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.



A band, usually made of rubber, that connects two pulleys thereby transferring power from one to the other. You'll only notice these when they squeal (indicating a need to be tightened or replaced), or when they break and stuff stops working.

See Also:
Exhaust Valve
Manual Transmission
Oil Pan
Tie Rod Ends
Timing Light
Gear Grease

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