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Either one of two support posts that are positioned on either side of the windshield of a vehicle and connect the roof to the body.
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Anti-lock braking system: An anti-lock braking system is a safety anti-skid braking system.
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A belt driven compressor tasked with putting refrigerant under high pressure to operate the air conditioning system.
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When leasing a vehicle, the administartive fee a leasing company charges to the customer.
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While a traditional cruise control system is designed to maintain a speed no matter external conditions, adaptive systems help vehicles maintain a safe following distance when needed.
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An active safety feature that adjust headlights for improved lighting for both the driver and oncoming traffic. This includes automatic high beams, headlights that pivot in accordance to steering angle, and smart LED dimming technology.
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A power operated pedal box that moves closer or farther away from the driver, to ensure proper positioning in front of the steering wheel mounted airbag.
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The force on an object that resists its motion through a fluid is called drag . When the fluid is a gas like air, it is called aerodynamic drag or air resistance.
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A filter located in the air intake assembly that removes contaminents from entering an internal combustion engine.
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A supplementary vehicle occupant restraint system using a bag designed to inflate extremely quickly during a collision. These are used for impacts with the front, side or roof of a vehicle.
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Approach angle is the maximum angle of a ramp onto which a vehicle can climb from a horizontal plane without interference.
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The maximum ramp angle from which a vehicle can descend without damage
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A device that reduces the likelihood of a vehicle being stolen or broken into. Such devices include Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring, audible warning alarms, and engine starter disablers.
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Combined with water, these Glycol based liquids protect a vehicle's engine and cooling system from below freezing temperatures while retaining cooling properties in warm temperatures.
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The Annual Percentage Rate is the cost you pay each year to borrow money, including fees, expressed as a percentage.
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Mirror that automatically switches between "day" and "night" settings depending on the amount of light behind the car relative to the ambient light in front.
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Vehicle suspension using compressed air or hydraulic pressure in place of (or in conjunction with) traditional metal springs, which can adjust vehicle height to ensure even height at each corner, raise for off road conditions, and lower at highway speeds.
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A multi-speed transmission used in motor vehicles that does not require any driver input to change gears under normal driving conditions.
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An all-wheel drive vehicle (AWD vehicle) is one with a powertrain capable of providing power to all its wheels, whether full-time or on-demand.
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Axle ratio is the number of revolutions the output shaft or driveshaft needs to make in order to spin the axle one complete turn.
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