An engine is only the sum of its parts, but the odds are good that you don’t know them all! Engines are some of the most technologically interesting machines on the planet. They’re the result of years of invention, innovation and mastery. You ride in your car every day without realizing the amazing process that’s happening right under the hood.
Camshafts, intake valves, combustion chambers, valve springs, cylinder heads... you get the point. Your internal combustion engine is the heart of your vehicle, but the parts are the veins, arteries, muscles and bones that keep the thing moving. Whether you want to test your knowledge because you’re bored at work or you want to make sure that you’re really up to snuff, this quiz is going to give you the ride of your life.
Do cars have more than one piston and valve? Does increasing the number of pistons automatically give you more power?
You want to know your engine parts — because you’re a person with an inquisitive mind, a desire to understand your vehicle and an honest-to-goodness need for speed.
Fun fact: A cannon is really just a simple type of combustion engine. The cannonball is packed into the cannon, along with gunpowder. When you light the gunpowder, it creates gas and pressure, and the cannonball flies. See how fascinating this stuff is? Let’s do this!