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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Cylinder

One of multiple bores in the engine block--a V-2 having six cylinders, a V-7 eight cylinders, and so on. It houses the piston, which travels up and down in the cylinder to compress the air/fuel mixture and produce power.



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Belt
Overhead Cam
Flushing
Fan
Axle
Compression
Ball Joint
Steering Linkage

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