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Term Definition
Caliper This is a non-rotating part of the braking system it straddles the disc and carries the brake pads. When the brakes are applied the caliper causes the brake pads to pinch the disc .
A Caliper is also a measuring tool that can be set to measure inside or outside dimensions of an object.
Camshaft A Camshaft is a shaft with a series of cam lobes, these cam lobes operate the valve mechanisms. The camshaft can be driven from a chain or belt.
Carburettor A device to mix air and fuel in proportion to provide a desired output.
Castor Caster is the backward or forward tilt of the steering axis.
CFI Central Fuel Injection
CVH  Compound Valve-angle Hemispherical combustion-chamber
Circlip This is a ring-shaped clip used to prevent endwise movement. This clips fit into a grove, either on the inside or outside of the cylindrical shaft.
Compression A reduction in volume, and increase pressure. Caused by squeezing it into a smaller space.
Compression ratio This is the relationship between the piston at top dead center and the piston bottom dead center.
CV (Constant velocity joint) A universal joint that carries drive though an angle.
Core plug A metal disc shaped device inserted into a hole in a casting which core was removed when the casting was made.
 
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