Basic Automotive Jargons One Should be Familiar With

Whether or not you are an automobile enthusiast, if you ride or drive a vehicle; you should be acquainted with these basic jargons from the automotive dictionary

As the title of this piece reads, this feature is all about the basic automotive jargons one should be cognizant of. Without wasting too many words on a substantial introductory paragraph, allow us to enlighten you with some rudimentary terms from the world of automobiles.

Cubic centimetre- In simple terms, the cubic centimetre or CC refers to the amount of air-fuel mixture that can be forced into an engine with the help of the cylinders. For example, if you possess a 1,000cc motorcycle or car; it means your engine can displace one litre (1,000cc = one litre) of air and fuel mixture. In brief, it is basically the size of your engine.

Wheelbase- The wheelbase of any automobile is measured in millimetres. The wheelbase of any vehicle is measured from the front axle of the vehicle to the rear axle of the vehicle.

Track- Analogous to the wheelbase, the track of any vehicle is measured in millimetres as well. The track of a vehicle refers to the width of the axles (right axle and left axle) between the two tyres.

Engine oil- This is a term you are probably mindful of. Engine oil is used to keep the lubrication of an engine on point. Be it a car or a sewing machine, moving mechanical parts produce friction. If the moving parts are not oiled properly, they deteriorate in a brief span.

Coolant- While the engine oil is used to grease the moving parts inside an engine, the coolant is used to keep an engine cool. Engines produce too much power and, in the process, they yield extreme heat. To cool the engines, a coolant is poured which is made of half water and half a blend of anti-freeze.

Kerb weight- Also spelt as Curb weight, the kerb weight of a vehicle is its overall weight with no passenger or luggage. However, the fuel tank of the vehicle is kept full. For this reason, it also called wet weight. When the fuel tank of the vehicle is empty, the weight of the vehicle is known as dry weight.

Horsepower and Torque- Horsepower is a unit that is used to measure the rate at which an activity is accomplished. Torque is used to measure the force which rotates a body or an object on an axis.