Car Parts Explained

As a car owner, you know that you're responsible for maintaining your vehicle. You know when the oil needs to be changed and when to get the tires rotated. Keeping your car in tip-top shape is easy, especially with help from Toyota of Orlando - but do you ever wonder what kind of parts make up your car and what they all do? Our Toyota Parts Center and Toyota Service Center in Orlando has created a guide to help explain different car parts and their purposes!

Become a car part pro

You've got the basics down: brakes, battery, windshield wipers, gas tank, and tires. But, when you visit the mechanic and they start mentioning sprockets and crankshafts, it's easy to get a bit confused. Toyota of Orlando wants to help clear things up by explaining common car parts and what they do.

Under the Hood


The alternator is responsible for starting your car battery after you turn the key in the ignition. It's also responsible for making sure that other parts of your car remaining on and running, like your windshield wipers, heated windows, and headlights.


Sitting inside the cylinders of your car's engine are pistons. Pistons move up and down inside the cylinders, which fires up the engine through a combustion chamber and intake port.

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Spark Plugs

These small Orlando auto parts sit above the pistons inside the cylinders. A part called a distributor causes the spark plugs to spark and ignite a fuel and air mixture coming from the combustion chamber.


To prevent your engine from overheating, your car uses a cooling system. The center of the cooling system is the radiator, which cools down hot coolant flowing through it with a fan blowing cool air.

Underneath the Car

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A car's clutch is composed of four main car parts: the cover plate, pressure plate, driven plate, and the release bearing. The clutch is responsible for transferring engine power to the gearbox, and allowing the transmission to be interrupted while a gear is selected or changed.

Shock Absorbers

You enjoy a smooth ride thanks to shock absorbers underneath your car. These handy auto parts control the amount of movement from your springs and suspension. They also make sure that your car tires stay in contact with the ground.

Catalytic Converter

A catalytic converter's job is to help protect the planet. This important car part in Orlando takes the dangerous compounds your car has created and converts them to less toxic gases.


Just like the name implies, a muffler's job is to muffle the sounds of coming out of the car's exhaust pipe. This helpful car part also makes sure that fumes coming from your exhaust go away from the car.

Learn more at our Orlando Toyota Parts Center!

If you're looking to learn more about car parts and how they all come together to make your car work - visit our Toyota Parts Center in Orlando! We're located at 3575 Vineland Road, just off of I-4 near the Millenia Mall.


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