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 sound that occurs when the air/fuel mixture is igniting too soon usually caused by a poorly timed engine or the use of a low octane gas. Pinging is a symptom of a dangerous condition in the combustion chambers, and should not be ignored on any engine you car about.

See Also:
Fuel Pump
Exhaust Gases
Carbon Canister
Air Filter
Carburetor Barrel

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