Automotive Glossary

Muffler and Exhaust Repair Services



Part of having your car repaired or maintained is learning some of the lingo that is associated with it. Doing so will help you to better understand your diagnosis or care needs. Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive has put together this handy glossary to help you understand some of the most common terms you may hear.


The term “automotive” is an adjective that describes anything relating to automobiles. You may hear this term in such phrases as automotive repair, automotive repair shop, automotive maintenance and automotive sales. The term is synonymous with “vehicular.” The term is related to anything having to do with your car. It is best to go to an automotive repair shop to have all your maintenance and repairs performed to ensure that they are done properly and by an expert. Doing so will help you to prolong the life of your car and get the maximum efficiency from it.


A mechanic is a person who performs car maintenance and repairs. Mechanics in Tempe receive specialized training either through a college education or an apprenticeship with an expert. Many mechanics receive additional training to specialize in a certain type or brand of car, such as working on trucks or working on BMWs. However, the basic training covers all aspects of car maintenance and repair, which qualifies mechanics to provide the essential car care. It is important that you only take your car to a trained mechanic for repairs and maintenance to ensure that the work is done properly.

Auto Repair

Auto repair refers to any type of repair performed on an automobile. Auto repair can refer to basic repairs like a tire change or alignment, or it can refer to more extensive repairs such as replacing a transmission, changing a timing belt, or installing a new fuel injection system. Scottsdale Auto repairs should only be completed by trained mechanics. If you take your car to an amateur, you run the risk of getting a shoddy repair and causing more damage to your car. Getting repairs done right and on time can help you to prolong the life of your car.

Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance refers to any of the work that you do to tend to your car’s health and prevent problems. Common vehicle maintenance includes oil changes, tune ups, tire rotation, and fuel injection cleaning. Vehicle maintenance has to be performed on a certain timetable. For example, oil changes have to be performed every three months. By performing all the recommended vehicle maintenance, you can keep your car in proper working order and make sure that parts don’t break down. You’ll save a lot of money and prolong the life of your car.

Classic Car Restoration

The definition for “classic car” is a bit elusive, but most estimates are that any car between 30 and 50 years old is a classic. (Yes, that means even your 80’s era Gremlin could be considered a classic in some circles.) Because classic cars are so much older than most used cars, they likely need a lot of repairs, either to the engine or to the body. Classic car restoration refers to any number of services that are designed to restore these cars to their original condition. Many collectors will try to use original parts where available. However, the primary goal is to restore the car to its best shape and to the original look.

Custom Exhaust

The exhaust system that comes standard on your vehicle may not give you the performance that you want. By getting a custom exhaust system installed, you can improve the power of your engine. The custom exhaust system provides a more efficient path for the expulsion of gases and other exhaust, which means that fuel and air are burned at a faster rate in the engine. With a custom exhaust, your vehicle may be able to drive faster, to accelerate more quickly, to take turns more easily and more. Everything from the materials used to the design of the system can have an impact. It is important that you work with a qualified mechanic who has experience in the type of exhaust you want and the model vehicle you have.

Muffler Repair

The muffler on your vehicle is responsible for reducing the noise you hear from your engine, or muffling the engine sounds. The muffler includes a series of tubes and chambers that redirect the sounds coming out of the engine and cause them to cancel each other out. The result is not the elimination of noise but a drastic reduction of noise. Just listening to a vehicle that doesn’t have a muffler will show you how much difference it can make. But your muffler doesn’t just affect the sounds you hear. It can also influence the performance of your engine, which can affect how fast your car can drive and how much power you get from it. Getting your muffler repaired by a qualified technician can ensure that you continue to get the benefits you need from it.

Auto Fabrication

Auto fabrication involves any work that is intended to either repair or customize the frame of a vehicle. Auto fabrication may be required if the vehicle has been in an accident or if you want to customize your vehicle, such as for adding a new exhaust system or adding a spoiler. Working with a mechanic who specializes in auto fabrication is essential since the work involves much more than just basic body work. Custom jobs require a special level of care to ensure that the safety and performance of the vehicle are not compromised by the changes or additions. The customizations can improve the performance of the vehicle, or they can be purely aesthetic.

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1879 East 3rd St.
Tempe, AZ 85281



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