Automotive Dictionary

We know mechanics can speak their own language. That’s why we’ve tried to de-mystify some of the more unusual terminology to ensure you’re in control of your vehicle.


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Man door:
In a garage there is a large door through which a vehicle can enter, the smaller door is the door through which a person enters (the ‘man’ door).

Microcar (or ‘bubble’ car):
Very, very small vehicles. Most have engines borrowed from scooters or use electric power and can only seat 1-2 passengers.

Misfire (or missing):
Hesitation that occurs when fuel in one or more of an engines cylinders fails to ignite properly.

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