Here is some common auto mechanic slang:
- Aftermarket â€“ Parts made by companies other than the original manufacturer.
- Baldinis â€“ Heavily worn/bald tyres.
- Bench â€“ A heavy metal platform used to restore a carâ€™s structural geometry to factory specifications.
- Breathing â€“ Refers to an engineâ€™s ability to fill its cylinders with the air-fuel mix and then expel exhaust.
- Dive â€“ The dipping of a carâ€™s nose when brakes are applied.
- Dyno â€“ Short for â€œdynometer,â€ a device that measures an engineâ€™s horsepower.
- Gas Axe â€“ Cutting torch.
- Grease Monkey â€“ Mechanic.
- Hemi â€“ Term that describes any engine with hemispherical combustion chambers on its cylinder head.
- Kickdown â€“ The downshift in an automatic transmission caused by depressing the throttle.
- Knock â€“ High frequency vibrations caused by inefficient fuel detonation in the engine.
- LKQ â€“ â€œLike Kind and Quality,â€ meaning a salvaged replacement part that appears to be as good as the original.
- Menu Pricing â€“ A bundled price for a repair job that includes both parts and labour.
- Oversquare â€“ An engine whose bore is larger than its stroke.
- Pent-Roof â€“ A combustion chamber whose upper surface resembles a shallow peaked roof.
- Pickle Forks â€“ Ball-joint separators.
- Toe-In â€“ The intentional non-parallel orientation of opposite wheels.