The modern car is nothing short of a miracle!
Just think about it, all of those thousands and thousands of parts, all working in complete harmony to ensure that when you get in and turn the key, the engine fires the first time, ready to take you from A to B, helping you arrive at your destination safely and as quickly as the law allows!
Sometimes we take for granted the brilliance of the internal combustion engine. All those years ago, those clever auto engineers of yore came up with this invention which certainly changed the world more than many others have.
But the car is so much more than just an engine. Sure, that's important but what about other bits and bobs that all form part of modern vehicles.?
And then there are the tools needed to help fix vehicles when things do go wrong. And things will go wrong.
So this quiz has a double attack on your auto knowledge. Let's see how much you know about car parts and the engine, in particular. But we will also test your knowledge of the tools a mechanic needs to do the job properly. Some questions are easy. Others will have you scratching your head! Just take your time and see how you do.
An auto shop must-have, a torque wrench will help you tighten bolts to just the right level.
The rim of the each wheel holds a tire. Should you go through a pothole, you can severely damage them.
The sparkplug is provided with an electrical pulse that enables it to make a spark. This ignites the air/fuel mixture in the engine which allows for combustion.
The connecting rod is what keeps the piston connected to the crankshaft.
A useful tool to help loosen very tight bolts. This should be kept in your garage.
If unsure which oil to use when performing an oil change, always check your car manual or phone the dealer to ask.
A feeler gauge is necessary for installing new spark plugs and setting the plug gap. If this is wrong, the engine won't run efficiently.
Keeping your tires inflated correctly not only is the safe thing to do but your car will also be more fuel efficient.
Along with the struts or springs in your vehicle, shock absorbers are an important part of the suspension system.
The crankshaft produces a rotational motion which, in turn, helps turn the driveshaft and then the wheels.
A turning crankshaft will turn a driveshaft which then turns the axle and the wheels attached to them
No self-respecting auto mechanic should be without a screwdriver! They can be used for anything, but mostly fro turning screws!
If your vehicle is suffering from electrical problems, an electrical continuity tester is a must. It will help determine if an electrical current is getting from one point to another which then can isolate a damaged wire, for example.
Pistons move within a cylinder. Each engine has a certain number of cylinders. For example, an inline-6 engine has six cylinders
The exhaust system removes the gases produced during the engine combustion process out the tailpipe of the vehicle.
Your car's wheels are connected to the axle which is rotated by the driveshaft. The rotating axle then turns the wheels of the car.
When the back axle is turned by the driveshaft, the vehicle is a rear-wheel drive.
It's not a garage necessity but it does make removing your oil filter much easier.
Need to test how much charge your battery is holding? A battery hydrometer will tell you. Although certainly not a necessity, it is a nice bit of kit for your motorcycle toolbox.
Working within the confines of an engine can mean you drop little pieces (think screws and small nuts). A telescopic magnetic pick-up can get into hard-to-reach places and pick them up.
Each arrangement for cylinders within an engine has its unique pros and cons.
The piston, moving within the cylinder is what creates compression of the air/fuel mixture which is then combusted and burns away to provide power.
An important part of the drive system on a car, the differential allows for wheels to rotate at different speeds on the axle, for instance, when turning around a corner.
V8 engines are powerful and a favorite of muscle car enthusiasts. Most of the famed muscle cars of the '60s and '70s used V8 engines. V8 engines have eight cylinders arranged in a V.
A gasket scraper may be necessary when replacing various gaskets, especially if they have stuck to the metal where they form a seal.
The perfect way to loosen and tighten bolts - the impact gun!
Fuses often blow and could mean that your brake lights or turn indicators do not work. Always keep a few handy and replace them yourself.
A boxer engine has horizontally opposed pistons. This engine type is found in some Porsche models and in BMW motorcycles.
Cars without fuel injection have a carburetor which ensures the right amount of fuel/air mix is combusted.
The radiator, normally positioned in front of the engine, is the reservoir that holds coolant. This is circulated through the engine when needed to keep it operating at the proper temperature.
The timing belt, linked to the crankshaft and camshaft, ensures that the engine fires at the right time. This keeps the valves and pistons in sync and means the engine operates at 100 percent efficiency.
When the car engine is not running, oil collects in the sump. To drain it, simply loosen a bolt and the oil will come pouring out.
A W16 engine comprises of four banks of cylinders in a W configuration. The Bugatti Veyron makes use of the W16 engine which produces 1,000 brake horsepower.
Although not a necessity (you could use a large plastic container), a draining pan is the best way to catch the oil running out of a sump.
A utility knife is a useful tool to have in your toolbox. It can perform many tasks.
Some suspension types include the double wishbone.
Vehicles have many different types of fasteners, some of them Allen key bits. A 6-in-1 Allen key is most likely to have all the sizes you might come across.
A turbocharger increases engine performance by pushing cooled air into the engine, which allows it to burn more fuel, thus producing more power.
A catalytic converter helps to ensure your car's emissions are within legal limits. It does this by burning excess fuel and other chemicals.
A one cylinder engine is the basic form of a gasoline engine. It is found in scooters, small motorcycles or auto rickshaws, for example.