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.



An engine is said to "idle" when it's not doing "work," but rather is merely running with no throttle input at all.

See Also:
Flash Point
Grease Fitting
Crankshaft Pulley
Connecting Rod
Grease Seal
Brake Wear Sensor
Sending Unit

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