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abbreviation guide

Discussion in 'Technical forum' started by kemo, 14 October 2012.

  1. kemo

    kemo Torque Junkie

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    Ford Sierra 2000E
    The automotive industry uses hundreds of abbreviations. With new technology coming out on a regular basis, the list keeps growing and it can be hard to keep up.

    ABS - Anti-Lock Brakes
    ABRS - Air Bag Restraint System
    AIS - Air Injection System
    Alt. - Alternator
    A/T - Automatic Transmission
    ATC - Automatic Temperature Control
    ATF - Automatic Transmission Fluid
    AWD - All Wheel Drive
    AXOD - Automatic Transaxle Overdrive
    B+ - Battery Positive Voltage
    BCM - Body Control Module
    BHP - Brake Horsepower
    BOO - Brake On-Off Switch
    BTU - British Thermal Unit
    CAT - Catalytic Converter
    CCC - Computer Command Control
    CDI - Capacitor Discharge Ignition
    CTS - Coolant Temperature Sensor
    DEFI - Digital Electronic Fuel Injection
    DFI - Digital Fuel Injection
    DIC - Driver Information Center
    DIS - Distributorless Ignition System
    DLC - Data Link Connector
    ECT - Engine Coolant Temperature
    EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
    EI - Electronic Ignition
    EVIC- Electronic Vehicle Information Center
    FI - Fuel Injection
    FLS - Fluid Level Sensor
    FWD - Front-Wheel Drive
    GDI - Gasoline Direct Injection
    GPM - Grams Per Mile
    GPS - Global Positioning System
    GVW - Gross Vehicle Weight
    HC - Hydrocarbons
    H/D - Heavy Duty
    HLDT - Headlight
    hp - Horsepower
    HP - High Performance
    Hz - Hertz(Cycles Per Second)
    IFI - Indirect Fuel Injection
    Inj. - Injector
    IP - Instrument Panel
    KAPWR - Keep Alive Power
    KM/H - Kilometers Per Hour
    kV - Kilovolt
    LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
    L/D - Light Duty
    LED - Light Emitting Diode
    LWB - Long Wheel-Base
    mA - Milliamps
    MFI - Multiport Fuel Injection
    MIL - Malfunction Indicator Light
    MPI - Multi-Point (Fuel) Injection
    MPV - Multi-Purpose Vehicle
    mV - Millivolts
    NOX - Oxides of Nitrogen
    O2S - Oxygen Sensor
    OBD - On-board Diagnostics
    OD - Overdrive
    OE - Original Equipment
    OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
    O/S - Oversize
    OS - Oxygen Sensor
    P|B - Power Bakes
    P/N - Part Number
    PA - Pressure Air
    PAS - Power-Assisted Steering
    PCM - Powertrain Control Module
    PGM-FI - Programmed Fuel Injection
    PNP - Park Neutral Position Switch
    P/N - Park/Neutral
    PPM - Parts Per Million
    PRNDL - Park Reverse Neutral Drive Low
    P/S - Power Steering
    PSI - Pounds Per Square Inch
    PSP - Power Steering Pressure
    PTC - Pending Trouble Code
    PTO - Power Take-Off
    PWR - Power to Weight Ratio
    R/A - Resume or Accelerate
    RABS - Rear Anti-lock Brake System
    RAC - Remote Accessory Controller
    RAM - Remote Anti-theft Module
    RAV - Remote Activation Verification
    RCC - Rear Climate Control
    RCC - Remote Climate Control
    RCDLR - Remote Control Door Lock Receiver
    RDCM - Right Door Control Module
    RDM - Rear Door Module
    RDS - Radio Display System
    RECAL - Recalibration
    RECIRC - Recirculation
    RECIS - Remote Entry Control and Immobilizer System
    RESC - Remote Emergency Satellite Unit
    REX - Rear Exchanger
    RF - Radio Frequency
    RF - Right Front
    RFA - Remote Function Actuator
    RFI - Radio Frequency Interference
    RFWS - Right Front Wheel Speed
    RIM - Radio Interface Module
    RIM - Rear Integration Module
    RKE - Remote Keyless Entry
    Rly - Relay
    RM - Relay Module
    RMD - Right Mid Door
    RPA - Rear Parking Assist
    RPM - Remote Power Module
    RPM - Revolutions Per Minute
    RPO - Regular Production Option
    R & R - Remove and Replace
    RR - Right Rear
    RRD - Right Rear Door
    RSA - Rear Seat Audio
    RSC - Roll Stability Control
    RSS - Reverse Sensing System
    RSS - Road Sensing Suspension
    R/T - Road/Track
    RV - Recreational Vehicle
    RVAC - Rear Video/Audi/HVAC Module
    RWAL - Rear Wheel Anti-lock
    RWD - Rear Wheel Drive
    RWS - Rear Wheel Steer
    SC - Supercharged
    SEFI - Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection
    SES - Service Engine Soon
    SFI - Sequential Fuel Injection
    SIL - Shift Indicator Light
    SIR - Supplemental Inflatable Restraint
    SIPS - Side Impact Protection System
    SPFI - Sequential Port Fuel Injection
    SRI - Service Reminder Indicator
    SRS - Secondary Restraint System
    SS - Speed Sensor
    Sw. - Switch
    SWB - Short Wheel-Base
    TACH - Tachometer
    TB - Throttle Body
    TC- Turbocharged
    TD - Turbo Diesel
    TDI - Turbo Direct Injection
    TPI - Tuned Port Injection
    V - Valve
    Vac. - Vacuum
    VAPS - Variable Assist Power Steering
    VIN - Vehicle Identification Number
    VOM - Volt-Ohmmeter
    VSS - Vehicle Speed Sensor
     
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  2. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

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    As you say the list grows incessantly. Many of these have other meanings too.
     
  3. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Welcome back buddy, thanks for the list and how's life going for you?
     
  4. gummy

    gummy Torque Master

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    Car:
    skyline r34 gtt
    Didnt realise there were so many,have,nt heard of loads of them!
     
  5. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    MBC manual boost controller
    EBC electronic boost controller
    FWD 4 wheel drive
    TBI throttle body injection
    TS twin scroll
    WG waste gate
    ISC idle speed control
    SIDI spark ignition direct injection
    DOHC double overhead cam

    Non car related
    IIRC if I recall correctly.
    IMHO in my humble opinion.
    LOL laughing out loud OR lots of love
     
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  6. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    FWD means front wheel drive here in the UK.
     
  7. SLEEPER

    SLEEPER Pro Tuner

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    as og said

    FWD
    RWD
    AWD
    4WD

    can I add BS to the list ? :lol:
     
  8. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    I use RTFM a fair bit.
     
  9. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    :confused:??
     
  10. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

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    Read the F***in' manual FYI

    There are loads missing
     
  11. HugoBoss

    HugoBoss The Torque Meister

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    Oooh ooh I know that one.
     
  12. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    LOL over here we would most likely add DH to your RTFM :bigsmile:
     
  13. HugoBoss

    HugoBoss The Torque Meister

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  14. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    DH = d##k head an Aussie term that = stupid but depending on the context is almost a backhanded compliment.
    PS I think the American version of DH is DA dumb ass
     
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  15. Joel Charles

    Joel Charles Newbie

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    Heap
    Lots of new acronyms for safety stuff:
    BSM: blind spot monitor
    VSC: vehicle stability control
    VSM: vehicle stability management
    CBC: cornering brake control
    LDW: lane departure warning
    RTCA: rear cross traffic alert
    TC: traction control
     
  16. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    The thing that gets to me is that when people are shopping for new wheels and the salesman (or should that be salesperson to be PC politically correct) mentions all of the cars wonderful electronic safety bells & whistles by their abbreviations, IMHO few if any ask the salesperson to explain them

    HDA hill decent assist
    CCVVT computer controlled variable valve timing
    There are so many I can't keep up.
     
  17. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    I live with a SHMBO she who must be obeyed ( from Rumpole of the Bailey)
     
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  18. HugoBoss

    HugoBoss The Torque Meister

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  19. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    IIRC = If I recall correctly
    IDK = I don't know
    FYI = For your information
    IDC = I don't care
     
  20. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    If all else fails, RTFM
     
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  21. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    That's what I tell my other 1/2 when she asks me something about her car but I drop the "F" :lol:

    PS Glad to hear from you Steve as you have been MIA on the forums for a wile.|B
     
  22. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    What, flippin' ? :)
     
  23. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    Over here down under we use stronger F words than flippin and flaming ;) but not to the female gender :)
     
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