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Common names for car parts in Nigerian local spares market



Nigerians usually have a culture of renaming things in their own way. When you go to the local spare parts markets, you will hear names of some parts that have no semblance with their original names but many Nigerians still know the parts immediately they are mentioned by those Nigerian names.

There are lots of modern shops where you can easily order parts by mentioning the correct names of those parts. The intention for this post is to help buyers to understand the language of parts sellers who are in the local markets.

I will list the parts with their original names and their Nigerian equivalent name and we will continue to update the list.

S/N Original parts name Nigerian name
1. Catalytic Converter Indomi
'2. Throttle body Throttle mouth or injector mouth
3. Coolant temperature sensor Cold start
4. Oxygen sensor Exhaust plug
Engine control unit Brain box
6. Automatic transmission clutch Fibre
7. Suspension bushes Bushing
8. Injector Nozzle
9. Cooling system expa sion tank Radiator reservoir
10. Mass Air Flow sensor (MAF) Air flow meter<
11. Crankshaft Position sensor (CKP) Starting sensor
12. HID Bulb White light bulb
13. Idle stabilization valve Slow sensor
14. Alien key L and K
15. Anti-lock brake Automatic brake
16. Strut Spring and shock
17. Muffler Exhaust pot
18. Check engine light (CEL) Yellow light
19. Window switch Tapping glass
20. Wheel speed sensor Leg sensor
21. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) Gearbox oil
22. Fog lamps Extra light
23. Fairly used part Tokumbo part
24. Manifold Absolute Pressure sensor (MAP) Airflow meter

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