English Vocabulary: Different Parts of a Car

A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of car say they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people...

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Parts of a Car Vocabulary

  • Brake light: The red light at the back of the car that indicates the the brake is being used and that the car is slowing down.
  • Bumper: The bar at the front and back of the car the helps protects the car when it is hit. It is sometimes called the Fender in United States.
  • Clutch: The foot pedal that you use when you want to change gears.
  • Dashboard: The part in front of the driver that has the controls like the Temperature gauge, Fuel gauge and the Speedometer.
  • Door: The way you enter and leave the car. Some cars have two doors but most have four doors.
  • Exhaust (Pipe): The pipe that takes the waste gases from the motor and lets them go into the air.
  • Fan belt: The belt that keeps a fan moving that helps keep the motor cool.
  • Fender: The bar at the front and back of the car the helps protects the car when it is hit. It is called the Bumper in Britain.
  • Battery: Usually near the motor, this provides a supply of energy to the car, especially when the motor isn't running. Sometimes if you leave your lights on when the motor is off, the battery keeps them on and then becomes flat (stops working) which makes it difficult to start your car again.
  • Boot: The enclosed space usually at the back of a car where you can put your bags etc. It is called the Trunk in the United States.
  • Bonnet: The metal lid at the front of the car that covers the motor. It is called the Hood in United States.
  • Brake: The foot pedal you use when you want to make the car go slower or stop it from moving.
  • Indicators: (US: Turn Signals) The lights that let others know in which direction a car is turning.
  • Ignition: You put the key here to start the car.
  • Radiator: Cools the water of the motor.
  • Rearview Mirror: The small mirror attached to the middle of your windscreen so that you can see what is behind your car while you are driving.
  • Roof-rack: The metal frame on top of a car that is used to support the weight of things you put on top of the roof of the car.
  • Seatbelt: The belt that is connected to the seat and you place across your body to help protect you in an accident.
  • Speedometer: A part of the dashboard that lets the driver know how fast the car is moving.
  • Steering wheel: The round instrument that the driver uses to make the car go in a certain direction.Accelerator: The foot pedal that makes the car go faster.
  • Wheel: The round parts that connect the car to the road and help the car move.
  • Windscreen: (US: Windshield) The big window at the front of the car that the driver looks through as he/she drives.
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