Glossary of Auto Terms

DriverSide's Car Dictionary has the most comprehensive definitions of automotive terms. This auto glossary can help you decipher what your mechanic is fixing and what the purpose or function of the particular auto part or accessory is for. We have taken the mystery out of automotive service jargon, so that you don't have to.



Little rubber or polyurethane linings that cushion noise, friction, and movement. Typically found in suspension systems, stiffer bushings can often be installed for increased steering feel and performance applications. Worn bushings will often produce "sloppy" handling and excessive clunking and play in steering system.

See Also:
Shock Absorbers
Suspension System
Control Arms
CV Joints
Leaf Springs

Diagnose Your Car's Problem

Engine won't start? Weird sound? Strange smoke? Got something going on with your car but not sure what it is? The easy to use DriverSide Diagnostic Tool is here to help you figure it out.

Enter Zip: