The Care of Automobiles

9780217886789: The Care of Automobiles

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The strong odor of acetylene will enable the motorist to quickly detect leaks. Leaks are most apt to occur around the generator gasket and at the rubber connections of the lamps. If lamp lights up quickly with a yellowish flame, it indicates a leak. When the system is working properly, the light should start up slowly with a slight hissing noise and a clear white flame. The silver reflectors should be kept scrupulously clean--a slight film of dust will greatly affect the reflecting power. In rainy and muddy weather cover lamps with waterproof covers. Always carry a reserve supply of carbide in an air-tight tin, several new burners, and some of the fine brass wire for cleaning burners. CHAPTER XIX--GASOLINE Gasoline by itself is not dangerous. But its vapor mixing with air forms a violent explosive, and it is this fact that necessitates care in handling and storing it. Undoubtedly the best way to store gasoline is by means of the underground steel tank. The tank may be buried in any convenient spot near the garage, piped to inside of the building and the pump installed. The more expensive outfits are equipped with pump and automatic measuring devices. The gasoline may also be drawn by gravity or by air pressure. In handling gasoline it is as important to keep it away from the atmosphere as it is to keep it away from the naked flame. Ignition of the liquid results in a fire; ignition of the vapor results in an explosion. Don't leave half filled gasoline cans lying around and see that the gasoline is shut off on the car before leaving the garage. Use no open flame lights in the garage and see that the electric wiring is insulated with extra care. The latter is a fruitful source of danger. See that no oilsoaked waste or rags are lying around. In spite of every preca...

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