The TOP 20 Car Definitions to help you learn more about your car! PART 2

15145 NE 90th Street Redmond
   Email Luke!

Luke's Car Tips & Auto Maintenance Advice

Luke's posts regular blogs to offer you great information and advice about your car maintenance.  Check back often for new posts.  Search for a specific topic!

The TOP 20 Car Definitions to help you learn more about your car! PART 2
By: Luke Shaff ~ 3/16/2023


This represents the loss of traction and skidding when the road is wet. Wet road surfaces can cause tires to hydroplane. This could result in loss of control and steering ability as your tires may lose contact with the pavement.

Jumpstart is also called as Boost. This is a method or process of starting a dead or discharged battery. A temporary connection is made with other active battery through a cable which makes the battery work instantly.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
This is designed to help the driver to avoid crashes due to drifting or departing your lane (traveling lane). This detector detects the lane markers and alert the driver when a tire touches a lane marker. This warning is usually flashing indicator or it beeps from the corresponding side.

An anti-theft device that works as a recovery system for stolen cars. Allows a car to be tracked by the police, with the aim of recovering them in case of theft. The manufacturer claims 90% recovery rate.

Amount of distance a vehicle can travel with a specific amount of fuel. Common notations for mileage are MPG (miles per gallon) and KMPL (kilometers per liter). 20mpg means the vehicle can travel 20 miles for a gallon of fuel.

Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI)
It is a unit to measure air pressure in a closed chamber containing gas. PSI is used to denote tire pressure in our cars. Generally, the optimum tire pressure for your car is available in owner’s manual or a sticker in the door jam. Recommended tire pressure can vary between the front and back wheels.

Revolutions Per Minute, the gauge indicating RPM or r/min tells the driver how fast the car’s crankshaft is spinning. Each number on the gauge corresponds to roughly 1,000 revolutions per minute, so if your gauge’s needle is pointing at 3, your engine is spinning at about 3,000 revolutions per minute. Why is RPM Important in Cars? RPM is a good indicator for when to upshift or downshift when driving a manual transmission car. When the RPM is high it is a good time to upshift and when the RPM is low it is time to downshift. High and low can vary from car to car. Check out “Avoiding Transmission Troubles" for more insight and tips

Tire Rotation
Means swapping or moving wheels and tires of your car from one position to another to ensure uniform tire wear. Generally, the weight in the front and rear tires are uneven because the engine usually sits on the front tires. This will help us to retain tire life. For more insight on tire life check out “How & Why You Should Rotate Your Tires“ . Is it time for a tire rotation or are you in need of new car tires? Luke's Automotive can help with all your tire needs so you can feel safer on the road and keep your car driving longer.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Do you know your car has an identification number? Yes. VIN is a unique code for every car used in the automotive industry to address each and every individual car. Which is a series of serial number. And it was first used in the United States. Vin is like a social security number for your car embedded with all the details about that particular car.

Wheel Alignment
This is the process of aligning the car wheel's angle (proposed by the car manufacturer) to ensure car travels in a straight line or desired path without pulling in one direction. It is important to take your car to its doctor if it is pulling in one direction.

Wheel Balancing
Do you think your wheel wobble? Then it's important to know about wheel balancing. It is a process of distribution of mass within tires or the entire wheel (including the rim) to the axis it is attached.