Category: WHAT THE HECK IS A…

Celebrate Good Times! (Come on!)

August 11th, 2017 by

Happy one-year-one-month-ten-day-iversary!   Well, folks of the Internet, it’s been a little over a year since I published the first official post on the Auto Know for the Average Joe blog. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and peek at some of the things we’ve learned so far (imagine Sarah McLachlan’s I Will Remember

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Sway Bar?

July 28th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a sway bar IS, we must first explore what the heck a sway bar IS NOT. A sway bar is not: An establishment that sells alcohol on a ship at sea Part of the pendulum in a grandfather clock The hottest night club in Chattanooga, Tennessee A solid version of

WHAT THE HECK IS A…TIPM?

July 14th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a TIPM IS, we must first explore what the heck a TIPM IS NOT. A TIPM is not: Two Intelligent Penguins Marrying The Intergalactic Portability Machine Triply Important Personal Mantra The thing you do for your waiter as you leave a restaurant   So…what the heck is it then? TIPM

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Drive Shaft?

June 29th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a drive shaft IS, we must first explore what the heck a drive shaft IS NOT. A drive shaft is not:  Something about which people in the 1970s said in unison, “We can dig it” The lever you pull to get the ambition to complete a task Another term for

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Control Arm?

June 16th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a control arm IS, we must first explore what the heck a control arm IS NOT. A control arm is not:  The sample arm that remains the same throughout an arm experiment A keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot The winner of an arm wrestling contest A baseball player’s dominant

WHAT THE HECK IS AN…Intake Manifold?

June 2nd, 2017 by

To know what the heck an intake manifold IS, we must first explore what the heck an intake manifold IS NOT. An intake manifold is not:  Body builders’ favorite get-muscles-quick supplement A masculine laundry creasing machine The newest Microsoft Word font The tip of a feather used as an ink pen in Colonial times So…what

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Throttle Body?

May 19th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a throttle body IS, we must first explore what the heck a throttle body IS NOT. A throttle body is not:  An alcoholic drink consisting of mainly whiskey and a double shot of pure gasoline The worst rhyme for “bottle hockey” A term for a being that houses a soul

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Brake Booster?

May 5th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a brake booster IS, we must first explore what the heck a brake booster IS NOT. A brake booster is not:  A young cheerleader with a fractured leg The seat on which a small child can sit to stop a car A shot administered by a doctor to protect against

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Shift Solenoid?

April 21st, 2017 by

To know what the heck a shift solenoid IS, we must first explore what the heck a shift solenoid IS NOT. A shift solenoid is not: A video game minion robot character The program that assigns work schedules A candy made by Willy Wonka The device in a keyboard that enables capitalization So…what the heck

WHAT THE HECK IS A…Differential?

March 24th, 2017 by

To know what the heck a differential IS, we must first explore what the heck a differential IS NOT. A differential is not:  A device that allows a vehicle to physically change between 3 different models A new flavor of Cheetos The sum of two ducks divided by the square root of your next-door neighbor’s