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.


Starter Solenoid

The solenoid/switch used in the string system. It is typically built into the starter motor.

See Also:
Spark Knock
Engine Computer
MAP Sensor
Mass Airflow Sensor
Spark Plug
Ignition System
Electronic Sensor

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