Quiz: How many of these common car parts can you identify?

Quiz Car parts

Do you know your catalytic converter from air-con compressor and your spark plugs from your shock absorbers? You don’t have to be a mechanic to know the most basic car parts. But if you give a motor more than a cursory glance over, which components can you identify? Take our cunning quiz to find out how much you really know.


Well done! You seem to know your way round a car pretty well.

Bad luck. Have another go now you’ve had some hints.

#1 This has liquid running through it. What is it?

Try again. It’d be cool if you brushed up on your car components.

#2 Lots of cars have at least one of these beneath their bonnet to boost power. What is it?

Never mind. Better luck next time!

#3 This is a car’s braking system. The red thing is the…

Never mind. Better luck next time.

#4 The highlighted component is the alternator. Its job is to…

Never mind. You should charge towards the right answer next time.

#5 This is a key part of the engine. What is it?

Never mind. Inject a bit of knowledge and try again.

#6 This bottle contains fluid but what’s it for?

Never mind. Stay cool and you’ll get the right answer.

#7 This is a catalytic converter but what does it do?

Never mind. Choose the right answer and you’ll clean up.

#8 This is a vital part of every car but what is it?

Never mind. Just change down to get the right answer.

#9 As you can see, this sometimes needs renewing, particularly if you suffer from hay fever. What is it?

Never mind. Your nose will tell you if this isn’t working properly.

#10 What’s the part inside the spring that stops your teeth rattling?

Never mind. Hit a bump with a broken one of these and your body will know all about it.



58 comments on “Quiz: How many of these common car parts can you identify?

  1. Carl Holt June 11, 2018 7:06 pm

    Thank you I enjoyed it

  2. raymond jamieson June 11, 2018 7:59 pm

    Great quiz and lots of useful information in your email, thank you, Ray J

  3. bill harding June 12, 2018 9:08 am

    very good

  4. Dave Barnard June 12, 2018 9:40 am

    The only item I wasn’t absolutely sure about was the fuel injector as all my mechanical experience is with carburetter fed engines.

  5. J I Imison June 12, 2018 11:10 am

    9/10 Thought the radiator kept engine cool. Never mind, will try to do better next time. Not bad for a blonde though!!!

  6. Peter Sibley June 12, 2018 7:19 pm

    Peter Sibley
    Makes you think about all the car parts we take for granted .

  7. karl wilkins June 12, 2018 8:12 pm

    that was fun 10/10

  8. Sue Aldworth June 13, 2018 7:58 am

    10/10 for me . Very good idea for people to know what parts arex

  9. David Buckland June 13, 2018 9:49 am

    Didnt think i would get them all right but i did

  10. John Cormier June 13, 2018 6:56 pm

    Well 10/10. Ain’t bad for an old fart like me(70)

  11. Brian Robinson. June 13, 2018 6:56 pm

    Good fun.

  12. Rosemary Pemberton June 13, 2018 7:58 pm

    I;m a woman I think I did reasonably well.

  13. Michael olds June 13, 2018 8:09 pm

    Makes one realise their mind is still active and better than one thinks.

  14. Trevor Eyles June 13, 2018 9:05 pm

    common sense to an experienced motorist

  15. Jean-Pierre Mairey June 14, 2018 8:35 am

    It was very easy

  16. Reg Carey June 14, 2018 9:27 am

    Just shows you what we need to know

  17. Barnry June 14, 2018 9:53 am

    Didn’t tell me the one I got wrong.

  18. Colin Baslington June 14, 2018 10:56 am

    too many obvious answers

  19. James Kelly June 14, 2018 1:10 pm

    I’m old enough to remember when we didn’t have pollen because you couldn’t afford to do anything about it if you did

  20. Trollie June 14, 2018 1:44 pm

    Simple if you know, some of the questions were probably very difficult for non petrol heads.

  21. Douglas Musgrove June 14, 2018 3:07 pm

    Basic knowledge like this should be part of your Driving Licence Test! (I can hear the howl of horror from here!!)

  22. Christine Davies June 14, 2018 4:40 pm

    Even impressed myself for once!

  23. John Mahoney June 14, 2018 7:33 pm

    Come on ask me something difficult!

  24. Mart June 14, 2018 8:21 pm

    Nice little quiz

  25. Jan brown June 14, 2018 8:23 pm

    Loved the challenge and surprised myself… being female

  26. Paulette Harvey June 14, 2018 9:08 pm

    I got 8out of 10 not bad for a woman in her 70th year

  27. Claire Catling June 14, 2018 9:35 pm

    9/10 ive impressed myself!

  28. Lester Haworth June 14, 2018 9:44 pm

    Good little quiz when so many motorists never open a bonnet and may be able to save money and inconvenience by so doing

  29. Liz June 15, 2018 5:13 am

    I got 7/10, they said bad luck but as I am a woman I thought that was pretty good

  30. Ian Flannery June 15, 2018 8:07 am

    Good idea to help people understand what engine parts are used for.

  31. Derek Tresadern June 15, 2018 8:12 pm

    9 out of 10. Need to get under bonnet a bit more

  32. Alan Perkins June 16, 2018 11:06 am

    Only 9 out of 10. I really must buy myself a more modern car. (Not!)

  33. Terminator June 16, 2018 7:34 pm

    10 out of 10 top banana

  34. M Daley June 17, 2018 4:19 am

    Not bad but should be better.

  35. Pauline Price June 17, 2018 6:46 am

    Excellent quiz. Think basic car maintenance ought to be included in driving test.

  36. Andy morrow June 17, 2018 8:29 am

    Improves your knowledge of car parts and exactly what the parts do

  37. jack kellett June 17, 2018 8:44 am

    some parts had me guessing

  38. Mrs Jill Scholey June 17, 2018 11:02 am

    As cars get more modern, different parts get added to what you normally see, so it’s good to keep up with the times.

  39. Adrian Lilley June 17, 2018 1:30 pm

    A really good reminder of what makes a car ‘tick’ (hopefully)

  40. Paul Dunn June 17, 2018 1:45 pm

    makes you think. very good

  41. Chris Daniels June 17, 2018 6:05 pm

    Easey peasy!

  42. Tina June 18, 2018 9:56 am

    Good quiz need my pollen filter sorted

  43. Ron Barker June 18, 2018 9:58 am

    Very good but not good enough for most car drivers. Half of them do not know what a dip stick is and where to find it or what it’s for. It’s questions like that you should be asking.

    • Paul Reader June 18, 2018 11:47 am

      Very true

    • John Cormier June 18, 2018 12:08 pm

      Trouble is Ron a lot of dipsticks are driving the vehicles.

    • Graham Witney June 21, 2018 7:03 pm

      It’s normally the dipstick that’s driving the car

  44. David Archibald June 18, 2018 12:39 pm

    Easy enough to identify all components. Quiz perhaps more suited to d.i.y.ers. than your average motorist.

  45. pam swarbrick June 18, 2018 7:21 pm

    I think I did quite well possibly a bit of guesswork but getting 8 out of 10 is OK.

  46. Lilian Mathews June 18, 2018 8:34 pm

    How can I know which questions I got wrong

  47. Margaret Findlater June 18, 2018 10:07 pm

    8/10 not bad.

  48. Rosalyn June 19, 2018 6:34 pm

    If I don`t know what I got wrong how can I better my knowledge

  49. ali June 20, 2018 10:38 am

    to easy100%

  50. Aaron June 21, 2018 9:49 pm

    It underlines them in red and gives you a hint.
    I got 8 out of 10, mainly because I have never had to change or see a fuel injector and not seen a turbo out of a car before.
    Fun quiz but lots of newish cars have so many covers over the engine they don’t want you to touch them! lol.

  51. John Trevatt June 25, 2018 9:16 pm

    100% but can’t do many repairs these days as it’s too complicated with the computer and relays and diagnostic equipment that you need

  52. James July 2, 2018 4:14 pm

    This is good , know that some people pu oil in there radiator, I got 10 out of10

  53. J Cormier. July 3, 2018 3:11 pm

    I think a tricky one to put on here would be the Indicator lever(I know it,s not an engine part)but would appear that a lot of drivers nowadays don,t know what it,s for.

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