Techincal car terms

Car Dictionary

List of techincal words and terms that your mechanic would usually mention.

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RACK AND PINION STEERING

This steering system allows for more responsive handling and is found mostly in newer cars. It consists of a steering shaft that is controlled (or turned) by the steering wheel. At the end of the shaft there is a small gear called the pinion gear. The pinion gear meshes with a toothed bar called the rack. This bar is connected to the steering linkage (tie rods) that control the two front wheels. When the steering wheel is turned right or left, the rack is moved right or left, resulting in the steering of the vehicle.

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