Does This Car Part Belong to the Engine or the Transmission?

AUTO

Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In a motor vehicle, one is just as crucial as the other.

Without either an engine or a transmission, be it automatic or manual, a car is not going anywhere. 

Some would say the engine is more critical but without the transmission, all that power generated by the engine cannot be transferred into motion.  

And I am sure you will agree, a car that doesn't move is pretty useless. 

Both the transmission system and the engine on your car are nothing short of a technological miracle filled with thousands and thousands of moving parts, big and small, each as important as the next. Without these parts, your car is not worth much.

As an auto nut, you may be aware of some of them, be it parts of the engine or the transmission. Now, we not going to ask you to name them in this quiz, we just want you to be able to tell if they come from the engine or the transmission by looking at a single image.

Seem easy? It really isn't. This is going to test you like never before! But with a little thought and maybe some luck, you should ace it.

Good Luck!

Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Oil plays a crucial part in keeping all the moving parts of an engine lubricated. An oil filter will help to remove impurities that might have entered the engine and which could cause damage.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The camshaft opens and closes valves within a car's engine. This ultimately provides the engine with its power.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The basic function of the oil pump is to circulate oil which lubricates moving parts within the engine, such as the camshaft, bearings and pistons.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Found above the cylinder, the cylinder head is the area the piston compresses into as it moves. It also houses intake and exhaust valves, springs and lifters and the combustion chamber.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

A crucial part of the transmission, the planetary gear set helps to make all the various ratios that the gears in the transmission can produce. It consists of the sun, planetary and ring gears.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

This part is essential to how your engine runs. It allows the fuel/air mixture into the cylinder of the engine where it will combust, causing the engine to run. It does this by evenly distributing the air/fuel mixture to the intake ports.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The fan belt, made from rubber, connects a number of components of the engine, including the cooling fan, alternator and the crankshaft pulley.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Found in cars with automatic transmissions, a torque converter fulfills 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.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

This pump ensures that coolant kept in the radiator is moved through the car's coolant system, keeping the engine at an optimum temperature.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Found in cars with manual transmissions, a clutch fufills 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.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

An integral part of modern engines, and engine control unit or ECU is a series of sensors that ensure that the engine runs optimally.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The timing belt ensures that the camshaft opens and closes the valves in the engine at the right time so as to ensure that that engine runs at 100 percent efficiency.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Made from steel, timing bands are straps that are found in the transmission on drums within it. These drums will rotate when the band is not pressed against it to grip it. Stopping their rotating means components within the transmission interact in different ways, depending on what the driver is doing in terms of gear selection.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

High tension leads connect the spark plugs to the distributor.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The connecting rod connects the pistons with the crankshaft.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

In modern automatic transmission systems, sensors on the engine and within the transmission itself track speed, the position of the throttle, the speed of the engine and other factors to control shift points.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Also known as a lifter or cam follower, tappets are found on the camshaft in the engine. As the camshaft rotates, they move vertically, lifting the valves.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

In automatic transmissions, the valve body is vitally important. It helps direct hydraulic fluid to valves in the transmission that in turn engage the appropriate band servo or clutch pack needed at that time.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Combustion in the engine causes the pistons to move. This, in turn, moves the crankshaft and moves the car forward or backward, depending on the gear selected.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The valves within an engine open and close in sequence to let the air and fuel mixture in. They then seal when combustion takes place and finally let the gases out.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

In simple terms, a turbocharger pushes more air into the engine, which in turn creates more power as more fuel is burned.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

This reservoir holds coolant which is used to keep the engine cool during operation. It also helps to regulate the coolant to the right temperature before passing it back into the system.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Clutch pistons help to engage the clutch and activate the gearshift in a manual transmission vehicle.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

A starter motor is another crucial part in starting your car. When you turn the key, it starts the combustion process by rotating the engine.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Made from steel, clutch packs are found in the transmission on drums within it. These drums will rotate when the pack is not pressed against it to grip it. Stopping their rotating means components within the transmission interact in different ways, depending on what the driver is doing in terms of gear selection.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The planetary gear system within a transmission system is attached to the planet carrier which is then connected to the output shaft.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or 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.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Usually found on 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.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The ignition system helps to start the engine by generating a spark that causes the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber to ignite.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

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.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Part of the ignition system, a distributor makes sure the spark plugs fire in the right order by directing high voltage into the correct one at the correct time.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

As fuel burns, it pushes the pistons within the engine which in turn rotate the crankshaft which then moves the vehicle, either forward or backward, determined by the gear selected.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

This regulates the amount of air that enters the engine while it is running. This then controls the amount of fuel entering the engine.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

Hydraulic fluid in the transmission system ensures that all moving parts, of which there are many, remain lubricated.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

The electronic control unit, also called an electronic control module, helps to ensure optimum engine performance in modern engines. In older cars, this part does not exist.

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Does the car part in the image belong to the engine or transmission?

An oil filter removes impurities that may have found their way into the engine oil.

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