How Many Car Parts Can You Actually Name?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Cars are loved the world over for their beauty, stance and good looks. Performance is also a critical factor in many people's decision to buy a car. All of these factors are as true today as they were 80 years ago.

What we often forget, however, is that cars are nothing without their internals bits. They not only contribute to that beauty and overall look but also to their performance at the end of the day.

Motor vehicles are made up of hundreds and thousands of parts, all working like clockwork and together to ensure that when you turn the key in your ignition, the car's engine fires and you can be on your merry way! If you think of it, it is nothing short of a miracle that early engineers had the brilliance to not only make an internal combustion engine work but also to get it to work in a vehicle. Indeed, the car is one of the greatest inventions ever created.

So let's test your knowledge about the many car parts found in these technological wonders. Would you be able to name a range of different car parts?

This quiz will see just how much you know.

Good luck.

Critical to starting your vehicle, what is this part called?

The battery is involved in the startup process of a vehicle. It feeds the starter motor so that it can turn over to start the engine.


This holds the piston, crankshaft and cylinders, all major parts of an engine.

The engine block is the lower section of the engine. It is cast out of metal and houses the crankshaft, pistons and cylinders.


Any ideas as to what this is called?

This brings gasoline from the gas tank to the engine, where it is burnt to aid propulsion.


This removes particles from the air entering your engine. Can you name it?

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.


Although not found on all cars, those that do have this vehicle part have a significantly increased performance. Do you know what it is?

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


Warning lights on your dashboard are to be looked into straight away should they start to shine. Which one is shown in this image?

This warning light is found on the dashboard of your vehicle. It will come on when there is a problem with the brake system on your vehicle.


Name this part only found on manual cars, please.

This steel cable connects the clutch linkage in the transmission to the clutch pedal. It is only found on a car with a manual transmission.


Found on manual transmission cars, this helps to change games. Any idea as to what it is called?

The shifter is found on cars with a manual transmission. When the clutch pedal is pushed in, the clutch plate is engined and a new gear can be selected using the shifter.


This houses coolant keeps the engine at the perfect operating temperature. Do you know what it is called?

This reservoir holds coolant, which is used to keep the engine cool during operation.


This part is very necessary for your safety. Name it, please.

This part of the braking system carries the brake lining. When the brakes are applied, the shoe moves, which then presses the lining to the brake drum, slowing down the car.


This part is crucial in ensuring the fuel/air mixture let into the combustion chamber is the correct ratio.

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


A crucial part of the process to get the engine on a vehicle running. Do you know what these are?

Essentially, spark plugs are the most important factor in a vehicle starting. They provide the spark that ignites the air-fuel mixture that starts the motor and keeps it running.


This part is found within a cylinder. What is it called?

This piece of the engine moves in an up and down motion within a cylinder (The piston fits snugly within the cylinder. It moves up and down in the cylinder and is attached to a connecting rod.)


You better watch this if you don't want to walk! What is shown in this image?

This gauge has a sensor in the gas tank and tells you how much gasoline your car has left.


Name this car part that makes your journey just a little smoother.

These are important in any car as they help alleviate any bumpy roads you may drive on, leading to a smoother ride.


Not only ensures safety but also slows the car down. Name this part, please.

Brake pads are used to slow down a vehicle when the brakes are applied. They are a component of a disk brake system.


This removes impurities in a lubricating liquid needed throughout your car. What is it?

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


What is the name of the gauge in the image?

This gauge, found on the dashboard of your vehicle, tells you how far it has traveled, usually measured in miles in the United States.


This part is very important in the overall running of an engine. What is it called?

The purpose of the voltage regulator in a vehicle is to supply a constant DC voltage, no matter what other processes are happening within the engine.


Want to stay in the speed limit? Use this dial then. Any idea as to what it is called?

This gauge, found on the dashboard of your car, tells you what speed your vehicle is moving at.


This part is only found in diesel engines. Do you know what it is?

Glow plugs are only found in diesel engines. They form part of the starting process and heat up to ensure first time ignition.


This distributes the fuel/air mixture evenly. Name it, please.

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, causing the engine to run. It does this by evenly distributing the air/fuel mixture to the intake ports.


This part turns the engine over. Any idea what it is?

When you turn the key of your car, the starter motor begins the combustion process by rotating the engine.


This moves a liquid needed for keeping the engine at an optimal temperature. Any idea as to what it is called?

This pump ensures that coolant, which is kept in the radiator, is moved through the coolant system on the car.


What car part, found in the cabin, is shown in this image?

Climate control systems didn’t exist in years gone by, but nowadays most cars have them. Essentially, this system lets the driver adjust the ambient temperature within the cabin. It can be turned up for heat or down for cool air.


These can usually be automatic or manual. What car part are we talking about?

In vehicles, a transmission can be manual (where the driver selects the gears) or automatic (where the system selects the gears.) Essentially, a transmission is a range of different gears used when the vehicle is moving forward and selected to keep the engine revolutions at an optimum running speed.


Identify the car part in this image, please.

This links the steering wheel with the other parts of the steering mechanism which are situated outside the interior of the car, nearer the front wheels.


When pistons move, this part is rotated. Name it, please.

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


This circulates a lubricating liquid around the engine. Do you know what it is?

This circulates oil within the engine.


Name this car part that includes a set of teeth.

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


Any idea as to the name of this car part?

As its name implies, the ignition coil forms part of the ignition system. It converts 12 V into several thousand more, which then jump the gap between the spark plug to ignite the fuel/air mixture.


Name this part that helps to reduce friction between various engine parts.

A bearing is a curved metal piece that reduces friction between components. It comes in many different shapes and sizes.


This gauge tells you how fast the engine is spinning in revolutions per minute. Can you name it?

This gauge measures how fast the engine is spinning. It reads in revolutions per minute.


A critical part on your vehicle, there are two of these. Name them, please.

Regular vehicles have two axles on which the wheels and tires are found. One of these is connected to the driveshaft, which turns the wheels to move the vehicle.


Removes impurities from a specific liquid needed to propel the vehicle. Do you know what part we are talking about?

A fuel filter helps to remove impurities that might be in the fuel which, if they get into the engine, can cause complications.


Name this part of the suspension system, please.

Another important part of any suspension systems, coiled springs help absorb impacts caused by bumpy roads or obstructions you may drive over.


This is an essential part of helping the car run at an optimal temperature by regulating the release of coolant to the engine. What is it?

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


Which pedal is shown here?

Found in cars with manual transmissions, a clutch fulfills the same role as a torque converter in an automatic transmission car. Essentially, it keeps the engine turning over when the vehicle comes to a halt.


Name this vehicle part - the reservoir for the lubricating liquid found in your car's engine.

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


This part connects other crucial engine parts. Name it, please.

This belt, made from rubber, connects a number of components of the engine including the cooling fan, alternator and the crankshaft pully.


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