Quiz: Can You Ace This Engine Quiz in 7 Minutes?
Can You Ace This Engine Quiz in 7 Minutes?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Your car engine is made up of many, many parts. If one fails, chances are that your car is not moving!

So how does it all work? Well, the engine provides the power. This is fed through the transmission, either manual or automatic, to the differential which, in turn, will turn the wheels of the car. Sounds simple enough but it isn't, really. How those engineers worked this all out all those years ago still boggles the mind, don't you think?

All those parts have to work in perfect harmony. Pistons moving, valves opening at the right time, spark plugs firing at the right instance, gasses moved out of the engine. One little problem, and the engine might still run, but not efficiently.

So let's get onto the task at hand. In this quiz, you will be given a description of a car part and a brief idea of what it does in the engine. From that, you will have to identify it from four choices. Seems simple enough, right? Well, some are pretty simple but what about the inner workings? Do you know all the parts that help make an engine run or the supporting parts, without which the engine wouldn't even start?
Up for the challenge? Good!

Let's see how you do!

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Name the part of the engine that moves up and down within one of the cylinders.
2 of 35
All major engine parts are found here.
3 of 35
This plays an important part in starting your engine. Name it.
4 of 35
Identify the part that moves coolant through the engine when it's hot.
5 of 35
Gasses that form as a result of the burning of the fuel/air mixture are released into the exhaust system through this. What is it called?
6 of 35
Oil, an engine lubricant, is stored here while the engine is not running.
7 of 35
What is the name of the protective piece bolted to the cylinder head?
8 of 35
Unwanted crankshaft vibrations are stopped by this engine shaft which is counter weighted. It is called a ___________________.
9 of 35
The amount of air/fuel mixture taken into the engine is controlled by this part.
10 of 35
Identify the part that helps keep impurities out of the lubricant that moves around the engine.
11 of 35
In older engines without fuel injection, this part controls the amount of fuel/air entering the engine.
12 of 35
Can you name the part of the ignition system that makes sure the spark plugs fire in the right order?
13 of 35
This engine part is often abbreviated to SOHC.
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This part connects the piston to the crankshaft.
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Also known as the sleeve, the piston moves near this part and it fits in the cylinder bore.
16 of 35
These fasteners secure the cylinder head to the engine block.
17 of 35
Moving pistons rotate this part, which ultimately leads​ to the vehicle moving. Name the part, please.
18 of 35
The 'brain' of the engine, this measures many variables to see that everything is performing properly.
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This ensures lubricant flows through the engine so that all moving parts move easily. What is it?
20 of 35
Without this part, the engine won't turn over when you turn the key.
21 of 35
This engine part, not found in all cars, gives the car far more bang for its buck! Any ideas what it is?
22 of 35
Air entering the engine is a crucial part of the combustion process and this part makes sure it is clean.
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By opening and closing in a certain sequence, these parts allow the air/fuel mixture into the cylinder and the gasses out once combustion has taken place. Name them, please.
24 of 35
These connect the spark plugs to the distributor. What are they?
25 of 35
Name the part that lets air into the engine to mix with fuel.
26 of 35
This moves the propellant that drives the engine from the storage area to where it is needed for combustion.
27 of 35
Identify the reservoir that stores coolant that keeps the engine operating at the right temperature, please.
28 of 35
Fuel entering the engine must be clean. This ensures it is.
29 of 35
In a nutshell, this makes the air entering a turbocharged engine cooler.
30 of 35
This part helps to reduce friction between various components and comes in different sizes.
31 of 35
This part includes a set of teeth.
33 of 35
Name the small ring that controls the rate of oil consumption within the engine's cylinders.
34 of 35
Identify a belt with teeth that helps ensure the engine runs efficiently .
35 of 35
Name the lever that moves when the pushrod within the engine moves.
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