Automotive Glossary


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Activator

A necessary component used to provide a chemical reaction to cure paints, resins and adhesives.
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Active

A system that takes action all the time as opposed to a passive system that waits for a specific event before reacting.
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ACTS

Air Charge Temperature Sensor
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Actuators

Electronic components that receive signals from an electronic control unit (ECU) and operate to make a system work.
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Adapter

General term used to describe a device that allows one component to fit with another.
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Adaptive Memory

A computer memory process that allows for changes in an open-loop mode.
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Additive

A chemical added to improve the properties or performance of something.
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Additives

Chemical substances added to paint products in relatively small amounts to impart or improve desirable properties. Examples include UV screeners, flow agents, and fish eye eliminators.
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Adhesion

The phenomenon by which one material is attached to another by means of surface attraction.
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Adjuster

General term used to describe a component that changes the adjustment of something (brake shoes or brake bands for example).
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