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Vehicle Vocabulary: Learning The ABCs of Autos

From alternators to throttles, and gaskets to wheel bearings, sometimes it can feel like you have to be a mechanic to understand your car. But you may be surprised. “Automotive maintenance may sound intimidating, but odds are that you know more about your car than you think,” says Charles Sanville, auto technician, founder of HumbleMechanic.com and contributor… Allstate https://i2.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Hands-Fixing-Engine-cropped_iStock.png?fit=1233%2C619&ssl=1
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From alternators to throttles, and gaskets to wheel bearings, sometimes it can feel like you have to be a mechanic to understand your car. But you may be surprised.

“Automotive maintenance may sound intimidating, but odds are that you know more about your car than you think,” says Charles Sanville, auto technician, founder of HumbleMechanic.com and contributor to The Allstate Blog. “The terms can scare people sometimes, but if you don’t panic, you’ll see that some things are self-explanatory. That can help build some confidence.”

Whether you want to impress your friends or are just aiming to better understand the vehicle that transports you through your daily life, this infographic can help get you started with some important auto terms — from A to Z.

Note: This article is merely a “glossary of terms” and unless you are an expert in cars or car maintenance, you should consult a mechanic when you have issues with your vehicle.