Category: Glossary of Car Terms
What is Coil?
A part of the ignition system. The coil takes the electrical voltage supplied by the battery and amplifies it many times until it is powerful enough to fire a spark plug.
What is Combustion Chamber?
The area in the cylinder head where air/fuel is ignited to create power.
What is Clutch-Operated Fan?
An engine cooling fan that uses a heat-activated, viscous-fluid clutch which turns the fan on and off as needed.
What is Charging System?
The system which maintains the electrical charge in your vehicle’s battery. The charging system consists of the alternator, voltage regulator and battery.
What is Compression Gauge?
A special gauge used by technicians to measure how much pressure a cylinder can create.
What is Clutch Hydraulic?
A hydraulic clutch uses a hydraulic circuit between the clutch pedal and clutch fork to control clutch engagement.
What is Combustion?
The process by which the air/fuel mixture burns within an engine to create power.
What is Clutch Disc?
The friction material lined plate that delivers power from the engine to the transmission.
What is Cruising?
Cruising is a driving style whereby the driver maintains a set speed with very little fluctuation.
What is Clutch Cable Operated?
A cable-operated clutch uses a metal cable between the clutch pedal and clutch fork to control clutch engagement.
What is Carburetor Jet?
A fitting inside a carburetor that meters fuel into a metering circuit where it is mixed with air in the venturi.
What is Clutch Cable?
A cable that goes between the clutch pedal and clutch fork to control clutch engagement.
What is CV Joints?
CV (constant velocity) joints are part of a car’s driveline. They allow a wheel to rotate freely in any direction while still receiving power from the axle.
What is Cylinder?
Cylinders are the large round holes in the engine block that contain the pistons. The pistons travel up and down in the cylinders to create the engine’s power.
What is Cylinder Head?
The cylinder head is the top part of the engine. It often contains the valves, and for cars with overhead cams, it contains the camshafts as well. The cylinder head also forms the top part of the combustion chamber.
What is Choke?
A device in a carburetor which shuts off airflow so that the engine runs rich. This is necessary to start a cold engine.
What is Clutch?
A clutch is found on cars with manual transmissions. The clutch lets the driver deliver the torque of a spinning crank and smoothly engage it to the gearbox to make the car move. Without a clutch, it would be nearly impossible to get a car with a manual transmission to move forward or backward.
What is Carburetor?
Carburetors are what all cars had prior to fuel injection. A carburetor takes air and fuel and mixes them in the right proportion to allow a car to run smoothly and powerfully. Some cars have multiple carburetors to allow for more power.
What is Clutch Throw-Out Bearing?
A bearing that lets the clutch smoothly engage and disengage with minimum wear.