5 Crucial Car Terms Tampa Drivers Should Understand

5 Crucial Car Terms Tampa Drivers Should Understand

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

At Christian Brothers Automotive New Tampa, we’re taking a stand against misinformation. We want to protect every driver, regardless of which Tampa auto repair shop services their car. That’s why our experienced staff members have found the 5 most important automotive terms for Florida drivers to recognize and understand.

With this basic information, you can drive into any auto repair shop with certainty, knowing you’ll receive the best car service the first time.


1. Dipstick

Our ASE-certified technicians pull out the engine’s dipstick to confirm the level and quality of the motor oil. The specialists then decide whether or not to schedule an oil change.

2. Spark Plug

The engine’s spark plugs ignite the fuel-air mixture. The mixture ignites, powering the engine. Unfortunately, a burnt out spark plug will not properly ignite, leading to ignition coil overheating and possible ignition failure.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

When acid leaks inside the battery case, corrosion can form. Corrosion is dangerous because it creates resistance around the battery and keeps the electricity from reaching the starter. Too much corrosion can leave you stuck with a dead engine.

4. Brake Pad

Your brake pads wear down every time you press the brake pedal. The brake pads grind against the rotors and eventually wear too thin to safely stop the vehicle. When our professionals inspect your brake system, they’ll ensure your brake pads are the proper thickness.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is a thick rubber band with ridges on one side. The timing belt is responsible for turning the camshaft, which opens and closes the engine valves. This process lets the fuel-air mixture into the necessary engine compartments and releases exhaust fumes.

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