Can You Identify These Car Parts from a One-Sentence Description?

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About This Quiz

If you're a true gearhead, then you want to know the names of all the parts in your automobile. Now is your chance to do it!

This quiz will not only test your mind, it will test your passion, your heart, your very soul. Because you, dear auto fanatic, treat your automobile as a religion. And you know something - there's nothing wrong with that. Automotive vehicles are some of the finest creations in the modern world, and in this quiz, we're going to celebrate them, one question at a time.

One of the great things about car parts is that they're timeless. Sure, things change, innovations take place, and new parts come on the scene. But for the most part, the internal combustion engine and standard vehicle have all the same goodies that the originals had. There's no better feeling than lifting the hood and knowing what the heck everything is called.

You've studied the manual, you've read books about cars, and you stare at your own vehicle for long stretches of time, but if you don't test your knowledge of those car parts, then you're not keeping your memory strong. With this quiz, we're going to actively test your knowledge so that you can keep all that information fresh. Your brain is about to go into high gear.

A gas-inflated cushion that deploys at the time of impact.

Okay, okay. We gave you an easy one to start. We're just trying to get the wheels spinning.

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A fuel system component that supplies the right mixture of fuel and air to the engine.

The carburetor is responsible for supplying the right mixture of air and fuel to the engine. Some say that carburetor shall soon be extinct. RIP.

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Part of the mechanism that opens and closes valves.

The cam is part of the mechanism that opens and closes the valves. It is an essential element of your engine.

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Once known as the frame of the car, which provides strength to the vehicle.

The chassis was once described as the frame of the car, which provides strength to the vehicle. Now, few vehicles other than trucks have separate frames.

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Part of the exhaust system, that reduces harmful emissions feom the engine.

The catalytic converter is part of an exhaust system that reduces harmful emissions from the engine. It became a standard feature in 1975.

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A chamber within the engine that contains a piston and valves.

The cylinder is a chamber within the engine that contains a piston and valves. The fuel and air mixture is compressed in the cylinder.

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A panel just beneath the vehicle's windshield that has various gauges and indicators.

The dashboard is where you find a lot of things of use. For instance, there are various gauges, indicators, the sound system and steering column.

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A long metallic tube that connects the transmission and the real axle.

The drive shaft is the long metallic tube that connects the transmission and the rear axle. You'd be in a lot of trouble if it was missing.

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A computer-controlled transmission.

You can refer to a computer-controlled transmission as either an electronic transmission or an automatic transmission. It has four forward gears and one reverse gear.

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A power plant that uses the force of exploding fuel to create rotating action to move the car's wheels.

Okay, so that was an easy one. But you get a sense of just how extraordinary the engine really is.

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An electronic system that increases performance and fuel economy by monitoring engine conditions.

Fuel injection is an electronic system that increases performance and fuel economy. It does this by monitoring engine conditions and providing the correct air/fuel mixture based on the engine's demand.

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Circular, metal, tooth-edged part.

A gear is a circular, metal, tooth-edged part that engages with other parts to transmit engird power. Automotive fanatics are sometimes called gear heads.

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Brakes that use pressurized fluid instead of a cable.

Hydraulic brakes use pressurized fluid instead of a cable. When the brake pedal is pressed, fluid forces the pistons to put pressure on the brake pads.

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The electronic system that produces a spark to ignite the fuel/air mixture.

The ignition system is an electronic system that produces a spark to ignite the fuel/air mixture. This process takes place in a gasoline engine.

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A mechanism in the drive train with gears that varies the power and torque delivered to the wheels.

The manual transmission is the drive train with gears that varies the power and torque delivered to the driven wheels. There is a lever that the driver operates.

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Part of the exhaust system that eliminates noise.

The muffler is quite simply a part of the exhaust system that eliminates noise. But why would you want to do that?

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An engine that intakes air without a supercharger or turbocharger.

A normally aspirated engine is one that intakes air without the assistance of a turbocharger or supercharger. Some might say that it breathes naturally.

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A pump that delivers oil, under pressure, to the moving parts of the engine.

The oil pump quite simply is an engine-driven pump that delivers oil, under pressure, to the engine. More specifically, to the moving parts of the engine.

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An auxiliary gearbox that provides an additional gear ratio.

The overdrive is a small auxiliary gearbox that provides an additional gear ratio. It makes the drive shaft turn faster than the engine crankshaft.

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Crumple zones, bumpers and side intrusion beams are examples of ______.

These are all great examples of passive safety features. They're incorporated into the structural design of the car.

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A metal piece that is moved back and forth in a cylinder by pressure from an explosion.

The piston is a cylindrically-shaped metal piece that is moved back and forth in a cylinder by pressure from an explosion. It can also be moved by the introduction of liquid or air.

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All the items needed to power a car's wheels.

The power train refers to all the items needed to power a car's wheels. This includes the engine, transmission, axles, clutch or torque converter.

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The device through which air passes to cool a single system in the car.

The radiator is the device through which air passes to cool a single system in a car. It is most often used to cool engine coolant.

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What do you call the maximum number of RPMs at which a vehicle may be safely driven?

The redline is the maximum number of RPMs at which a vehicle can safely be driven. This is indicated by the red line on the tachometer.

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Steel beams located on the inside of vehicle doors.

The side beams on the inside of the vehicle doors are known as side impact beams or side intrusion beams. They are passive safety features.

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A U-shaped bar that links wheels on the opposite sides of the car.

The stabilizer bar is often a rough U-shape. It links wheels on the opposite sides of the car.

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A metal bar that provides the suspension system with strength.

The strut is a metal bar or rod. It provides the suspension system with structural strength.

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It converts hydraulic pressure within the transmission to drive the drive shafts.

The torque converter converts hydraulic pressure within the transmission to mechanical torque. This then drives the drive shafts and eventually the wheels.

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The mechanism that includes gears, which links the power from the engine to the drive wheels.

The transmission is the mechanism that includes gears. It links the power produced from the engine to drive the wheels.

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A device that can measure or prevent the flow of a liquid or gas.

A valve is a device that can measure or prevent the flow of a liquid or a gas. You'll find intake and exhaust valves in internal combustion engines.

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What do you call auto parts that are made by companies other than the original manufacturer?

After-market parts are those that are made by companies other than the original equipment manufacturer. They are used for replacing or repairing a vehicle.

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A system for cleaning pollen, smog and smoke from the air.

The air filtration system is responsible for cleaning smog, pollen, exhaust and smoke from the interior of the car. It cleans the interior circulated air and the air coming from outside.

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It's the largest part of the engine, often referred to as the block.

The crankcase is the largest part of the engine. It houses the crankshaft and usually the oil supply.

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The total volume within an engine devoted to the combustion that will produce power.

Engine displacement refers to the total displacement of an engine, expressed in either liters or cubic inches. This is the volume within an engine devoted to combustion.

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A fluid that is under pressure in a system.

Hydraulic fluid refers to any fluid that is under pressure in a system. Hydraulic fluid systems replaced wire and rod systems to make steering and braking more reliable.

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