Automotive Glossary

Automotive Glossary

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Alternative name for a sump.
Entry link: Pan

Panel Lights

Illumination for instruments and other displays.
Entry link: Panel Lights

Panhard Rod

Rear axle transverse link between the chassis and axle beam. It is used to hold the axle in relation to the body during cornering or for sideways forces.
Entry link: Panhard Rod


A petroleum based thin and colourless fuel oil, (kerosene in US English).
Entry link: Paraffin


The condition that exists when the centre lines of two or more items or components or lines do not converge. The extended lines in both directions will always remain at an equal distance apart.
Entry link: Parallel

Parallel circuit

A circuit that splits into two or more branches. A break in one will not stop current flowing in the other(s).
Entry link: Parallel circuit

Parallel hybrid

The engine and motor can both be used to drive the vehicle (most hybrid vehicles use this system).
Entry link: Parallel hybrid

Parasitic draw

An unwanted, usually small, current flow from a battery.
Entry link: Parasitic draw

Parking Brake

Mechanical system of braking to hold vehicle stationary.
Entry link: Parking Brake

Parking Gear

The component(s) in an automatic box that lock the drive when 'Park' is selected.
Entry link: Parking Gear

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