Quiz: Auto Mechanics 101: Are You a Car Expert?
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Auto Mechanics 101: Are You a Car Expert?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Cars are simply fascinating, aren't they?

Made from thousands and thousands of parts, they are getting more advanced every year. Particularly when it comes to the thing that makes them go from A to B. 

No, not a global positioning satellite system. The engine! 

Thanks to those mechanical and automotive geniuses over a century ago, we have some unbelievable pieces of machinery on the road today. And although they are much more complicated now, essentially the engine works in much the same way as it always has. 

So do you know your crankshaft from your cambelt? Your spark plug from your glowplug? Your exhaust manifold from your tailpipe? What about your connecting rods from your high tension leads? Do you know the difference? Could you answer a range of questions on auto mechanics, with a few curveballs about auto history thrown in?

Well, then you are in the right place. Make no mistake, this quiz is going to test your auto knowledge to the fullest. Just take your time, look at each answer and pick the right one ... hopefully!

Good luck, you going to need your wits about you and your gray matter in tip-top form! But we have faith! Let's go!

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What car part is depicted in this image?
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This warning light is shining from your car dashboard and will not go out. What should you check?
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Your vehicle won't start. It just turns over but won't fire. Name the part in this image you should check first.
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The man in the picture invented the internal combustion engine. Who is he?
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What part of the engine is shown in this image?
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When you turn the key in your ignition to start the car, what begins the whole process of combustion?
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The car part in the image is found in diesel engines only. What is it?
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What should you do if you see this light shining on your dashboard?
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Can you name this liquid, which is essential in lubricating the moving parts in your cars engine?
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The man pictured here is the founder of one of the most iconic American motoring brands, Chevrolet. Who was he?
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The vehicle part depicted here connects the distributor to the spark plugs. What is it called?
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Henry Ford once said that you could order the Model T in any color you want, as long as it was ______?
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The light in this image is glowing on your dashboard. What does it mean?
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Which part of the car holds the liquid that burns in your engine to help propel the car forward?
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How is gasoline transported from the gas tank to the engine?
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The car part pictured here is found at the end of the exhaust system. What is it called?
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The car part pictured here is the resorvoir that holds coolant for your engine. What is it called?
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Modern cars can be powered by motors powered by something other than gasoline. Pick another from the list below.
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The man in this image was the driving force behind Cadillac. What is his name?
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What type of engine do you find in the Mazda RX-7 which is very different from a regular gas engine?
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What is another name for a rotary engine?
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Your car is pouring thick white smoke out the tailpipe while running. What could it be?
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What does an engine with six cylinders produce more of than a four-cylinder engine?
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How many Ford Model T's were sold from 1908 to 1927?
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This car part helps turn the starter motor to start the engine of the car. What is it?
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Where is the camshaft in an overhead cam engine found in relation to the valves?
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What is it called when engine cylinders are arranged in a single bank?
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Modern vehicle engines are based on which early power plant?
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The engine stroke that lets fuel and air into the combustion chamber is called the ______ stroke.
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When the fuel/air mixture combusts, what is this stroke called?
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