The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz

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The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz
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The internal combustion engine changed civilization in myriad ways. How much do you know about engine technology? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
What year was the first internal combustion engine built in America?
1843
1821
1798
It was created by John Stevens in 1798, who also built the country's first steam locomotive.

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What do most engines use for cooling purposes?
liquid
Cooling systems are vital to the health of the engine.
air
plasma

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In which country did the first car manufacturers appear?
Britain
France
Panhard and Levassor and Peugeot of France were true trailblazers.
United States

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Before the advent of fuel injectors, cars relied on what to supply fuel to the combustion chamber?
forced induction
carburetors
Carburetors did that job — fuel injection became much more common in the 1980s.
turbine

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In what year did Alfred Buchi patent a turbocharger?
1951
1934
1905
The Swiss inventor patented the turbocharger in 1905.

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What is the ideal air-to-gasoline ratio for car engines?
14.7-to-1
The ideal ratio is 14.7-to-1. You only need a bit of gas to get things going.
20.1-to-1
7.8-to-1

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During which stroke cycle does the spark plug fire?
exhaust
combustion
Combustion is also called the power stroke, which forces the piston back to the bottom of the cylinder. The spark plug's firing is what begins the combustion stroke.
compression

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Who created the world's first four-wheeled automobile?
Karl Benz
Nikolaus Otto
Gottlieb Daimler
Daimler created it in 1886 and started a transportation revolution.

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What does a turbocharger do?
adds more gas to the gas/air mixture
forces more air into the combustion chamber
A turbocharger forces more air into the combustion chamber, improving efficiency and power.
reduces the engine's exhaust gas

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Who started the first car manufacturing company in the United States?
Frank Duryea
Frank Duryea and his brother Charles built their first vehicle in 1893.
Ransome Olds
Henry Ford

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In-line engines have cylinders arranged in what configuration?
a row
The row of cylinders is a simple and effective design.
a vertical stack
a diagonal line

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In the 17th century Samuel Morland used what substance to drive water pumps?
gunpowder
He used gunpowder. It was an explosive combination.
gasoline
kerosene

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To what are the engines pistons attached?
the flywheel
the tie rods
the crankshaft
A connecting rod links the pistons to the crankshaft.

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Most consumer vehicle engines have how many strokes?
two
four
The four strokes are intake, compression, combustion and exhaust.
six

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Who is credited with inventing the first internal combustion engine?
Henry Ford
Karl Benz
Etienne Lenoir
There were engines before the one he created, but his was the first that found real success.

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When did Henry Ford revolutionize car manufacturing using assembly line construction?
1901
1913
The debut of Ford's assembly line in 1913 accelerated the assembly process and transformed the entire world of manufacturing.
1923

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What's the purpose of the flywheel on a car?
to smooth out the engine
It's a heavy plate that reduces engine vibrations.
to add a little more horsepower
to increase torque

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How were the first internal combustion engines started?
electric starters
hand crank
You can imagine the frustration when the hand-crank process malfunctioned.
cartridge starters

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Which company invented VTEC technology?
Ford
Chevy
Honda
Honda invented VTEC, which stands for "variable valve timing and lift electronic control."

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Most engine blocks are made from what material?
titanium
steel
aluminum alloy
In addition to aluminum alloy, they are also often made from cast iron.

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Chevy's 454 engine produced about how much horsepower?
290 horsepower (216,253 watts)
390 horsepower
The engine produced about 390 horsepower and was featured in the 1970 Corvette.
540 horsepower

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The first piston engines lacked which characteristic?
compression
Compression in the cylinders is a key component of contemporary engines.
wheel torque
crankshaft

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The mass-produced Ford flathead V-8 included what components in a single engine block?
the transmission and cylinders
the pistons and camshafts
the cylinders and crankcase
The engine included the cylinders and crankcase in an engine block. It was the first time this concept was mass produced.

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In many engines the timing chain connects the camshaft to what?
engine block
transmission
crankshaft
It connects the camshaft to the crankshaft. Many modern engines place the camshaft in the cylinder right next to the valves.

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In what year did Karl Benz receive a patent for his first automobile?
1878
1886
He got his first engine patent in 1879 and his first automobile patent in 1886.
1901

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In 1864 how long did it take Etienne Lenoir's motorized carriage to travel 14 miles (23 kilometers)?
about 90 minutes
about three hours
It took about three hours. That's slower than average walking speed, making for a less-than-thrilling ride.
about an hour

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Contemporary car engines typically have about how many valves per cylinder?
eight to 12
six to eight
two to five
There are usually two to five valves per cylinder. Each cylinder needs as least one intake and exhaust valve.

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Chevy's large displacement V-8 engines were known as what?
Big Block
Big Block engines were made starting in the 1950s, due in part to the bigger vehicles that Americans were demanding.
V-Series
Bore Center

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What does the acronym "DOHC" stand for?
dynamic overheat heating coil
double omission hybrid crankshaft
double overhead camshaft
You'll sometimes see the acronym, which stands for "double overhead camshaft," included in a vehicle's specifications.

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What is the ECU?
the engine control unit
The engine control unit is usually a car's most powerful computer. It takes data from many sensors and alters the car's performance accordingly.
the environmental control unit
the exterior control unit

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