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Unread 07-31-2006, 04:20 AM   #1
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Hey guys. This is intended to be just a list of car related acronyms for Carforum.net. It was originally created by SpookedJunglist but i have since taken over the thread. Please feel free to post those which you feel should be included in this thread.
4WD: Four Wheel Drive
AAA: American Automobile Association
ABS: Anti-lock Brake System, [Also a plastic]
ABDC: After Bottom Dead Center
ABPV: Air ByPass Valve
AC: Air Conditioning
ACD: Active Center Differential
AFR: Air Fuel Ratio [Lean Rich Stoich]
ASE: Automotive Service Excellence
ATV: All Terrain Vehicles
AT: Automatic Transmission
AWD: All Wheel Drive
AWS: All Wheel Steering
AYC: Active Yaw Control
BHP: Brake HorsePower
BOV: Blow Off Valve
CAI: Cold Air Intake
CARB: California Automotive Research Board
CAT: Catalytic converter
CFM: Cubic Feet per Minuite
CIS: Continuous Injection System
CR: Compression Ratio
CVT: Continuously Variable Transmission
DCCD: Driver Controlled Center Differential
DFI: Digital Fuel Injection, or Direct Fuel Injection
DMV: Department of Motor Vehicles
DOHC: Dual Over Head Cam
DOT: Department Of Transportation
DSM: Diamond Star Motors [Mitsubishi and Chrysler partnership]
EBCM: Electronic Brake Control Module
ECM: Electronic Control Module
ECU: Electronic Control Unit
EEPROM: Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
EFI: Electronic Fuel Injection
EGA: Exhaust Gas Analyzer
EGR: Exhaust Gas Recirculation
EGT: Exhaust Gas Temperature
ET: Elapsed Time
EV: Electric Vehicle
FF: Front engine/Front wheel drive
FMIC: Front Mount Intercooler
FR: Front engine/Rear wheel drive
FSI = Fuel Stratified Injection
FWD: Front Wheel Drive
GT: Gran Tourismo, Gran Tourism
Hemi: Hemispherical combustion chamber
HID: High Intensity Discharge
HP: HorsePower
IAC: Idle Air Control
IPR - Injector Pressure Regulator
KPG: Kilometers Per Gallon
KPH: Kilometers Per Hour
LE: Limited Edition
LEV: Low Emissions Vehicle
Ltd: Limited
MAF: Mass Air Flow sensor
MAP: Manifold Absolute Pressure
MBC: Master Brake Cylinder
MBC: Manual Boost Controller
MPG: Miles Per Gallon
MPH: Miles Per Hour
MR: Mid engine/Rear wheel drive
Manual Transmission
NA: Naturally Aspirated
NOS: Nitrous Oxide System, N20, Spray
NOx: Oxides of Nitrogen (x = various oxides)
OBD: On-Board Diagnostics
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
OHV: Over Head Valve
PSI: Pounds Per Square Inch
TCM: Transmission Control Module
TCS: Traction Control System
TDC: Top Dead Center
TDI: Turbo Direct Injection
TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System
VVT: Variable Valve Timing [Vtec, Vtec-i, vvtl, etc]
WOT: Wide Open Throttle
R&D: Research and Development
RPM: Revolutions Per Minuite
RR: Rear engine/Rear wheel drive
RS: Rally Sport, Road Side,
RV: Recreational Vehicle
RWD: Rear Wheel Drive
S: Standard
SC: SuperCharged, Sports Coupe, Sports Car
SE: Special Edition
SEL: Select
SES: Service Engine Soon
SFI: Sequential Fuel Injection
SOHC: Single Over Head Cam
SRS: Supplementary Restraint System
SRT: Street Road Track
STI: Subaru Technica International
SUV: Sport Utility Vehicle
TB: Throttle Body
TMIC: Top Mount Intercooler
TSB: Technical Service Bulletin
TSI = Turbo Stratified Injection
TT: Twin Turbo
ULEV: Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle
VIN: Vehicle Identification Number
VTEC: Variable (valve) Timing Electronic (lift) Control
VW: VolksWagen
WHP: Wheel HorsePower

WOT: Wide Open Throttle
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SFI: Sequencial Fuel Injection
DFI: Digital Fuel Injection or Direct Fuel Injection
CVT: Constantly Variable Transmission
EBCM: Electronic Brake Control Module
EEPROM: Elecrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
TCM: Transmission Control Module
NOx: Oxides of Nitrogen (X=various oxides)


Added a few more, Spooky
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CFM: Cubic Feet per Minuite
RPM: Revolutions Per Minuite
PSI: Pounds Per Square Inch
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STI: Subaru Technica International

Vtec: Variable Valve Timing and Electronic lift Control
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dont forget MAF = Mass Air Flow sensor. I will post more when I can think of them.

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I have a few

EGT: Exhaust Gas Temperature
DCCD: Driver Controlled Center Differential
TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System
BOV: Blow Off Valve
FMIC: Front Mount Intercooler
TMIC: Top Mount Intercooler
TB: Throttle Body
MT: Manual Transmission
AT: Automatic Transmission
MBC: Manual Boost Controller
TSB: Technical Service Bulletin

Here's a link to some more. I actually found this about halfway through my post, after I couldn't think of any more.
http://www.dsmtuners.com/forums/freq...eviations.html
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SES, CEL: Check Engine Light, sometimes called Service Engine Soon light.


Carb: Carburetor

Dist: Distributor

BBL: Barrel, as in 1bbl, 2bbl, 4bbl carb.

M4: Mid engine, 4WD

BB: Big Block, as in 460ci Ford V8

SB: Small Block, as in 302ci Ford V8
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Transferred ownership to me. Also updated.
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