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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Overhaul

The process of rebuilding or replacing all of the major components of an old, tired engine. Can be much cheaper than a new car, but it should be done by a mechanic who is truly qualified, lest your vehicle turns into a money pit.



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Additives
Octane
Service Manual
Maintenance Tune-up
Ohm
Leasing
Amp
Jumper Cables

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