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  • Basics of Configuring Drives
    The key to many motion applications is in sizing the drive components lying between the motor and load. Here are the basics. * The overall design determines basic drive mechanisms. * Motor-gearing combinations typically determine gear reduction ratios and other key parameters. Wikipedia page
  • Squeaks happen: A little grease might do the trick
    to a pinion gear. When the steering wheel turns, the gear rotates, moving the rack left or right to steer the car. While Visteon wanted a grease that prevents wear and extends the operating life of the gear, it was also concerned about this separate wear and noise problem. On the smooth side of the rack
  • 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
    The Lancer seems to be a well-kept secret in the U.S., though it is more popular in Japan. It's a real pocket rocket, carrying a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sixspeed manual tranny. Hit the gas with the car in second gear and you feel like you are headed for orbital speeds
  • 2003 Mustang Cobra
    at an awkward angle to the driver, making it a bit difficult to get at. The gearing is close and it's easy to shift into the wrong gear until you get the hang of it. The clutch, which is too stiff for my liking, combined with the hard shifting, makes driving the Cobra quite a workout. Our test vehicle
  • Introduction to Electric Motors
    that required from start to full speed. The greater the reserve torque, the more rapid the acceleration. Drive systems that use gear reducers have parts that rotate at different speeds. To calculate acceleration torque required for these systems, rotating components must be reduced to a common base
  • 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS
    cancel the shaking forces inherent to inline four-cylinder engines. Our test model came with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is also available. Speaking of the manual transmission, kudos to GM engineers for selecting a top gear ratio that keeps engine rpm at reasonable levels
  • Pontiac Grand Am GT1 - Smokin'
    adjusts spark timing, gear selection, and fuel delivery, to automatically limit wheel spin in slippery conditions. Designers used advanced computer-aided techniques to create a body structure that optimizes stiffness while minimizing weight. The car's high-performance suspension handles sharp curves
  • What is it -- SUV, truck, or UFO?
    For 2001 and probably beyond, trucks and sport-ute vehicles will continue to pour out of auto plants. But to keep interest levels high, automakers are getting a bit creative in their designs. The pullout storage tray has three compartments to hold up to 400 lb of gear. What's new in the auto world

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