Glossary of Auto Terms

DriverSide's Car Dictionary has the most comprehensive definitions of automotive terms. This auto glossary can help you decipher what your mechanic is fixing and what the purpose or function of the particular auto part or accessory is for. We have taken the mystery out of automotive service jargon, so that you don't have to.

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Accelerator

The gas pedal. Pilots and gearheads sometimes call this the "throttle." Call it what you will, pressing down on it should encourage the vehicle to accelerate. Simple enough.



See Also:
Gasket
Flash Point
Tachometer
RPM
Kickdown Switch
Crankshaft Pulley
Quenching
Blow-by

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