Automotive Glossary


Automotive words, phrases and abbreviations.

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Serpentine Belt

A single flexible drive belt that provides a drive from the engine crankshaft to all ancillary components. Replaces a series of individual belts.

Servo

A servo mechanism (informal)

Servo Cylinder

Ram cylinder that supplements physical forces in operating a control (as for example steering, a brake or clutch), either by direct mechanical amplification or by external power assistance.

Servomechanism

System or device that supplements physical forces in operating a control (as for example a brake or clutch), either by direct mechanical amplification or by external power assistance.

Servomotor

A motor that supplements physical forces in operating a control.

SES

Service Engine Soon (light)

Settling

Gravity separation of one or more components from a paint and the resulting layer of material on the bottom of a container.

SFI

Sequential Fuel Injection

Shackle

Part of a leaf spring suspension system that allows movement (swinging shackle) or is fixed to the chassis (fixed shackle).

Shackle (Slipper)

Allows for changes in length between the ends of a leaf spring as suspension moves.


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