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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Backfire

Sounds like a gunshot, and sure to get the attention of every jumpy soul within 200 yards, this is caused by when some unburned fuel makes its way outside of the combustion chamber and is ignited. Boom.



See Also:
Connecting Rod
Kickdown Switch
Lug Nuts
Flash Point
Grease Seal
Crankcase
Accelerator
Downshifting

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