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.



This is what is sounds like--springs a little longer than a loaf of bread that sit at all four corners of most vehicles to absorb and absorb road irregularities and dissipate their energy by (slightly) bouncing.

See Also:
Hydraulic Brakes
Brake Fluid
Anti-lock Brakes
Power Booster
Drum Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Brake Drums
Disc Brakes

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