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.
The idle speed is how fast the engine runs when the car is not in gear and your foot is off the accelerator. Most cars idle just enough to keep the engine going, between 600 and 1,000 RPM.
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)
RPM is used to measure the engine output. Anywhere between 1,000 – 5,000 RPM is standard output for acceleration and everyday driving. Above 5,000 RPM can put stress on your engine, and below 800 RPM indicates your engine is idling.
Shock Absorbers (Shocks)
Shock absorbers help your car keep traction with the road and ensure your ride is as comfortable as possible. Shock absorbers use a hydraulic system that reduces sway or bounce when you are cornering or driving on uneven surfaces.