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A salvage title is a form of vehicle title branding, which notes that the vehicle has been damaged and/or deemed a total loss by an insurance company that paid a claim on it.
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A horizontal strip of the body has been removed to make the car shorter in height.
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A type of non-synchronousmanual transmission used mostly for motorcycles and racing cars. It produces faster shift times than traditional synchronized manual transmissions, and restricts the driver to selecting either the next or previous gear, in a successive order.
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A single belt driving multiple accessories connected to an engine using a pulley system, including alternators, power steering pumps, water pumps, etc.
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When trim, door handles, emblems, or any other body adornment have been removed and filled for a smoother look.
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The cables that connect the gearshift or gear selector to the transmission.
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Slang for a turbo- charger, or sometimes a centrifugal supercharger, due to the shape of both the turbine and compres- sor housing.
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An automotive aerodynamic device whose intended design function is to 'spoil' unfavorable air movement across a body of a vehicle in motion, usually described as turbulence or drag.
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A computerized technology that improves a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.
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An anti-roll bar used in automobile suspensions to reduce vehicle body roll during cornering or over road irregularities.
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The full travel of the piston inside an engine's cylinder walls.
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A supercharger is an air compressor that increases the pressure or density of air supplied to an internal combustion engine. This gives each intake cycle of the engine more oxygen, letting it burn more fuel and do more work, thus increasing the power output.
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