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Instrument Panel
The instrument panel contains the gauges in front of the driver; the controls for the sound system and climate-control system; the glove box; vents for the windshield defroster; and the front passenger-side airbag. The instrument panel is often delivered to the factory as a complete module with electronic components already installed.
Instrumentation
Digital and/or analog displays used to convey to the driver information such as dynamic engine parameters operating conditions RPM speed and water temperature.
Instrumented testing
The analysis of a vehicles performance characteristics using precise scientific equipment.
Insulator
Aftermarket automotive manufacture specializing in Under hood and interior insulation
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Sister organization to the Highway Loss Data Institute. Funded by insurance companies.
Insurance Verification
Proof that the borrower has auto insurance.
Intake filter
An?intake filter?traps and holds airborne debris before it enters your engine. By stopping the enginekilling crud before it enters your combustion chambers intake filters are essential for engine longevity.
Intake manifold
The?intake manifold?supplies your engine?s cylinders with the air/fuel mixture required for proper combustion. It controls the critical function of delivering the combustion mixture evenly to all cylinders.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs
Aftermarket automotive manufacture specializing in Performance shocks and springs
Integrated Child Seats
May also be called integrated child-safety seats or integrated child-restraint seats. Built-in child seats that fold out of the seatback of a rear seat. Sedans with this option usually have one in the center of the rear seat; minivans may have one or two in the middle seating positions. While NHTSA and every other safety organization stress that any child-restraint seat is better than none built-in child-restraint seats are considered the safest alternative because they are more securely anchored than a seat attached to seat belts.
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Integrated turn signal
A turn signal light that is mounted on or in a vehicles sideview mirror.
Intelligent alternator
An alternator that operates primarily when the engine has no need for power i.e. when coasting or during braking. The alternator remains passive while the vehicle is under power with needed electrical power provided by the battery for the purpose of improving the vehicles fuel efficiency.
Intelligent car
A vehicle that employs the latest in telemetrics driver awareness and/or pedestrian safety technology.
Intercomp
Aftermarket automotive manufacture specializing in Racing scales and equipment
Intercooler
Device that cools air as it leaves a turbocharger or supercharger before the air is blown into the engine air intake. Cooling makes the air denser and richer in oxygen which lets the engine produce more power.

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