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Car Workshop Jargon explained by McAfee & Son

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Car Workshop Jargon explained by McAfee & Son

If you have had your car serviced recently then you are sure to have heard about filters, shocks, and belts. But what are they, what do they do and why do they need to be changed. Just take a look below:


Filters – Most vehicles will have 3 different types of filters fitted to them.

Air filter – this filters the air coming into the engine and so prevents dirt and debris getting into the engine and causing problems.
Fuel filter – over time some debris can build up in the fuel tank. The fuel filter is fitted so it stops these particles from getting into the engine.
Pollen filter – this one helps you have a much more pleasant trip as it helps remove pollen and dust from entering the cabin of the vehicle.

Car Workshop Jargon explained by McAfee & Son
Suspension – all of the suspension parts work together to give you a much more pleasant and smooth drive while also protecting the vehicle.

  • Springs – large metal springs which take the shock and roughness out of driving surfaces.
  • Shock absorbers and struts – these work together to dampen vibrations by slowing down the rebound of the springs, making it a smoother journey especially on rougher roads.
  • Suspension bushes – these connect the body of the car to the suspension arms which again minimise noise and vibration through the vehicle.

Gearbox – the gearbox transmits power from the engine to the wheels.

Clutch – the link between the engine and gearbox. When the clutch pedal is depressed it stops the drive between the engine and the gearbox, allowing you to change gear.
Belts –

  • Timing belt – keeps all the components of the engine running together at the correct pace and is essential to the smooth running of the engine.
  • Fan belt (alternator belt) – fan belts are flexible rubber belts that are used to power components such as the air conditioner compressor, power steering pumps and water pumps. For example the fan belt connects the engine cooling fan to the alternator and crankshaft pulley.
  • Water pump and coolant – driven by the fan belt, the water pump circulates the coolant around the engine and radiator to keep the engine cool.

If you have any queries about your vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at McAfee Cars, Railway St, Ballymena. McAfee & Sons don’t just sell cars but they will also service your car, even if you didn’t buy your car from them. Call 028 2565 3909 for more information.