5 Useful Auto Repair Terms For Drivers in Highlands Ranch

Colorado might be one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. But, just like anywhere else, it can be difficult to talk plainly with a mechanic.

Certain disreputable mechanics try to use the complexities of technical names and shop-talk to confuse their customers. However, at Christian Brothers Automotive Highlands Ranch, we want to educate drivers and make sure our customers are in-the-know when it comes to their vehicle and our service.

This list of 5 basic car terms will prepare you for your next visit to any Highlands Ranch auto repair shop.

1. Dipstick

This is a useful tool that allows us to easily measure your oil levels. Without the dipstick, it would be more time consuming to perform this task. The dipstick looks like a thin, metal stick and can tell an ASE-certified technician the level and quality of your fluids.

2. Spark Plug

The spark plug is a small component screwed into each engine cylinder head. The spark plug starts the engine by producing the electrical pulse needed to ignite it.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

Corrosion builds up on the battery because of the sulfuric acid used in the battery’s terminal. When the corrosion builds up to a certain point, it will block electricity from leaving the battery, rendering your vehicle powerless.

4. Brake Pad

Good brake pads are essential to stopping your car safely. The pads are pressed against the wheels to create friction so worn brake pads won’t stop your car as efficiently. That’s why our professionals check the thickness of your brake pads with every brake system inspection.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is a rubber belt that links the camshaft to the crankshaft. This allows the systems to work at the same time. Without the timing belt, the pistons would smash into closed valves, devastating the engine.