Can You Guess What These Car Parts Are?

By: Craig
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About This Quiz

Cars are made up of thousands of pieces, each one with its own function that needs to work correctly with all others for your vehicle to even operate. Just imagine a bad wire, a twisted cord or the damage that old — or nonexistent — lubrication can cause to a system.  But, you're no slouch mechanic when it comes to cars, are you? You know the ins and outs of cars and what makes them run. Or, do you? This quiz has a slew of essential car parts that most cars need to operate, or at least perform tolerably. 

Do you think you can identify an AC Compressor from a blower motor just by looking at an image? You may know what an axle shaft is and what it does, but could you identify one by sight? Do you know the difference between brake rotors and calipers? The door lock actuator is used every time you enter and drive your car and is considered one of the best safety features every new vehicle should have. But, have you ever seen one before? Unless you've worked on a car, you may not have. 

These are the parts that help your car run and keep you safe. How many do you think you can figure out from an image? Buckle up; this quiz is about to take you on a ride!

The air conditioning compressor is at the heart of your climate control unit. It first pressurizes the refrigerant in the system and then circulates it through the system.

A carburetor has three important functions. First, it mixes fuel and air to create a combustible mixture. Second, it controls the proportion of fuel and air. Lastly, it controls the speed of the engine.

Axle shafts attach the car wheels to the gears and form part of the transmission, which allows the wheels to turn.

A blower motor moves either hot or cool air (depending on your air-conditioning selection) through the vents of your car and into the cabin.

A brake light switch is a link between your brake pedal and your brake lights. Every time you press your brake pedal, the switch is activated. which then turns your brake lights on, alerting people behind you that you are slowing down.

This is a major component of the braking system for your vehicle. When you apply the brakes, the brake disks clamp to the rotor, slowing the car down.

A vital engine component, the camshaft is needed to open and close the engine valves. It consists of a metal shaft that is placed in line with the engine cylinders.

A camshaft position sensor is critical for the synchronization of injectors, as well as the proper sequence for coils to fire. They also are needed for establishing engine speed and RPM signals, as well as setting ignition timing.

Simply put, a clutch is a connection between a vehicle's engine and its wheels. It transfers the power generated by the engine through the transmission to the wheels to make your car move. It also detaches the engine from the transmission when stopping.

This is a suspension link (normally hinged) that connects the chassis of the car to the hub in which the wheel is connected.

A critical part of the engine, a crankshaft transforms the reciprocating (up and down) motion of the pistons into rotational motion. This, in turn, moves your car forward.

The crankshaft seal is a piece of rubber, found at the front of the engine. It seals the timing cover and the crankshaft's front section.

This is a tiny electric motor that locks or unlocks your doors. That's actually true.

The driveshaft connects the transmission of your vehicle with the differential. It rotates, which in turn powers the wheels through the differential to move your car.

The engine control unit helps to ensure that a car's engine is running optimally and efficiently at all times. It does this by using a number of actuators.

Exhaust manifold gaskets are necessary to provide a seal between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head.

The flywheel is a heavy disk connected to the crankshaft at the back of the engine. Its mass keeps a car's engine rotating between ignition strokes. It also provides the clutch something to latch on to, thus helping to deliver power through the transmission.

The gas cap covers the opening into the gas tank. It helps to prevent gas from evaporating out of the tank.

A head gasket is placed between the cylinder head and the engine block. It forms a tight seal to enclose the combustion process in the engine. It also stops oil and coolant fluid from mixing.

The heater core contains a winding tube that is filled with warm coolant liquid directly from the engine. This helps heat the interior of the car in cold conditions.

A range of hoses can be found all over a vehicle, including those that carry fuel, coolant and oil.

The ignition coil is found, unsurprisingly, in a vehicle's ignition. It carries low volts from the battery and turns them into the thousands of volts needed to cause a spark in the spark plug. This then ignites the fuel.

The ignition switch is the master switch in a vehicle. It supplies all the electrical components, ECU, ignition systems and fuel systems with power. It transfers power from the battery to the starter motor, which helps turn the engine over.

The intake manifold gasket produces a seal in the intake manifold. It ensures that the air/fuel mixture is directed to the correct cylinder where it ignites and burns, creating engine power.

License plate lights are a simple set of lights, either set above or below the license plate, designed to provide illumination in the dark.

The mass air flow sensor calculates the mass flow rate of the air passing into a combustion engine with fuel injection. This is critical information which allows the engine control unit to deliver the right amount of fuel to the engine.

A muffler is mounted on the exhaust pipe in a vehicle. Its primary job is to lower the sound output of the engine.

Mounted inside the exhaust manifold, the oxygen sensor calculates the amount of unburned oxygen that exits through the exhaust. This is used to determine the fuel mixture. Too much oxygen and the fuel mixture is too rich; too little and it is too lean.

This small radiator is essential in making sure the oil running through the engine is kept as cool as possible and at a regulated temperature. The oil cooler helps to ensure a smooth running engine.

Piston rings serve three functions in an engine. They ensure the combustion chamber is sealed. They also increase the transfer of heat from the pistons to the cylinder wall. Finally, they help control oil consumption by collecting excess oil off the cylinder walls.

An essential part of the braking system on your car, the ABS control unit continually scans the speed of all wheels and ensures that any wheels turning slower or faster either receive reduced or more braking force when the brakes are applied. This keeps traction even at all times.

Alternators are used to charge the battery and power the electrical system when the engine is on.

The power window switch moves the power windows in a vehicle to raise and lower them. Each door has a switch, but the driver can operate all the windows as well.

Pressure sensors are found throughout the vehicle. They measure fuel and oil pressure, for example.

The radiator is part of the vehicle's cooling system that stops the engine from overheating. It is filled with water or other coolan fluid

Shock absorbers have two main functions. They keep all four tires on the ground and they control the movement of the suspension while driving.

The spark from a spark plug is key in starting an engine. This spark causes combustion of the fuel and air mixture, which then starts the engine and keeps it running.

The starter motor is usually a small 12-volt DC magnet motor that is essential in starting a car when the key is turned. It has a small gear that connects to another larger one on the flywheel which helps to turn the engine over.

The steering angle sensor forms part of the ESC system in a vehicle. It calculates both the steering wheel's position and its turn rate.

The steering rack connects to the steering wheel. It is a direct link between the tires and the steering wheel.

A sway bar link is the connection between the sway bar and a car's suspension.

The temperature sensor monitors the temperature of the coolant running through the engine. That makes sense.

A thermostat is a small device between the radiator and the engine. It makes sure no coolant goes into the engine until it has warmed up enough.

A water pump moves coolant from the radiator through the engine's cylinder head, to keep it cool.

Brake clippers are used mainly to stop your brake pads from rattling. They are snapped into place when replacing the brake shoes on your vehicle.

The wheel speed sensor is part of the anti-lock braking system. It tells the A.B.S. unit how fast the wheels are turning and how much brake pressure to apply to stop the vehicle from veering out of control or skidding.

The wiper motor is a small motor that drives the windshield wipers on a vehicle. In Britain, this motor drives the windscreen wipers.

A fuel pump is the part of a combustible engine system (like a car) that pumps fuel into the engine and regulates fuel pressure.

Motor mounts secure the engine to the frame of the car.

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