Do Your Automotive Skills Stack Up to World Famous Car Experts?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Do you know your valves from your intakes?

What about your spark plugs from your glow plugs, your gasoline from your bio-fuel, your diesel from your gasoline, your coolant from your brake fluid and your power steering from your driveshaft?

If you have even a clue as to what we are talking about, you might just be one of those 'world famous' car experts, ready to ace our automotive skills quiz. 

Were you good in auto shop at school? Well, then you stand every chance of crossing the finish line in first place with the checkered flag waving in the breeze just for you.

Rest assured, however, you won't have it all your own way! In this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of engines, suspensions, exhaust systems, pistons, valves, cylinders and just about every other car component. 

So don't idle! Let's get those revs up and see how you fare! A simple image and a few clues are all you have. Will it help separate the know-it-alls from the know-nothings?

Let's see where you end up! Good luck, take your time, trust your grey matter and you should be fine! Aim for 100 percent. You can do it! 

The oils and moisture found in your fingers will shorten the life of a halogen bulb when touched.

To replace a spark plug, simply open the hood and loosen it using a plug spanner.

The air entering the cabin through the climate control system is first filtered to help remove any particles and impurities. The air filter which does this is often found behind the glove box.

Always ask the driver as to what he/she has experienced while driving the vehicle and exactly why they have brought it in.

As the dirty oil has been running through the car's oil filter, a brand new one should be installed when an oil change is made.

Gasoline passes through the fuel filter in your vehicle before it is burnt with the air mixture. This removes impurities that may prevent the engine from running at its optimal level.

The shock absorber helps to absorb the bumps as your vehicle travels on a road, making the ride more comfortable

Often the first part of a braking system to be replaced, the brake pads wear down as they are brought into contact with the brake disc when the brakes are applied to slow a car down.

The exhaust manifold is the link between the engine and the exhaust system which ends in the tailpipe.

The manifold is connected to all cylinders to allow the gases produced in the combustion process to escape out of the engine, down the exhaust and out the tailpipe.

If the wheel alignment of a vehicle is out, it will pull to one side. If not fixed, the tires will wear unevenly.

A spongy brake pedal means only one thing - air in the brake system.

The power steering system is a hydraulic system that requires the correct level of power steering fluid. If this is low, the power steering on your vehicle might stop working altogether.

When the brake is applied, brake pads will push onto the brake disk which, in turn, slows the turning wheels of a car.

A strut forms part of the suspension. Like a shock absorber, it helps to make the ride smoother.

Most states in the America require a tire tread of no less than 2/32 of an inch. Anything less is in violation of the law.

Car maintenance is an ongoing thing. If owners do not look after their vehicles, things like dirty battery terminals can wreak havoc.

The alternator is failing and not generating enough power for the electrical systems in your car. If you notice a burning smell, then this is definitely the problem.

A common reason for a misfiring engine is a clogged fuel filter. Replacing the filter should correct the problem.

The most likely cause of the problem is a clogged fuel injector, especially since the check engine light is not on.

When a car runs too rich, too much fuel is pumped in with air and not all of it is burned during combustion. This causes black smoke to come out of the exhaust.

Glowplugs are used in the startup process of a diesel-powered car. They get hot, heating the engine to help it start easier.

Sometimes, a car might simply run low on transmission fluid and that can cause all kinds of gearbox problems.

Tires should be rotated very 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This helps to get the maximum effect out of them.

A crankshaft is essential in starting the rotational motion that will drive the driveshaft, axle and then the wheels.

A car battery should be 12.6 V when fully charged.

You need to put the right viscosity oil in your vehicle. If unsure, check with the manufacturer.

Having coolant in your car is very important. This is released into the engine to keep it running at the proper temperature so it doesn't overheat.

This protects the internal parts of the distributor.

To keep engines running as efficiently as possible, a computer, called the engine control module, ensures the park plugs fire at the perfect time.

Pistons are the very heart of an engine. Without them, it simply won't run.

Intake brings the air/fuel mix into the combustion chamber, where it is compressed and combusts, providing power. The exhaust gases are then removed.

Diesel is the propellant that generates more torque than any other.

The cylinder block houses the cylinders and the pistons inside them.

Without a functioning starter motor, your vehicle will not start

The timing belt helps to ensure that the valves open and close in time with the movement of the pistons.

The exhaust valve is important because it allows the gases formed during combustion out of the engine.

This valve lets air into the engine, where it is burned with fuel.

A faulty thermostat is the likely cause of your problem. Have it checked out.

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