5 Car Service & Part Terms Your Car Mechanic Wants You To Know
For responsible car owners, trips to the mechanic can be fairly common. Oftentimes, individuals who aren’t familiar with car service and part terms may not know what some of them mean.
It’s beneficial to learn some of these basic terms, and become better informed about your vehicle’s standard maintenance needs. Keeping your car in good health is important and taking your car to the mechanic doesn’t need to be a complex and scary process. At Pro-Tech Auto Repair, we are more than happy to explain anything to you, but we’re also very willing to help you expand your knowledge.
Brake fluid is arguably the most important fluid in your vehicle. It’s hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture. The brake system relies on the incompressible nature of liquids to transmit force and stop your car every time you hit the brakes.
After prolonged use, brake fluid absorbs moisture, lowering its boiling point. When it then gets hot, it begins boiling and changes into a gas state. Gas is not as good for the system, and that’s why it needs to be changed regularly.
A distributor is a component found in the ignition system of a car’s internal combustion engine. It regulates and routes voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plugs in the correct firing order. The system burns fuel in the combustion chambers of your engine, which provides the energy needed to run your car.
A radiator’s purpose is to cool a vehicle’s engine by circulating a water-based coolant through the engine block. The engine becomes exceptionally hot when in operation, and the radiator helps to cool it down and keep things running smoothly. When your radiator or the antifreeze running through it is not at peak performance, it can cause your engine to overheat. This can possibly cause irreversible damage to your engine.
4. Oil Filter
The oil filter is specifically designed to remove contaminants from the various oils found in a vehicle. Their main purpose is to clean the engine oil that runs through your car’s system. Your mechanic will replace the filter when they perform an oil change.
A tune-up is similar to a doctor’s physical for your car. It involves checking the various systems of your vehicle including filters, spark plugs and wires. It may also involves other basic routine maintenance items. Regular tune-ups are necessary to keep your car running properly, to prevent damage to the various systems, and prolong the life of your vehicle.