5 Basic Automotive Terms Grand Prairie Drivers Should Know

Automotive terms every driver should know and understand

Fully comprehending automotive terminology is essential to receiving the right car service.

When the technician at your Grand Prairie auto repair shop is making service and maintenance recommendations, basic knowledge of automotive terms will help you make the right decisions and could save you the cost of unnecessary repairs.

To keep our customers safe, no matter where their car is taken for service, the staff at Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks has found 5 key terms every driver should know.

1. Dipstick

The ASE-certified technician will pull out your dipstick to visually inspect the level and quality of the engine oil, as well as determine whether you need an oil change.

2. Spark Plug

When your key turns in the ignition, the spark plugs ignite the fuel-air mixture to power the engine. However, a burned out spark plug will not properly ignite. This causes overheating of the ignition coils and could lead to premature failure.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

Battery terminal corrosion is caused by acid leaking from inside the battery case. This can cause too much resistance within the battery, keeping the electrical current from reaching the starter and powering the engine. Your engine could refuse to turn on, even when the headlights and other electrical accessories seem to work fine.

4. Brake Pad

Gradually, your brake pads wear out. When our ASE-certified professionals inspect your brake system, they’ll check the brake pads’ thickness to ensure there is enough friction material remaining to safely stop your car. They will also inspect the condition of the discs or drums, as well as the hydraulic portion of the braking system, for leaks. They inspect the condition of the fluid to assure there are no contaminants.

5. Timing Belt

The underside of the timing belt is covered with ridges or teeth and turns the camshaft in “time” (or synchronization) with the other moving parts of the engine. The camshaft opens and closes the engine valves to let fuel-air in and exhaust out. It is a fundamental part of nearly all internal combustion engines.