Australian Automotive Glossary

Ammeter

Electrical instrument for measuring current flow to and from the car’s battery....
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Anode

The positive pole or plate of an electrical device...
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Anti-Freeze

Antifreeze, also called coolant, is a coloured fluid (usually green or red) found in a vehicles radiator. Antifreeze serves a few purposes. The most important and known is keeping the water in your radiator and engine from freezing in cold temperatures. It also keeps that same water from boiling over in the summer. Radiators are normally filled with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. The third function of antifreeze, or coolant is lubrication -- it lubricates the moving parts it comes in contact with, like the water pump....
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Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Also known as anti skid brakes, modern ABS systems electronically monitor the speed of the wheels and regulate the hydraulic pressure accordingly. The aim is to maximize braking power while preventing the wheels from locking and skidding....
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Asbestos


A naturally occurring fibre once used in the manufacture of brake components and under certain circumstances is dangerous to a persons health....
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Atom

A small particle of matter that contains positive and negative charges...
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