How Many Car Parts Can You Actually Name?

By: Robin Tyler
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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.)

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

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

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

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.

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

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

This circulates oil within the engine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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