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Car Engine Quiz!
by Staff
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How savvy are you about how your car engine works? Take this HowStuffWorks quiz to find out.

Many people know very little about how their car engine works. Other than the benefit of pushing on the gas and making the vehicle go vroom, unless the "check engine" light comes on, most of us are blissfully ignorant about what makes things work under the hood. But, as "simple" as the combustion engine is, there is actually quite a bit going on at the front of your car every time you turn the key.

As much as you'd like to believe that it's that expensive fuel that makes your car move, it's actually air. Yup, that's right, your car is powered by air. Air is pulled into the engine where it mixes with gasoline. The mixture is ignited by a spark, and the whole thing explodes. Don't worry, this is a controlled explosion that forces the engine pistons down and into the crankshaft. The crankshaft turns, which makes the transmission spin, which, in turn, makes the driveshaft turn. All that spinning and turning makes it to the wheels, and the car moves. See, that is a lot.

Think you've got the mechanical smarts to ace this quiz? Let's find out!

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Welcome to Autoversed: your online auto destination. If you consider a vehicle more than just means of transportation; if you treat your ride with love and care; if, even after years of driving, the feeling of accelerating hard on the open road still gets you revved up – you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re a daily commuter looking for a reliable ride, a car enthusiast thinking about your next hot rod, or a parent who needs to get the kids from A to Z, Autoversed has something for you. We’ve got the lowdown on hot exotic rides, pricy luxury vehicles, eco-friendly green machines, rugged off-roaders, and more. Come take a look!