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.



Alignment refers to the angle your tire contact the pavement, and is usually measured in degrees positive or negative. Alignment is suprisingly important, affecting the way your tires wear, the tendency on your car to travel straight (versus pulling to one side or another), and overall steering "feel."

See Also:
Clutch Pedal
Piston Slap
Gear Ratio
Cooling System
Pressure Plate

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