Automotive Glossary


Automotive words, phrases and abbreviations.

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Active

A system that takes action all the time as opposed to a passive system that waits for a specific event before reacting.

ACTS

Air Charge Temperature Sensor

Actuators

Electronic components that receive signals from an electronic control unit (ECU) and operate to make a system work.

Adapter

General term used to describe a device that allows one component to fit with another.

Adaptive Memory

A computer memory process that allows for changes in an open-loop mode.

Additive

A chemical added to improve the properties or performance of something.

Additives

Chemical substances added to paint products in relatively small amounts to impart or improve desirable properties. Examples include UV screeners, flow agents, and fish eye eliminators.

Adhesion

The phenomenon by which one material is attached to another by means of surface attraction.

Adjuster

General term used to describe a component that changes the adjustment of something (brake shoes or brake bands for example).

Advice

Guidance offered by someone.


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