Automotive Glossary

Automotive Glossary

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Wide open throttle

Woven abrasive pad

A fibre pad used to lightly sand a surface. These pads, which are supplied in various grades, last much longer than abrasive papers and are less likely to rub through on sharp angles and panel edges.


The phenomenon by which electrically charged paint droplets curve around to the rear side of the object being painted. Used to great advantage in Electrostatic spraying of components with complicated shapes


Surface distortion that occurs in a thick coat of enamel due to uneven cure or recoating of an uncured paint film.



Drive-by-wire, DbW, by-wire, or x-by-wire technology in the automotive industry replaces the traditional mechanical and hydraulic control systems with electronic control systems using electromechanical actuators and human-machine interfaces such as pedal and steering feel devices.


A word to make sure that there is always a word in the X section!


An inert gas used in some discharge type light bulbs.


A high solvency, medium evaporating, aromatic hydrocarbon solvent.



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Y-type Stator

An alternator stator winding with the three-phase coils connected at the centre in order to give a large voltage output. The normal winding for light vehicle applications. Also star wound stator.

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