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.

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

Quiz car parts
Try again. It'd be cool if you brushed up on your car components.

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

Quiz Car parts
Never mind. Better luck next time!

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

Quiz car parts
Never mind. Better luck next time.

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

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

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

Quiz car parts
Never mind. Inject a bit of knowledge and try again.

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

Quiz car parts
Never mind. Stay cool and you'll get the right answer.

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

Quiz Car parts
Never mind. Choose the right answer and you'll clean up.

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

Quiz car parts
Never mind. Just change down to get the right answer.

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

Quiz Car parts
Never mind. Your nose will tell you if this isn't working properly.

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

Quiz Car parts
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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