires back from the
' plugs you arrive at the head of the
i distributor. Each wire ends in a con
| tact point on the inside of the cover.
; The ■ e'ectric current coming up
and one of its latest features is to
solve the very problems which its
popularity has created.
"One of the biggest problems of the
moment is in displacing the old cars
that are troublesome to drive, unsafe
under present conditions and an en
cumbrance upon traffic. The 1924 car
is handling this in a particularly val
uable way."
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! through the shaft is distributed tot
the contact points by means of a
rotor, which works in unison with the
timer, so that the spark arrives at
each cylinder at tjio right time.”
At this point Smith looked worried.
Here’s u thing that puzzles me.” he
said. “For electric current you have
got to have two wires—one for the
Positive charge, the other for the
negative. How does the spark get to
the plug through these single wires?”
How System Operates.
"Did you ever see twft overhead
vires to operate a street car?" 1
asked byway of arriving at an ex
danation. “The positive current goes
through the overhead wire and the
car completes the electric cycle
through Us contact with the tracks
and the ground. It’s somewhat the
same with the ignition system of the
utomobil-’. The negative wire is
grounded to the metal frame. There
for you need only a one-wire system,
though some • ars are equipped with ;
two-wire system for lighting."
‘lOopd enongh," Smith replied, “but
; here’s another point: How do they
i manage to jump a spark across the
gap between the spark plug points
when there is only a six-volt battery
in the car? Tiie four dry cells which ,
run our door boll give hardly any i
spark, and then only when you touch i
the wires together.”
“.Now You're asking a real ques
tion,” I replied. “When you get this
idea in your mind you will see the
whole ignition system clearly. We
start with six volts running through
the positive wire from the battery.
This wire winds around an iron core
and then terminates in what is known
as the ‘make and break,’ which is
directly under the rotor in the dis
tributor. Around this primary wind
ing of wire is a secondary coil of a
very large number of turns of fine i
wire carefully insulated from the :
other. One end of this wire is ground- ;
ed and 'he other goes to the rotor in j
the distributor.”
I‘axnagr of Current.
"Wait a minute.” Smith interrupted, j
"How tiie mischief does the current ,
get from one coll to the other?”
iilii / W of it s 1924 models, \ || II I
Butch has broken \ ill |
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I including it's own, 'll
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"By Induction,” I explained. "That's
why the arrangement is called the
‘induction coll.' This is the thing
practical Jokers use when they give
you an electric shock. When the cur
rent Is interrupted In the primary
coll, electromotive force of high volt
age is induced in the secondary. If
the ends of the wires of the secondary
winding are slightly. separated. a
spark will jump across th.* gap. That
is what happens at the spark plugs.
The current in the primary is inter
rupted by the ‘make and break,’ which
is timed to work In harmony with the
rotor. There are many details to the
subject, of course, but this is the prin
ciple of the ignition system.”
And to make it clear, wo decided
to follow the current from the bat
tery to the plugs. The lesson proved
to be of twofold value, because we
discovcred that the wire to the posi
tive post of the battery had not been
properly connected. The current was
not even reaching the ignition sys
tem. so Lt was not difficult to under
stand why the engine stalled. * Had
an experienced motorist been looking
for the trouble he would have dis
covered that the battery w;ls in some
way to blame when he tried the lights
and found they would not burn. But
-Smith lost nothing by taking the de
Next Week; “A piowout."
(Copyright. 1921. by Hie Oilman Feature
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Dower air pressure In balloon tires
has made It necessary that proper In
flation schedules be graduated at fre
quent intervals. A 6.20 balloon tire,
for instance, under load of 1,060
pounds, should be inflated to twenty
six pounds air pressure.
Assuming that another passenger
got Into the car, addins eighty
pounds to the load for that tire, the
air pressure should be increased to
twenty-eight pounds.
In studying this condition for all
types and sizes of balloons. Miller
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life of the tire.
It is recommended that the inflation
for roadsters and coupes be kept at
the point required for two passen
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sedans, at the point required for
three passengers, and for seven
passenger tourings and sedans, at the
point required for four passengers.
When this procedure Is followed
It is not necessary to change the in
flation pressure for additional pas
sengers. If the tire is kept inflated
to the minimum pressure recom
mended for the car with one passen
ger, and five or seven passengers are
carried, there is danger that the tire
will go out of service prematurely.
If the car owner, after being out
In bad weather, will take the trouble
to wipe the tires and rims clean with
a sponge and then wipe them dry, es
pecially along the beads, he will do
much to prevent the formation of
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