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Can You Pass This Car Engine Quiz?

How well do you know what's going on under the hood of your car? If you can get more than five questions right on this quiz, you truly know your stuff!

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is the battery!

    This is the battery!
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  2. What does a "carburetor" do?

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    Regulates the flow of coolant from the engine to the radiator and back
    Generates electric power to recharge the engine
    Mixes gasoline with air to ensure the engine runs effectively
    Delivers electric power from the ignition to the engine
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The carburetor blends gasoline with air to ensure the engine runs effectively.

    The carburetor blends gasoline with air to ensure the engine runs effectively.
  3. Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the spark plug wires.

    These are the spark plug wires.
  4. What is pictured here?

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is an alternator.

    This is an alternator.
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  5. What does a "camshaft" do?

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    Opens and closes the valve train
    Spins the compressor
    Mixes gasoline with air to ensure the engine runs effectively
    Initiates the operation of the engine
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The camshaft opens and closes the valve train.

    The camshaft opens and closes the valve train.
  6. What is pictured here?

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is a starter. It's pretty important.

    This is a starter. It's pretty important.
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  7. What does a "crankshaft" do?

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    It spins a fan belt on the alternator
    It translates the motion of the pistons into rotating motion
    It communicates between the ignition and the starter
    It circulates fluid around the engine
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The crankshaft translates the reciprocal motion of the pistons into rotating motion for the wheels.

    The crankshaft translates the reciprocal motion of the pistons into rotating motion for the wheels.
  8. What does a "timing belt" do?

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    Synchronizes the crankshaft's rotation with the rotation of the camshaft
    Regulates the timing of the pistons
    Synchronizes the flywheel's rotation with the rotation of the crankshaft
    Regulates the spin of the alternator
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A timing belt synchronizes the crankshaft's rotation with the rotation of the camshaft.

    A timing belt synchronizes the crankshaft's rotation with the rotation of the camshaft.
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Can You Pass This Car Engine Quiz?

You are an engine novice.

You know so little about engines that cars often randomly stop working just because you happen to walk by.

You are an engine novice.
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You know a thing or two about engines.

Sure, you don't know your crankshaft from your camshaft, but you have a basic idea of how the thing works. Something to do with pistons firing, right?

You know a thing or two about engines.
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You are pretty close to being an engine expert.

You're not quite at the level of a professional, but you know your way around a car engine, and you should be proud of that.

You are pretty close to being an engine expert.
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You are essentially a mechanic.

You know your way around a car engine like a pro, and you're extremely handy to have around in an emergency.

You are essentially a mechanic.
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