10 Car Parts You Should Be Familiar With
If you have driven and owned a car for long enough, you are probably familiar with a few parts that are essential for its operation. Tiny’s Auto is here to give you a rundown of 10 parts we think every driver should be familiar with, many of which you can inspect and replace on your own.
Do You Know These Car Parts?
Some of these will be obvious, some less so, but you should know all of them:
- Battery: A rectangle with two posts and sending power to your engine, the battery is essential to keep your electronics running and starting your car.
- Brakes: Being able to stop a car is arguably more important than being able to start it, and your brakes consist of multiple parts.
- Brake Pads: Your brake pads clasp the rotor and absorb your car’s kinetic energy to slow it down.
- Brake Calipers: Each caliper holds a brake pad on either side of the rotor, and the caliper closes to apply the brake pads when you put your foot to the brake pedal.
- Rotors: Your brake rotors are the discs in “disc brakes” that connect directly to the wheels. If they are scored or unevenly worn, they should be replaced immediately.
- Spark Plugs: Your spark plugs ignite the fuel in your engine to trigger the combustion reaction that moves your pistons and propels your car forward.
- Spare Tire: Not technically a necessary part, but you don’t want to be caught with a nail or a screw in your tire without it. Full-size spares are ideal, but many cars have a “donut” spare that can do in a pinch.
- Car Jack: Just like the spare tire, it’s not technically necessary, but you want to make sure to keep it next to your spare tire, just in case. Also, be sure not to use your spare tire jack for repair work; it’s not designed for long-term use.
- Shock Absorbers: These look like giant springs, and they behave like them too. Uneven roads are bumpy and uncomfortable to to drive on, and your shock absorbers smooth that all out.
- Air Filter: Not only does it keep fresh air coming into your cabin, it ensures that your engine gets fresh oxygen.
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