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.



A sign of a problem, and characterized by a "knocking" (and embarassing) sound, "diesling is a situation in which an engine continues to run for a few seconds after it is shut off.

See Also:
Timing Light
Firing Order
Piston Slap
Head Gasket
Passing Gear

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