3 Essential Automotive Terms Every Driver in Helotes Needs to Understand

The phrase, “knowledge is power,” may seem cliché, but there’s a lot of truth to it. When you’re in the know, you feel empowered.

When it comes to auto repair especially, a basic understanding of the services suggested by your auto mechanic can mean the difference between receiving the right repair and paying for needless work.

At Christian Brothers Automotive Helotes, we want our loyal customers protected, regardless of where their car is taken for service.

That’s why we’re providing the information necessary to understand basic automotive terminology. Here are 5 car terms every driver should know and understand.

1. Dipstick

An ASE-certified technician pulls out your engine’s dipstick to visually inspect the level and quality of the motor oil. The professional will then determine whether your car is in need of an oil change.

2. Spark Plug

Your spark plugs ignite the engine’s fuel-air mixture. This ignition provides power to the engine. However, a burnt out spark plug will not ignite properly. This can overheat the ignition coils and may cause premature ignition failure.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

Battery corrosion is caused by acid leaking inside the battery case. This corrosion creates resistance around the battery, keeping the electrical current from reaching the starter. If unresolved, you could be left stranded with a dead engine.

4. Brake Pad

As you press the brake pedal, you’re wearing the brake pads against the rotors. Over time, the brake pads wear thinner and thinner. When our specialists inspect your brake system, they make sure the brake pads have enough friction material to safely stop the car.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is responsible for turning the camshaft. The timing belt is made of reinforced rubber and covered in ridges on the underside. As it turns the camshaft, the camshaft opens and closes engine valves to let the fuel-air mixture in and let exhaust gasses out.