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Common Car Terms


Common Car Terms in Memphis, Tennessee



Knowing some basic auto terms can save you from a good amount of misunderstanding when talking about cars. Service technicians are usually more than happy to to inform you of a certain term or phrase’s meaning, but oftentimes you’re in too much of a hurry to spare the time. That’s why it’s a good idea to know the meaning of some of the more common automotive terms and how they affect your vehicle.
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  • Cylinders – The cylinder is where the air and fuel mix together and are then compressed into a small explosion that makes the vehicle move. Larger engines have more cylinders and are shown via the type of engine. A V8 engine, for example, has eight cylinders while a V6 has six cylinders. The more cylinders a vehicle has, the greater power it produces and more fuel it consumes.
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  • Turbocharged – Turbocharging is the process of forcing air under the engine. It has the ability to dramatically increase power but doesn’t respond quite as fast as a supercharged engine. Both processes allow a small, efficient engine to match the power provided by larger engines.
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  • Displacement – An engine’s displacement is indicative of its size. The size of an engine determines how much air the engine can move during one cycle. It’s generally expressed as liters; the larger the displacement, the more cylinders it is likely to have. A 6.2-liter V8 engine, for example, will consume more fuel but produce greater power thanks to its displacement.
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  • Drivetrain – The components that work to move the vehicle forward or backward are known as the drivetrain. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles each have different components that work together to do so.
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  • Front-Wheel Drive – The front wheels receive power from the engine in a car with front-wheel drive. The rear wheels follow the front wheels. Front-wheel drive models are usually more efficient than rear-wheel drive models. The rear wheels receive power from the engine in rear-wheel drive models.​ 

These are just a few common terms you may hear when you’re at our dealership! If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our friendly team members. We want to make sure that you’re well-informed when purchasing a new car or when bringing your car in for service or repairs. Visit us today at 2680 Mt. Moriah, Memphis, TN 38115!

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