Confused By Your Auto Mechanic’s Jargon? Here Are 5 Automotive Terms You Need To Know

Automotive terms every driver should know and understand

When you drive into a Sandy Springs auto repair shop, have you ever been confused by the mechanics’ explanations of service? Heavy jargon and industry terminology can make conversation difficult.

When you’re not completely clear on the technicians’ recommendations, you could pay the cost of needless parts or repair services. We want to protect you (and your wallet), no matter where you receive car service.

That’s why the qualified staff at Christian Brothers Automotive Sandy Springs has made a list of 5 crucial car terms every driver should know.

1. Dipstick

The specialist pulls out your engine’s dipstick to visually inspect the fluid’s level and quality. Based on this information, the technician determines whether you need an oil change.

2. Spark Plug

The spark plug is a vital part of the ignition system. When your key turns, the spark plugs create a tiny explosion to power the engine. When the spark plugs burn out, they cannot properly ignite.

3. [Battery] Corrosion

Battery corrosion is often caused by acid leaking from inside the battery’s terminal. The corrosion builds up, creating resistance and preventing the electrical current from powering the engine.

4. Brake Pad

Our ASE-certified technicians check your brake pads with every brake system inspection. Your brake pads wear out over time, and our professionals ensure they’re the proper thickness to safely stop the car.

5. Timing Belt

The timing belt is made of reinforced rubber and covered in tiny bumps on one side. This belt turns the camshaft in time with the engine’s other moving parts so the camshaft can open and close the engine valves.