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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Timing Chain

Some manufacturers use timing chains instead of timing belts--many Nissan models, for example. A timing chain is basically a metal chain that drives the camshaft by linking it to the crankshaft. It assures that the valves will open and close at the proper time for efficient ignition.



See Also:
Oil Filter
Thrust Angle
Block
Bands
Piston
Flushing
Gearbox
Alignment

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