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.


Carbon Tracks

Fine and often jagged lines of burned carbon that may be found inside a distributor cap, if someone asks you about "carbon tracks" just give them a confident smile and say "yes." (Joking--don't do that.)

See Also:
Distributor Cap
Electronic Ignition
Engine Computer
Air Flow Sensor

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