Can You Name All of These Engine Parts from One Sentence and Photo?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

Without them, your car simply won't go anywhere!

A car engine provides the necessary power, which when fed through the transmission and to the differential, makes a car move! And those auto engineers who more than a century ago managed to make this all work were nothing short of geniuses. 

Just think about it. All those parts of the engine, needing to work in perfect harmony for an engine to run properly but also efficiently. How did they even manage to come up with the design of a combustion engine? Clever engineers, of that there is no doubt.

Now, how clever are you when it comes to naming engine parts? Do you fancy yourself a winner in that regard? It's not easy because they are so many. Some are easy to see and name thanks to the fact they are on the outside of the engine. But what about the inner workings? Do you know all the parts that help make an engine run? Without these supporting parts, the engine wouldn't even start.

Well, in this quiz we will show you an image of a part and see if you can name it. Up for the challenge? We thought you were!

Good luck!

This allows the fuel/air mixture into the cylinder of the engine.

This part is essential to how your engine runs. It allows the fuel/air mixture into the cylinder of the engine where it will combust, prompting the engine to run. It does this by evenly distributing the air/fuel mixture to the intake ports.

Major parts of the engine are found here, including the piston, crankshaft and cylinders.

Cast out of metal, the engine block houses most of the inner workings of the engine, including the crankshaft, pistons and cylinders.

This removes impurities from the engine lubricant.

Oil keeps all the moving parts of an engine lubricated. An oil filter helps to remove impurities that build up in the oil that might damage the engine.

This helps to keep the piston pin in place.

Secured on both sides, the piston pin clip keeps the piston pin in place.

These open and close in sequence to let the air/fuel mixture into the engine and open to let gasses out once combustion has taken place.

The valves within an engine open and close in sequence to let the air and fuel mixture in. They then seal when combustion takes place and let out the gases produced.

This controls the intake of the air/fuel mixture into the engine.

Located on the cylinder head, this valve is driven by the camshaft.

Without this circular object, the engine will not run efficiently and will lose power.

This ring helps to form a seal with the cylinder wall within the engine.

This is part of the ignition system and helps each spark plug fire at the right time.

This makes sure the spark plugs fire in the right order, necessary for smooth operation.

Crank vibrations are stopped by this part.

This counterweighted engine shaft helps offset unwanted crankshaft vibrations.

This forms the mechanical link between the piston and crankshaft.

This part connects the piston to the crankshaft, transferring the power of combustion into mechanical force.

Bolted to the cylinder head, this protects engine components.

This protective cover is also called a "cam cover" or sometimes a "timing cover."

This part helps keep things moving smoothly between various components and comes in different sizes.

A bearing reduces friction between components within the engine.

This part helps to raise certain devices in the engine.

This helps to maintain zero valve clearance using hydraulic oil pressure.

This part allows the correct amount of air/fuel mixture into the engine.

This controls the amount of air and fuel entering the engine.

This part regulates when coolant is pumped into the engine from the radiator.

A thermostat ensures that coolant is only pumped from the radiator once the engine has warmed up sufficiently.

These connect the spark plugs to the distributor and carry the spark along them.

High tension leads carry the high voltage necessary for the spark plugs to fire, igniting the air/fuel mixture in the cylinders.

This part includes a set of teeth.

A sprocket is a wheel with a set of teeth on the outer circumference. It drives items like the timing chain or belt.

This pulley is sometimes referred to as a harmonic balancer.

This pulley is bolted to the crankshaft. It helps reduce the vibration caused by its rotation.

This is also often called a cylinder sleeve.

This hollow tube fits into the cylinder bore within the engine, giving it a measure of protection.

Piston pins are also sometimes called this.

A wrist or piston pin (or gudgeon pin in the U.K.) connects a piston to a connecting rod, allowing it to pivot when the piston moves.

After combustion takes place within the engine, the gasses left over escape the car through this system.

The exhaust manifold, catalytic converter and muffler are all parts of the exhaust system.

This part of the engine is the reservoir where oil is stored.

This is the reservoir where the oil used to lubricate the engine sits when it is not running.

This part, which moves vital elements within the engine, is also called a cam follower.

This helps lift the valves within the engine, opening and closing them when needed.

This moves lubricant through the engine to prevent friction.

The oil pump circulates oil through the engine under pressure to lubricate the moving parts. It also helps with cooling the engine.

Only found in turbocharged engines, this reduces the temperature of the air.

Reducing the temperature of the air entering the turbocharger makes it denser, thus creating more power.

This system helps to start the engine by generating a spark that causes the air/fuel mixture within the combustion chamber to ignite.

The battery, ignition coil and spark plugs are all elements of the ignition system.

This small device determines the rate of lubricant consumption within the cylinders of the engine.

Found under the umbrella of the piston rings, the oil control ring makes sure the correct amount of oil is used in the engine's cylinders.

This part is filled with an element on the periodic table.

This valve helps things keep cool by letting the sodium within melt at high temperatures. This has a cooling effect.

This part supplies gas to the engine.

A fuel pump makes sure fuel gets from the area where it is stored (the fuel tank) to the engine where it is ignited to help propulsion.

Without these, a vehicle cannot start.

Spark plugs provide the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture which starts the motor and keeps it running.

Found between the crankshaft and the engine block.

The main bearings are between the crankshaft and the block. The crankshaft rotates on these bearings.

This is a piece of rubber, with teeth, that helps the engine run in the most efficient manner.

Made of rubber, the timing belt rides on sprockets. Its purpose is to help the cylinder fire at the right time.

When the fuel/air mixture is burned within the engine, it is released into the exhaust system through this part.

It is essential for all the gasses created by the combustion process to be released into the exhaust system. This valve does that.

These connect two vital elements to the top of the engine.

Also called head bolts, these secure a cylinder head and its gasket to the engine block.

This turns the engine over and begins your journey.

When you turn the key of your car, the starter motor begins the combustion process by rotating the engine through the first part of its cycle.

This reservoir holds water and coolant.

Radiators are crucial in ensuring that an engine runs at an optimal temperature, cycling water and coolant through it when needed.

This gadget makes a vehicle go much faster.

In simple terms, a turbocharger pushes more air into the engine, which in turn creates more power as more fuel is burned.

This is another name for a harmonic damper.

The main purpose of this part is to help prevent vibrations caused by the rotation of the crankshaft.

When coolant freezes, this plug ensures that pressure is relieved.

The expansion plug expands when coolant freezes, which is often the case in cold climates. They are also called core plugs, frost plugs or freeze plugs.

The rotation of this piece of the engine is crucial in a car moving.

When fuel burns in the engine, it pushes the pistons which, in turn, rotate the crankshaft. This causes the vehicle to move.

This piece of the engine moves in an up-and-down motion within a cylinder.

A piston is attached to a connecting rod. It moves up and down in a cylinder, turning the crankshaft.

Scrubs the atmospheric gasses entering the engine.

An air filter ensures the air entering the engine, which is used during the combustion process, is kept clean and free of any particles that may damage the engine.

This is a storage reservoir for a lubricating liquid.

This is the reservoir where the oil used to lubricate the engine sits when it is not running.

This engine part is often abbreviated to SOHC.

This type of engine has one camshaft. It opens and closes the exhaust and intake valves.

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