Australian Automotive Glossary

Active Body Control

Regulated suspension system using hydraulic and sensors to change the springing to suit the immediate situation....
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Actuator

A device that performs a mechanical action in response to an input signal, either electrical or fluid...
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Adhesive

An adhesive is any substance that, when applied to the surfaces of materials, binds the surfaces together and resists separation. The term "adhesive" may be used interchangeably with glue, cement, mucilage, or paste....
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Adiathermal Glass

Heat-absorbing window pane containing ferric oxide mixed with basic silica to reduce the amount of the sun's rays reaching the interior....
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After-market

Component, equipment or service added after a vehicle has left the assembly plant....
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Air Bag

The air bag, also known as a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint System, is a passive safety device, supplemental to safety belts, that inflates to provide a cushion to absorb impact forces during moderate to severe collisions. The air bag is triggered automatically by sensors. To maximize effectiveness, seat belts must always be used in conjunction with this system....
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Air Bleed

A small hole or jet that allows air to flow into the fuel being discharged from the carburettor, this helps to atomise the fuels and also corrects the air-fuel mixture....
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Air Filter

A filter that prevents dirt and debris in the air entering the engine....
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Air Shocks

A type of overload shock absorber that can be inflated with air to increase the suspension's load carrying ability....
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