What are all the common terms when it come to cars? What are there meanings adn abbreviations?

Asked by Jan 02, 2008 at 08:17 PM

Question type: General

Example, horespower, rpm, etc etc

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rpm, is revelutions per minute,egr,is egr ualve.,mpg miles per gallon,and so on not complated at all.


hp -- horsepower -- a measure of engine power output based on how much is being moved over a certain distance and time. rpm -- revolutions per minute -- how fast the crankshaft is spinning. pcm -- powertrain control module -- computer that controls engine and emission functions. tcm -- transmission control module -- comp. that controls transmission function OBD-II -- Onboard Diagnostics, version II -- the federally-mandated protocol for engine control computers, effective 1996+ mpg -- miles per gallon -- as described above There are so many terms it is hard to really give your question an answer without writing a book. Are there any in particular you have heard and are curious about? This would be an easier way to answer your question.


just to name a few DOHC-dual overhead cam SOHC-single overhead cam VTEC-Variable valve timing electronic control AWD-All whell drive SHAWD-super handling all wheel drive LSD-limited slip differential 4WD-four wheel drive 2WD-two wheel drive PCM-Powertrain control module ECM-Engine control module DTC-diagnostic trouble codes OBDI-on board diagnostics, 95 and under OBDII-onboard diagnostics, 96 and up SRS-supplement restraint system ABS-antilock brake system SES-service engine soon EGR-exhaust gas recirculation SI-sequential injection PGMFI-programmed fuel injection ECT-engine coolant temperature AC-air conditioning ABS-anti lock braking system TCS-traction control system VSA-Vehicle stability assist MTO-ministry of transportation FORD-First on race day SATURN-Sound absolutely terrible, uncontrolable ratling noises PONTIAC-Poor old nut thinks its a cadillac CHEVROLET-Cheap Hardly Efficient Virtually Runs On Luck Every Time DODGE-Dead On Day Guarantee Expires GMC-Gods Mechanical Curse VOLKSWAGEN-Very Old Lowered Kustom Sedan With A Great Engine Noise HONDA-Hang On, Not Done Accelerating ACURA-A Car U Really Admire TOYOTA-Too Often Yankees Overprice This Auto BUICK-Big Ugly Import Car Killer KIA-Kills In Accidents BMW-Big Money Wasted Anyways hoped this helped.

CLOC- Centre Lane Owners Club, A UK Police term for the idiots who hog the middle lane causing a mobile road block- Out side of America it tends to be the law that you have to drive on the nearside lane unless overtaking

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