You can drive like a demon, but if you can't talk the talk, you're not a gearhead. In this quiz, we're going to test your knowledge of the most important auto slang. It's time to sound like a mechanic.
A drophead is a convertible, according to British auto slang. This word is most commonly used to refer to a Rolls-Royce.
The beltline refers to the edge just below all the glass on your car. This line around the circumference of your car is the beltline.
The slip angle refers to the difference between where you turned your steering wheel and where your wheels are actually going. Knowing your slip angle makes you a better driver.
Oversteer is experienced when your back tires lose traction around a corner. The back end slips out, and you start to go sideways.
Countersteering, or opposite lock, is when you crank the steering wheel in the opposite direction of a turn. This means that you will scoot sideways.
Aftermarket parts are made by someone other than your manufacturer. Every mechanic knows that!
Heavily worn or bald tires are called baldinis. You definitely don't want a set of baldinis on your vehicle.
A bench is what is used to restore your car's geometry to factory settings. A bench is a heavy metal platform.
Your car has a set of A, B and C pillars. These are different structural components of the car. Longer cars have D pillars.
Lockup is something that you experience with the brakes. When lockup occurs, you feel your tires start to skid.
Torque steer is what occurs when your car naturally angles to one direction or the other when you give it some gas. This is more common with FWD cars.
These are two ways of describing the measurement of your torque. It can also be called pound-feet or foot-pounds.
Brake bias refers to the distribution of braking power from the front to the back of your vehicle. Ideally, you'll like perfect balance.
The engine breathes, similar in fashion to how humans breathe. It fills the cylinders with air-fuel mix and then expels exhaust.
The crane-like engine hoist is referred to as the cherry picker. If you say this to your mechanic, he'll be impressed.
Dikes are wire cutters. The term is short for "diagonal cutters."
The dive is the dipping of your car's nose when brakes are applied. Diving is natural for most cars.
The cutting torch used on vehicles is called the gas axe. It's a seriously powerful tool.
A HEMI engine is any engine that has hemispherical combustion chambers on its cylinder head. Everyone should know what a HEMI is.
A grease monkey is another name for a mechanic. Just don't call him that to his face.
The dynometer is otherwise known as the dyno. It's the meter that is used to measure horsepower.
LKQ refers to like kind and quality. This is in reference to a salvaged replacement part that is as good in quality as the original.
Knock and detonation are the same thing. It is what happens when the air/fuel mix in the combustion chamber explodes just after the spark is lit.
Bedding the brake pads is a process of purposely burning off the impurities from the surface. This makes the brakes work better.
The OBD is the on-board diagnostic tool. It's a computer that you'll find in pretty much every modern vehicle.
A naturally aspirated engine takes in air to mix with fuel on its own. There are no modifications to the engine to make this process better.
A supercharged engine sucks in more air, using a compressor. The extra air makes a small engine more powerful.
A turbocharger is similar to a supercharger, but slightly different. The difference is that it uses an exhaust-driven turbine to force more air into the engine.
When you blip the throttle, you apply a short stab of throttle. This temporarily raises the engine revs.
A kickdown is the downshift in an automatic transmission that is caused by depressing the accelerator. It's not a wrestling move.
Menu pricing is basically the mechanic's fees for both time and parts. Menu pricing can give you heartburn.
An oversquare engine has a bore that is larger than the stroke. Stroke ratio applies to reciprocating piston engines.
Pickle forks are the mechanics' term for ball-joint separators. It's always good to nickname your tools.
The waste-gate is the name for the valve that controls boost in a turbocharger. More specifically, it limits boost.
The art of the mechanic is referred to as wrenching. A mechanic can be referred to as a wrench.