Tell Us if You’d Fix These Car Issues Yourself and We'll Guess Your Auto IQ

AUTO

By: Dave Davis

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some people live in dread of something going wrong with their car because they know they'll soon be at the mercy of professionals throwing around big, expensive-sounding words that they don't understand. And then there's the breed who actually look forward to something being not quite right about their vehicles. They know this gives them every excuse they need to fool around in their garage all day and pursue their mechanical passion.

So, where do you fall on this scale? We'll give you 30 multiple choice questions and, based on your answers, we'll tell you where you are on the spectrum between "the person everyone goes to when they need something done to their car" and "this person should be legally prohibited from opening their hood." 

While there's no shame in not knowing how to field strip and clean your engine in an afternoon, you should have at least a basic understanding of how your car works. Knowing some automotive fundamentals will allow you to give your mechanic valuable information when there's a problem, instead of being forced to imitate the sound it made right before it died.

Are you "Grade A" automotive material, or do you need instructions on how to find the dipstick? Also, if you just asked yourself, "What's a dipstick?" you've already started the quiz! 

As for the rest of you, let's get a move on! 

You're driving on the highway and one of your tires blows out! What's your reaction?

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It's time to change the spark plugs — are you up to it?

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Looks like it's time to rotate the tires. Is this something you can handle?

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Looks like it's time to change the oil in your engine. What are you going to do?

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When is the last time you changed the air filter?

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Your brakes are making a grinding sound. What are you going to do?

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Winter is coming to your home in the north. What's your opinion about snow tires?

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Your friend calls and says he believes he's blown a head gasket. What do you do?

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You go to start your car and find that the battery is dead. What's your first move?

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There's a ding in your door from the car that was parked next to you in the lot. What do you do?

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Your odometer rolls over to 75,000 miles. What's your reaction?

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The "check engine" light has popped on. What should you do?

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How often do you check the air pressure in your tires?

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You notice a small crack in your windshield. What's your course of action?

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How often do you wash your car?

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When's the best time to change out your windshield wipers?

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How low do you let your gas level get before filling up?

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Your "check engine" light is flashing. What should you do?

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The needle on your temperature gauge is rising. What's your first move?

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You notice that your tires are wearing unevenly. What do you do?

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Drat! Your car has failed its emission testing. What do you do?

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You're driving your car and suddenly it starts roaring! What's your reaction?

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You notice a shimmy in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes. You decide to ... ?

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You notice a puddle of antifreeze under your car when you've been parked for a while. What's your course of action?

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Your air conditioner doesn't run as cool as it once did. What will you do?

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One of your headlights goes out. What's your reaction?

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You hear a clicking sound before your car finally starts. What do you do?

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You notice that your car isn't getting the gas mileage it once was. What's your reaction?

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The driver's side power window won't go up. What should you do first?

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It's time to sell your car. What do you do first?

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