Glossary of Auto Terms

DriverSide's Car Dictionary has the most comprehensive definitions of automotive terms. This auto glossary can help you decipher what your mechanic is fixing and what the purpose or function of the particular auto part or accessory is for. We have taken the mystery out of automotive service jargon, so that you don't have to.



On manual transmissions, the clutch is a mechanical device--operated by the clutch pedal--that engages and disengages the engine from the transmission so that you can change gearsm idle without moving, etc. It generally consists of a clutch disc, a pressure plate, and a flywheel.

See Also:
Oil Pan
Schrader valve
Steering Knuckle
Pitman Arm

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