Car Terms You Should Know
Meaning: British for “convertible,” most commonly used by Rolls-Royce. You know, because “convertible” is apparently too common.
Meaning: The lower edge of wherever all the glass on your ride ends is what forms your car’s beltline.
A, B, and C Pillars
Meaning: The A pillars on your car hold either side of the windshield in place. B pillars start where the driver and passenger-side windows end as you look backward along the length of the car. C pillars hold the sides of your car’s rear window in place. Well-designed pillars don’t create huge blind spots for you as you drive your car. Longer body styles may also have a D pillar. Guess where that one is.
Meaning: If you’ve ever been braking and felt your tires start to skid, you’ve experienced lockup. Typically, the front and rear of your car don’t achieve this state at the same time.
Meaning: If your car starts to turn in one direction or another whenever you give it some throttle, you’re experiencing torque steer. It’s a more common phenomenon in FWD cars, and can (but does not always) occur when drive shafts are of unequal length.
Pound-Foot (or Pound-Feet)
Meaning: Abbreviated as lb.-ft., this is how torque is measured. Horsepower is great, but you also want to know what kind of torque numbers you’re getting to have a clearer picture of your car’s power capabilities. A single pound of force applied to the end of a one-foot lever is one lb.-ft.