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As everyone knows, vehicles are made up of a fantastic number of parts, each with its own specific job. Compiled here is a list of the various parts which make up an automobile, and also the various technologies, fuels, and systems which can be found on modern vehicles. There are also explanations for the abbreviations and acronyms which are commonly used in the automotive and wider transport profession.
A
A-pillar
ABS
Actuator
Advance (Ignition)
Aerodynamics
Air Filter
Air Suspension
Airbag
Air/Fuel Mixture
Alignment
Alternator
Anode
Antifreeze
Automatic Transmission
Auxiliary Drive Belt
AWD - All Wheel Drive



B
B-pillar
Battery
Beltline
Biodiesel
Boost Gauge
Brake Caliper
Brake Disc (Rotor)
Brake Pads
Brake Shoe



C
C-Pillar
Cabriolet
Camber
Camshaft
Cant Rail
Capacitor
Carbon Monoxide
Carburetor
Caster
Catalytic Converter
Cathode
Chassis
Choke
Chrome
Clutch
Coil Springs
Coilover Kit
Combustion Chamber
Composite
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
Connecting Rod
Control Arm
Convertible
Coupe
Crankcase
Crankshaft
Cruise Control
Crumple Zone
CV Joint
CVT (Continuosly Variable Transmission)
Cylinder (engine)
Cylinder Block (engine)
Cylinder Head (engine)

D
Daimler, Gottlieb Wilhelm (1834 - 1900)
Dashboard
Diesel Engine
Diesel Fuel
Differential
Diffuser
Direct Injection
Disk Brake
Distributor
Double-Overhead Cam (DOHC)
Double Wishbone Suspension
Downforce
Drag
Drag Coefficient
Drivebelt
Drive Shaft
Drop-head Coupe
Drum Brake
Dual Head Screw
Dunlop, John Boyd (1840 - 1921)
Duryea, Charles Edgar (1861-1938)



E
E85 (fuel)
EGR Valve
Electrode
Electrolyte
Electronic Control Unit (ECU)
Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Electronic Ignition
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Emissions
Emissions Standards
Engine Control Unit (ECU)
Ethanol
Exhaust Manifold



F
Final Drive
Firewall
Fluid Coupling
Flywheel
Forced Induction
Friction
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Injection



G
Gas Turbine
Gasket
Gasoline
Gearbox
Generations (vehicle model)
Greenhouse
Gullwing doors



H
Hatchback
Head Unit
Hexagonal Head Screw
Homologation (race)
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
Hydrogen


I
Ignition Coil
Ignition System
Ignition Timing
Induction Coil
In-Line Engine
Instrument Panel
Intercooler
Internal Combustion Engine



J



K
Kerb Weight



L
Leaf Spring
Lift
Limited Slip Differential


M
MacPherson Strut
Master Cylinder (Brake)
Model Bloat


N
Naturally aspirated
Nitrogen Oxides
NOx


O
Octane Number
Overhead Cam Engine
Overhead Valve Engine
Oversteer
Oxygen Sensor


P
Phaeton
Phillips Head Screw
Piston
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Points (Ignition)
Pozidrive Screw
Push-rod


Q



R
Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Radiator
Regenerative Braking
Rocker Arm
RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)


S
Scissor Doors
Security Screw
Sedan
Sensor
Sequential transmission
Serpentine Belt
Shock Absorber
Slot Head Screw
Spaceframe
Spark Plug
Spark-Ignition Engine
Spoiler
Square Head Screw
Streamlining
Suicide doors
Suspension


T
Tachometer
Tappet
Thermostat
Tire
Toe
Torque Converter
Torque steer
Track
Traction
Traction Control
Transmission
Tune Up
Turbo Lag


U
Understeer
Unibody Construction
Universal Joint


V
V Engine
Valve
Valve Clearance
Valve Lash
VVT (Variable Valve Timing)


W
Water Pump
Wheel Cylinder
Wheelbase


X


Y


Z





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