Automotive Glossary


Automotive words, phrases and abbreviations.

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Shade

Variation of a colour. A colour that is basically blue can have a red shade or yellow shade as well as being blue. Shade is also called tone or undertone, since it describes the subtle tone of a colour.

Shampoo

A cleansing agent consisting of soaps or detergents used for washing the hair – or a car!

Sheen

The gloss or flatness of a film when viewed at a low angle.

Sheer Force

A force that tends to sheer or cut something much like the action of scissors.

Sheet Moulded Compound

Fibreglass or thermoplastic plastic material moulded to shape and used as an outer panel on a vehicle.

Shell Bearings

Plain bearing formed from two interlocking and abutting thin walled semi-circular cups.

Shift Fork

A fork that acts on, and moves a gear selector.

Shift Ring

Part of a gear selector mechanism.

Shift Rod

A simple rod that connects the gear change lever to the gearbox.

Shift Shaft

A shaft that is used as part of a gearshift / gear changing mechanism.


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