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No, this is not Jack D. Ripper speaking...
The dipstick idea reminded me...
Cars should have a separate compartment
from the main engine bay where all the
fluids - brake, clutch (if any), oil, water
and washers can be replenished without
having to lean into a hot, dirty, oily engine
bay. It might also be a good idea for the
battery and fuses to be there too.
I know Bristol have had a separate wing
compartment for battery and fuses for
decades, but not sure about other,
The washer fluid reservoir should top up
the more localised washer reservoirs as
these tend to empty at different speeds...(I
have been stuck with no screen but plenty
of rear window fluid...!)
This area could be under the hood, but it
might be a good idea to have the engine
covered with a clear, separately openng
lid, leaving only these 'user-servicable'
aspects accessible under another cover
(the hood would still be allowing dirt in,
I always wonder why engine bays are open
to the floor - my old Saab used to have an
almost enclosed engine bay (96 V4) and it
kept the engine area reasonably clean
Baked in the Audi A2
Click on "Module" to see it. [JKew, Oct 05 2004]
Baking in new Volvo concept car
Mar 04 2004: Scroll down to the section titled "Trust". This car doesn't let you open the engine hood at all! [krelnik, Oct 05 2004]
||Baked? Dang - well glad someone has
[humanbean] the Saab does have drain
holes...and volatilies tend not to be
liquid for long cos they are...volatile.
||// I always wondered why engine compartments were always open to the floor. //
Most car questions starting with 'I always wondered why' can be answered by 'money.' But I agree, it would be a nice feature to have, although the thermodynamics of closing it off would start to worry me.
Engine bays are designed from the most positionally-sensitive and biggest components, and from then on, everyone else who has lesser spacial priority gets to work around stuff. Hundreds of suppliers at separate CAD stations start clammering to take the same space, and usually the guy who has the shorter tooling ramp up time and lower component costs loses and has to move. The parts with the lowest spacial priority, like wires, hoses, the horn, and such, all get treated like the business end of a whip, changing design direction every time someone twitches. Makes for a fast burnout for the people in that line of work.
||from what i remember of the arodynamics course at uni the engine bay design is to do with cooling air flows