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  • Basics of Configuring Drives
    at a different speed ratio or with an intermittent motion. Linear drives include leadscrews, conveyor belts, cranes, and rack-and-pinion drives. Rotary drives include all types of gearheads and (toothed) belt constructions. It typically takes just a few parameters to describe the conversion of power
  • Squeaks happen: A little grease might do the trick
    effectively and more economically. Visteon Automotive Systems, for instance, was concerned with a knocking noise in its rack-and-pinion steering system noticeable under mechanical shock, as over potholes or railroad tracks. Functionally, the steering system consists of a toothed rack that mates
  • New Mercedes goes back to steering-column shifter
    has space for six adults three pairs of single seats and is about 5 in. longer than the Cadillac Escalade. The platform makes use of power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel independent suspension with double control arms in the front and four-link suspension in back. Braking
  • 2003 Mustang Cobra
    is what you'd expect: a little rough over bumpy roads, but great response when cornering, thanks to power-assist rack-and-pinion steering. Traction control is standard, but a simple push of a button beneath the radio turns it off. This, for some, is license to try and lay some rubber with
  • 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
    . Suffice to say it would not be your choice for bumpy country roads. The MR carries Bilstein struts in the front and stabilizer bars front and rear. These components, combined with a quick-ratio rack-and-pinion steering, make the
  • 2001 Mercury Cougar C2
    , as well as higher-ratio rack-and-pinion steering gear for better control. The Cougar C2 handles well. The suspension is tight and soaks up bumps in the road, making them barely noticeable. Steering is crisp what you would expect in a sporty car. Mileage figures rate at 29 mpg highway/20 city, which
  • What is it -- SUV, truck, or UFO?
    might ask, how is this different from other sport-utility vehicles? First of all, the Aztek wide-track chassis, with a 62.7-in.-wide front and a rear track of 63.8-in., is wider than most mid-size SUVs such as the Dodge Durango. Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard. The MacPherson strut front
  • 2003 Honda Civic Si
    side air bags with a Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System are available. The seats and look-through-loop headrests have a decidedly "European " firmness, consistent with what Honda terms a race-inspired suspension. Electric, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, a rear reactive-link

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