Glossary of Auto Terms

DriverSide's Car Dictionary has the most comprehensive definitions of automotive terms. This auto glossary can help you decipher what your mechanic is fixing and what the purpose or function of the particular auto part or accessory is for. We have taken the mystery out of automotive service jargon, so that you don't have to.


Carburetor Float

On carbureted engines, a device much like the float in a household toilet tank that regulates the amount of fuel in the carburetor bowl.

See Also:
Carburetor Bowl
Carburetor Barrel
Carbon Canister
Float Bowl
Lean Fuel Mixture
Fuel Pump
Fuel Injectors

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