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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Brake Fluid

A special fluid used in a hydraulic brake system. Always use fluids that meets or exceeds OEM recommendations (recommendations that you can find in your owner's manual). Brake fluids are rated in DOT levels, the higher the DOT rating, the more resistant the fluid generally is to boiling (which is at least as bad as it sounds).



See Also:
Brake Drums
Splash Shield
Drum Brakes
Springs
Disc Brakes
Power Brakes
Brake Backing Plate
Brake Shoes

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