Automotive Glossary

Automotive Glossary

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Tin based alloy used as a coating for plain steel bearings.


Standard size of thread. Old British standard.


Coil of wire used to create magnetism.


Coils of wire used to create magnetism when a current flows through them.

Wiring Harness (Loom)

The bundle of cables that are bound together to form the electrical distribution system for a vehicle or system.

Woodruff Key

A locating device that sits in slots on a shaft and pulley or gear wheel. Also known as a half-round key or in some cases just key!

Word Processor

A computer program used to create text based documents such as letters and memos, although graphics may also be added.


Performed when energy is used. The SI unit is the 'Joule'.

World Wide Web

The www is a collection of electronic 'pages' that can be accessed over the Internet. The World Wide Web is NOT the same as the Internet, it is only a part of it.

Worm Gear

Gear set with a screw pinion driving a wheel with meshing circumferential teeth.

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