5 Basic Automotive Terms Everyone Should Know And Understand

When the technician at your auto repair shop is making repair and maintenance suggestions, knowledge of the fundamentals will help you make the right choice and could even save you money on unnecessary repairs.

To keep our customers safe no matter where their car is taken, here are the 5 most important car terms drivers should know.

1. Dipstick

To determine whether you need an oil (or to replace another fluid), the ASE-certified technician pulls out your dipstick to visually check the level and quality of the liquid.

2. Spark Plug

When you turn your key in the ignition, the spark plug ignites the fuel-air mixture, powering the engine. However, a spark plug that has burnt out will not properly ignite and a spark plug covered in water could flood the engine.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

Your battery can quickly corrode if water sits on the outside casing, acid is leaking or other rust builds up under the hood. A corroded battery will not function properly and could lead to a dead engine.

4. Brake Pad

Over time, your brake pads wear out. When our ASE-certified professionals inspect your brake system, they’ll check the brake pads’ thickness and ensure they’re the proper width to effectively (and safely) stop your vehicle.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is covered in bumps, operates the camshaft, is usually made of reinforced rubber, and is responsible for opening and closing valves at the proper time. The camshaft is an integral moving component to any combustion engine.