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.



Vibrating brakes:
When the brake pedal pulsates, often accompanied by a shuddering or jerky stop during normal braking. This usually means a warped rotor, but can be caused by an out-of-round drum, loose wheel bearings, a bent axle shaft or loose brake parts.

V-type engine (v-6, v-8, v-12):
A cylinder engine where the cylinders are divided into two banks, each of which is angled away from the other at the top, forming a ā€˜Vā€™.

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