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The ABCs of Your Car Interior: 30 Basic Parts You Should Learn About

Car Interior - 30 Basic Parts Of The Inside Of A Car
Car Interior - 30 Basic Parts Of The Inside Of A Car

The interior of a car has some basic parts that every car owner should know about since it will be easier to style it if you know what they are and their functions. Use this guide to help you get started and browse CarFanzy for accessories that you can get to style your car.

Table of Contents

Names of Car Interior Parts

  • Dashboard

Right in front of the driver’s seat is the dashboard. It shows the odometer, fuel gauge, and speedometer, as well as the car’s controls.

  • Steering Wheel

A steering wheel, often known as the driver’s wheel, is a steering control that directs the movement of your vehicle. The rotating action of the steering wheel is transferred to swivelling movements of your car’s front wheel, which changes its direction. It also contains a horn that emits audible sounds to attract the attention of neighbouring vehicles and pedestrians.

  • Horn

The horn of a vehicle is situated in the centre of the driver’s steering wheel. When the driver depresses the horn, the energy is transferred outside the vehicle, resulting in a loud noise.

  • Sun Visor

The sun visor is a basic flat flap-like structure that is attached to the top of your windscreen, one on the left and one on the right. The sun visors are hinged to the glass and can be unfolded to keep harsh sunlight from reaching your eyes.

  • Windshield

The windshield, often known as the windscreen, is a big glass pane located in the front of the vehicle. While the windshield provides an outside view, the strong glass prevents dust, grime, and other undesired particles from entering the vehicle.

  • Floor Carpet

Dirt from our shoes can also accumulate within the automobile, resulting in an unsanitary environment and foul odour. The accumulation of dust and wetness within the interiors can be avoided with proper flooring.

  • Rear View Mirror

It’s a type of car interior element that allows the driver to see behind the vehicle through the back window. On trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles, one or more side-view mirrors supplement the rear-view mirror.

  • Side Mirror

A side mirror is a mirror positioned on the outside of a vehicle to help the driver view regions outside of his or her peripheral vision, such as the car’s rear and sides. A wing mirror is another name for it. To provide enough coverage to operators of varied heights and seating locations, side mirrors are used for manual or remote vertical and horizontal adjustments.

  • Glove or Storage Compartment

It’s a storage box built into a car’s dashboard that’s used for storing various items. It’s over the passenger’s footwell in the front seat. The glove box is another name for the glove compartment. The compartment’s name comes from the fact that it was designed to store driving gloves. They are rarely found in a box near the driver on the floorboard.

  • Beverage/Cup Holder

A cup or beverage holder is a gadget that can be used as a car restaurant table or a travel drink holder. They can be turned into cars or chairs, and they can be installed on the walls of planes, boats, buses, and trains. These are long-lasting, durable, and simple-to-use materials. It can be used to store drinks, snacks, and any other tiny items.

  • Seatbelt

The seatbelt, often known as a safety belt, is a component of an automobile that is made of high-tensile polyester or nylon filament yarn. To maintain a static motion, the driver and passenger wear their seatbelts around their chests. We travel at the same pace as the car when it is travelling. So, if the car collides, the abrupt change in motion combined with the force of inertia causes a powerful jerk that can injure us. When we buckle up, the flexibility of the seatbelt absorbs the forceful jerk, keeping our heads from hitting hard surfaces around.

  • Power Window/Door Lock Controls

Power windows are car windows that can be opened and closed with the use of buttons. Ford Motor Company was the first to introduce power windows in 1941. The first automobiles with power windows were the Lincoln Custom and Packard Custom Super 180. The typical manual handle has been replaced by a motorised window.

  • Ignition

The ignition system is where the car key is inserted to start the engine. It’s on the dashboard, underneath the steering wheel. When you turn the key on, a low-voltage current passes through an ignition coil, amplifying it and sending it to the automobile battery.

  • Brake Pedal

The braking mechanism in modern cars is controlled by a pedal on the floor to the left of the accelerator pedal. When the driver presses it, the brakes are applied, forcing the car to slow down and/or stop. To apply the brakes, you must use your right foot to impart force to the pedal.

  • Clutch Pedal

Clutches are recognizable to anybody who has ever driven a car. Only cars with manual transmissions have a clutch pedal. It’s on the left side of the brake pedal, on the floor. When the driver depresses it, the clutch closes, putting a halt to the passage of power from the engine to the transmission. When it’s released, all it does is send power through the transmission.

  • Gas Pedal

The gas pedal is another name for the accelerator pedal. It may be found on the right side of the floor. It regulates the amount of gas put into the engine and, as a result, the vehicle’s speed. While your car is accelerating, slowly press the gas pedal.

  • Emergency/Parking Brake

The emergency brake, sometimes known as the handbrake, is a handed lever for immediate braking that is positioned on the car’s centre console. It is made up of a cable that is connected to the two-wheel brake and then to a pulling mechanism. The parking brake prevents the vehicle from rolling forward or backwards while parked.

  • Gear Shift

The gear shift, often known as the gear stick is around a knob-stick that is situated beside the passenger seat and is used to change ratios while driving. To shift to a different gear, you must push the gear knob in one of several directions.

  • Handbrake

The handbrake, often known as an emergency brake or a parking brake, is located directly behind the gear shift. When the engine is turned off, it keeps the car still and stable. Pulling up on the handbrake tightens a cable that squeezes your car’s brake pads and keeps it in place.

  • Speedometer

A speedometer is a device on your car’s dashboard that measures the speed at which your vehicle is going. The speedometer’s precision is due to a speed sensor in the transmission that assists the speedometer in determining how fast the car’s wheels are spinning.

  • Odometer

The odometer, which is mounted on the dashboard, shows how far your car has travelled. A traditional odometer calculates the precise distance travelled by your car by counting the number of wheel rotations.

  • Fuel Guage

A fuel gauge is a dashboard instrument that displays the quantity of petrol left in your car’s fuel tank. The fuel gauge is coupled to a sender, which is attached to a ‘float’ in the fuel tank that floats on the fuel. The amount of current that goes through the sender is determined by the level of the foam float, which in turn influences the readings on the fuel gauge.

  • Rev Counter

Between the fuel gauge and the speedometer is the rev counter. Its purpose is to show the number of revolutions or the up-and-down motion of the conrods and pistons in your car. The rev count for a typical passenger automobile engine should be around 600 rpm.

  • Turn Signal Indicator

All four corners of the vehicle are fitted with turn signal lights. These signals normally display inside an automobile as green arrows pointing in the direction of the impending turn. The turn signal lever can be positioned on the left side of the steering wheel in some automobiles. Pushing the lever to the right signifies a right turn while moving it to the left indicates a left turn.

  • Driver’s Seat

The driver’s seat in a car cabin is where the driver sits, directly in front of the steering wheel, in order to maintain control over the moving vehicle.

  • Passenger’s Seat

The passenger (the person who is not driving the automobile) sits in one of three passenger seats in a typical Indian passenger car. The front passenger seat is located next to the driver’s seat, and the other two seats are fixed as back passengers.

  • Air Bags

An airbag is a component of a car’s interior that employs a bag that expands quickly and then deflates swiftly in the event of a collision. Airbag cushions, a flexible fabric bag, an inflation module, and an impact sensor are all part of it. The function of airbags is to give soft cushioning and control to the occupants of the car in the event of an accident. It lowers injuries caused by the flailing occupant colliding with the vehicle’s interior.

  • Vehicle Audio

Vehicle audio is an important component of a car’s interior, providing in-car entertainment and information to passengers. It came with a rudimentary AM radio in the early 1950s. FM radio, 8-track tape players, cassette players, record players, CD players, DVD players, Blu-ray players, navigation systems,  and smartphone controls like as CarPlay and Android Auto were available as technology advanced.

  • Air Ventilation

Nowadays, almost all vehicles have air conditioning. It’s also referred to as an air conditioner. It is usually available in two forms. The air conditioning system recirculates the air within the car for cooling purposes in the air recirculation method. The Fresh air method involves opening an air duct in the front of the vehicle to allow outside air inside the vehicle. Both modes have advantages and disadvantages.

  • Ventilation Controls

The driver’s control panel determines whether the automobile is heated or cooled. Through ventilation holes at the right locations, the ventilation blower either sends cold air from the A/C or warm air from the engine cooling medium to the automobile interior.

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