5 Automotive Terms Every Driver in Amarillo Needs to Understand

Automotive terms every driver should know and understand

Have you ever questioned your mechanic’s explanation of a service, but felt too embarrassed to ask for more detail? Miscommunication can cost you time and money spent on needless parts and repairs.

However, a basic comprehension of automotive jargon can greatly increase your chance of receiving the right service the first time. No matter which West Texas auto repair shop works on your car, we want you protected.

That’s why the experienced professionals at Christian Brothers Automotive Amarillo found the 5 basic automotive terms every driver should know.

1. Dipstick

Our ASE-certified technicians visually inspect your engine’s dipstick to determine the level and quality of the motor oil. This inspection determines whether you need an oil change.

2. Spark Plug

A working spark plug ignites the fuel-air mixture, powering the engine. When your spark plugs burn out, they no longer ignite properly. This can cause the ignition coils to overheat and may lead to premature ignition failure.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

When acid leaks from inside the battery case, corrosion forms on the battery terminal. This creates resistance within the battery and keeps the current from reaching the starter and powering the engine. If left unchecked, you could be stuck with a dead engine.

4. Brake Pad

Over time, your brake pads wear down. When our ASE-certified specialists inspect your brake system, they ensure the brake pads are the proper thickness to create friction and safely stop your car.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is made of reinforced rubber and the underside is covered in ridges (or “teeth”). This belt turns the camshaft in “time” (or synchronization) with other moving engine parts. The camshaft then opens and closes engine valves to let in the fuel-air mix and let out exhaust fumes.