Quiz: The Ultimate Engine Quiz
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The Ultimate Engine Quiz
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

A car without an engine is pretty useless, isn't it? Unless you have someone to push! But let's be a little more serious. The engine on your car is nothing short of an engineering miracle. So many parts all working in perfect unison. And their sole aim? Convert the power your engine produces into energy. And in that way, you have a mode of transport that can get you from A to B. Those parts need to work in perfect harmony to make your engine purr. But that's not all that is expected of them. They need to work efficiently as well. Why? Well, an engine that doesn't run properly is just going to get worse over time. And you know what that means. A debit to your bank balance in the future.

But 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? If car engines are your thing, then this is the quiz for you! Do you think you can beat the chasing pack and take the checkered flag first in the ultimate engine quiz?

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Of these options below, which one brings the fuel to the engine?
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Identify the car part that connects the spark plugs to the distributor.
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All of the electrics on a car are powered by which part below?
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This engine part is often abbreviated to SOHC.
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Name the part that connects the piston to the crankshaft, please.
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Piston pins are also sometimes called this.
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From below, name the part found on the cylinder head of the engine.
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Name the engine part found between the crankshaft the engine block.
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An essential part of the engine, this helps to keep the lubricating liquid as clean as possible.
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Can you identify the part that gets gas from the tank to the engine?
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Turn the key and this vital car part springs into life. What is it?
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The _________ allows the fuel/air mixture into the cylinder through the intake ports.
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Identify the engine part from the list below. It connects a range of other parts including one that rotates.
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Which engine part helps to regulate temperature within the engine?
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Which part listed below opens and closes within the inner workings of the engine?
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Which of these is found only in turbocharged engines? Essentially, it cools the air compressed by the turbocharger.
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Without this complex system, your car won't start.
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This small part of your engine makes sure the piston remains in place.
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This circular part forms a seal with the cylinder wall. Can you name it?
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When the fuel/air mixture is burned within the engine, it is released into the exhaust system through the _______?
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This counterweighted engine shaft helps offset unwanted crankshaft vibrations. Do you know what it is?
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Name the part listed here that would only be found in a diesel engine.
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This part helps to reduce friction between various components and comes in different sizes.
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Which of these parts mentioned here help boost car performance?
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Found throughout your engine, this part has teeth!
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Of these parts below, which moves in an up and down motion within the cylinder?
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Where is oil stored when the engine is not running?
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Dirty gas can ruin your engine. This helps prevent it.
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When coolant freezes, this ensures that pressure is relieved by expanding. What is it?
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This small part controls the rate of oil consumption within the cylinders of the engine. Can you name it?
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Bolted to the cylinder head, this creates a protective cover. What is it called?
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This part is filled with an element on the periodic table. Name it, please.
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Also commonly called a sleeve in engine lingo, can you name this part?
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Without these, the car won't start. What part are we talking about?
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The air entering the engine must be clean before it takes part in the combustion process. This does the job of cleaning it.
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