Quiz: Do You Really Know Engine Parts? Prove It With This Test!
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Do You Really Know Engine Parts? Prove It With This Test!
By: Robin Tyler
Image: Getty Images via Marin Tomas

About This Quiz

Remove your car's engine and you aren't going anywhere!

With a faulty engine, a car is useless, unless you can convince people to push you everywhere. But let's be serious. Car engines consist of thousands of parts, all working in unison to transfer the power the engine makes into energy that makes your car move.

How did they manage to figure that all out over 100 years ago when the first engines were made? It's incredible, if you think about it.

But all those working parts not only need to work in perfect harmony to make an engine run. They must do so efficiently as well. An engine that isn't running properly is just going to cost you money somewhere down the line.

So just how much do you know about the internal combustion engine and car engines, in particular? Do you know your exhaust manifolds from your mufflers, your oil pump from your fuel pump or your spark plug from your glow plug?

You do? Then this is the quiz for you! Be warned, however, it's a tough one.

So take your time and let's see how well you do.

Good luck. You can do this! 

1 of 35
Without this vital engine part, your car is not starting. What is it?
3 of 35
This part of your engine produces the spark that leads to the combustion necessary to make the engine run. What is it?
4 of 35
What is another name for a rotary engine?
5 of 35
What connects the spark plugs to the distributor cap and ignition coil?
6 of 35
What burns within the engine to keep the combustion process going and the engine running?
7 of 35
What part of the engine turns the motion of the pistons (linear) into a rotational motion?
8 of 35
Which of these parts moves within the cylinder?
9 of 35
Name the part that turns the engine over during the startup process?
10 of 35
What is the purpose of the oil that travels around your engine while the car is running?
11 of 35
Name the part of your engine that connects the piston to the crankshaft?
13 of 35
What can the engine block also be known as?
14 of 35
Which of these is not an engine type?
15 of 35
Which of these is an engine type available in modern vehicles?
16 of 35
By what other name is a horizontally opposed engine known? These are found in some Porsche models.
17 of 35
Name the engine part that ensures the air coming into the engine that forms part of the combustion process is clean and debris-free.
18 of 35
Can you name the engine part that allows the gas/air mixture to come into the cylinder?
21 of 35
Do you know the name of the part of your engine that charges the battery while the car is driving?
22 of 35
Which of these parts is found only on a diesel-powered vehicle?
24 of 35
Name the engine part often abbreviated as SOHC.
25 of 35
What part of the engine opens and closes the valves?
27 of 35
This tiny part helps keep the piston pin in place. Name it, please.
28 of 35
Which of these parts will spray gas into each cylinder?
29 of 35
Since the​ 1980s, fuel injection systems have replaced which other part of the engine?
30 of 35
Which of these parts takes the gas from the gas tank to the engine?
31 of 35
Do you have any idea as to which engine part moves oil around the engine?
32 of 35
Can you identify the part of the engine that moves gasoline around?
34 of 35
What part of the vehicle removes the gases produced by the combustion of the gas/air mixture?
35 of 35
Can you name the engine part that helps regulate the temperature of the engine?
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