Quiz: Can You Tell Us How to Fix These Car Problems in 7 Minutes?
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Can You Tell Us How to Fix These Car Problems in 7 Minutes?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

We love our cars, don't we?

There is nothing better than getting in your car over the weekend and taking a cruise! Along coastlines, or through a mountain pass. Just taking it all in as our vehicles do all the work.

But then... a clunk, whizz, and vrrrrr come from the engine... what could be wrong? Can I fix it? And more importantly, how much will it cost? It stands to reason. Cars are made up of many, many thousands of parts all working in perfect harmony to get us from A to B. And when things go wrong, we get worried!

Luckily, we are far better off now than in the past. Cars are just infinitely more reliable now than they were 60 years ago. They also have so many more onboard systems that help detect problems even before they can become something more serious.

That said, do you think you have what it takes to troubleshoot a range of common car problems? In this quiz, we will give you a scenario or question and test your knowledge of what the likely cause of the problem is.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? Let's hope you know you catalytic converters from your oil pumps!

Good luck!

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Your car won't start. It is totally dead and the engine won't even turn over. What do you check first?
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A light is shining on your dashboard. It looks like a genie lamp with a drop coming out of it. What should you immediately do?
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Another warning light is glowing on the dashboard. This time it is a box, with a + and - inside. How can you fix the problem?
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What should be checked on a car that starts hard and idles rough?
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Your engine has started making a high-pitched squeaking sound. The first thing you should check is the ___________
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Oh, no! Your car won't start. It won't turn over, and the dashboard lights don't even come on. And it's a brand new battery you have only had for a few months. What should you now check?
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While applying brakes, you have noticed a squealing and scraping sound coming from your wheels. Which of these would you investigate first?
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A warning light is glowing on your dashboard. It shows a thermometer and some wavy lines. What is it warning you about?
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You have tried starting your car but no luck; you notice the distinct smell of gasoline though as it tries to turn over. What is the problem?
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If your car has an oil leak, what color fluid would you find under your car?
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While sitting in the passenger seat of your car, you notice an intense vibration. What could be the cause?
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You notice a yellow glowing light on your dashboard. It is in the shape of a car engine. What do you do?
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Your car has a lack of power and you notice the smell of gasoline. What should you check to fix this?
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Your car won't start. You have checked the fuel pump, battery and starter motor and they are all working. What else could you check?
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Your car won't start despite all the lights on the console working. It won't turnover but the battery is fine. What could be the problem?
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Your diesel powered car is blowing white smoke on startup. It also takes long to fire and when it does, runs roughly. What could be the problem?
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What started out as a light tapping sound has now become a loud knocking noise. What could be wrong?
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A driver behind you hoots and tells you to stop. He says your wheel is wobbling and handling did feel a little strange. How will you fix it?
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Your vehicle is suddenly very loud, especially underneath along the length of the tailpipe. What should you fix?
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Despite turning your old '65 Mustang engine off, it keeps on running for a bit. What must you fix to stop that?
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A warning light is shining on your dashboard. It shows a circle with two brackets on either side. What should you be looking to fix?
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You have noticed a 'funky' smell when you put your climate control system on. What is the easiest thing to check to fix this?
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If you are replacing the oil in your car, what else should be replaced at the same time?
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Another yellow warning light blinking on the dashboard. This time is the picture of a car and skidmarks behind it. What should you have fixed?
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Your car has developed a rumbling sound that increases as you go faster. How will you fix it?
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You have noticed a terrible smell in your car lately. It's almost like rotten eggs. What could you check first to pinpoint the problem?
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Driving at night, you notice that your headlights are not as bright as they usually are. What part in your engine could be failing?
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The front right hand tire is wearing excessively on the right hand side. What is wrong?
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You notice a rattling sound coming from underneath your car when you are driving. What is the likely problem?
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Your car won't start. You have checked the battery and starter motor and they are working. What else could it be?
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When starting your car at night, you notice that the interior lights dim. What could be the fault?
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