cam follower

The unit that contacts the end of the valve stem and the camshaft. The follower rides on the camshaft and when the cam lobes move it upward, it opens the valve. Also called "valve lifter" or "tappet."

Dictionary of automotive terms. 2015.

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  • CAM — /kam/, n. computer aided manufacturing. [1965 70] * * * Machine component that either rotates or reciprocates (moves back and forth) to create a prescribed motion in a contacting element (the follower). Since the shape of the contacting surface… …   Universalium

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