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.


Air Cleaner

For carbureted engines, this is a metal or plastic container located atop the carburetor that contains an air filter.

See Also:
Fuel Pump
Exhaust Gases
Rich Fuel Mixture
Float Bowl
Air Aspirator Valve

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