How Many Car Parts Can You Actually Name?


By: Staff Writer

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

For many of us, the beauty of cars lies in their overall looks. Those smooth lines are all designed with an ultimate goal in mind. Even the early car designers realized that if their cars looked beautiful, they would sell. And that's true today as well. 

But what about the internal workings of a motor vehicle? Do you know all those hundreds and thousands of parts that work in unison to make a car tick? Or move when you press a pedal! Isn't it amazing that even before the dawn of the 20th Century, engineers and mechanics had worked out a way to make all of these parts, big and small, work together to give us possibly the most important invention since the wheel itself?

And for every person who loves a car for the way it looks, there is a person who loves cars for the way they are a sum of their parts. For these grease monkeys, the smell of a garage, a set of tools and an open hood is all they need to be in heaven! Now they know their car parts, but do you?

In this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of various parts found in the car, in the engine and transmission specifically. With a single image, will you be able to name them?

Good luck!

This moves up and down within a cylinder. What is its name?

The piston fits in the cylinder. It is attached to a connecting rod and moves up and down within the cylinder


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

Cast out of metal and the engine block is home to pistons, cylinders and the crankshaft.


The part that helps start the process that gets the engine running. Can you name it?

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


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

Without the correct air fuel mixture, a combustion engine will not run at an optimal level. The carburetor ensures that the mixture is correct.


This pushes a lubricating liquid throughout the engine while it is running.

An oiil pump circulates oil within the engine.


Turning the key in your ignition brings this car part into life.

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


A reservoir holding some form of coolant

This reservoir holds coolant which is used to keep the engine at the correct temperature during operation.


These connect various parts of the engine and can carry water, oil or fuel where needed.

Various hoses are found throughout the engine. They carry liquids like water and oil.


This connects a number of engine parts and helps them to turn, for example the alternator.

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


This moves a lubricating liquid around a car's engine.

This circulates oil within the engine.


A wheel with teeth on which a belt of some kind usually runs.

A sprocket is a wheel with a set of teeth. It drives items like the chain or timing belt, among others.


These are found on the cylinder head of the engine.

Head bolts are sometimes referred to as cylinder head bolts. These secure a cylinder head and gasket to the engine block.


Something you press with your right foot in your car.

Simply put, push the gas pedal to go faster!


This part is found in the transmission. Can you name it?

The sun gear is the central gear in the planetary gear system in the transmission.


These are found throughout your car and help to ensure that various components of the engine or transmission, for example, do not leak.

There are various seals and gaskets found throughout the engine and transmission system. This ensures that the vital hydraulic fluid does not leak.


This is found in a car with a manual transmission and helps the starter motor to start the engine.

Found in manual transmissions, a flywheel does two things. First, it provides tooth gears for the starter motor to engage on, rotating the engine on startup. Second, it is used to push torque from the car's engine to its transmission by use of the clutch.


Something you press with your left foot in your manual transmission car

This pedal is pressed by the driver which in turn engages the clutch plate and allows for the a new gear to be selected.


This helps the engine to turn over even when the car is stopped. (Manual cars only).

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 helps push a fluid through the gearing system on your car.

Often considered to be the heart of the transmission system, this pump moves hydraulic fluid through the gearing system to ensure it operates efficiently.


Found on manual cars, you move this with your hand.

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


This links the a certain pedal to the transmission.

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.


A large toothed wheel in the transmission system in your car

The ring gear is the large outer gear in the planetary gear system in the transmission.


This helps the engine to turn over even when the car is stopped. (Automatic cars only).

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


This part monitors temperature.

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


What are these important pieces featured in the image?

High tension leads connect the sparks plugs to the distributor.


This holds a lubricating liquid. What is it called?

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


These make your car go a lot faster!

Turbochargers help improve performance of an engine by pushing more air into it. This means more fuel also burnt, creating more power.


This lowers the temperature of the air compressed by a turbocharger, helping to create more engine power.

Found in turbocharged engines, an intercooler reduces the temperature of the air compressed by the turbocharger. This makes it denser when it is pushed through the engine, which produces more power.


What car part which helps the spark plugs fire in the right order is shown in this image?

This makes sure the spark plugs fire in the right order. It is part of the ignition system.


The movement of this part causes a car to move.

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


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