Become an expert on all things motoring! This dictionary of terms and phrases will help you understand exactly what things are, what gets done and why.
Air Conditioning Compressor
The compressor is the heart of the air conditioning system that maximises your comfort by regulating the temperature. It converts refrigerant into gas and transports it to other areas of the air conditioning system. Leaking refrigerant will cause problems in the system and could cause damage to your air conditioning compressor.
There are a number of valves that help maintain the operation and efficiency of your car’s engine. Fuel-air mix is allowed into the combustion chamber by the intake valve, and the burnt fuel-air mix is released into the exhaust system by the exhaust valve release. Replacing these valves can be quite a difficult process, because the cylinder head must be detached and taken apart.
The battery allows you to use the electrical parts in your car, such as the starter motor, radio or lights. The battery powers them when the car is not running, but the alternator takes over when the engine is on while the battery recharges. Batteries may fail because of broken terminals, low electrolyte levels, or corrosion. All batteries need replacing when they eventually lose their charge.