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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#7. 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.

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

Never mind. Better luck next time!

#9. 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.

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

Never mind. Better luck next time.



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

  1. Carl Holt 11/06/2018 7:06 PM

    Thank you I enjoyed it

  2. raymond jamieson 11/06/2018 7:59 PM

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

  3. bill harding 12/06/2018 9:08 AM

    very good

  4. Dave Barnard 12/06/2018 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 12/06/2018 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 12/06/2018 7:19 PM

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

  7. karl wilkins 12/06/2018 8:12 PM

    that was fun 10/10

  8. Sue Aldworth 13/06/2018 7:58 AM

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

  9. David Buckland 13/06/2018 9:49 AM

    Didnt think i would get them all right but i did

  10. John Cormier 13/06/2018 6:56 PM

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

  11. Brian Robinson. 13/06/2018 6:56 PM

    Good fun.

  12. Rosemary Pemberton 13/06/2018 7:58 PM

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

  13. Michael olds 13/06/2018 8:09 PM

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

  14. Trevor Eyles 13/06/2018 9:05 PM

    common sense to an experienced motorist

  15. Jean-Pierre Mairey 14/06/2018 8:35 AM

    It was very easy

  16. Reg Carey 14/06/2018 9:27 AM

    Just shows you what we need to know

  17. Barnry 14/06/2018 9:53 AM

    Didn’t tell me the one I got wrong.

  18. Colin Baslington 14/06/2018 10:56 AM

    too many obvious answers

  19. James Kelly 14/06/2018 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 14/06/2018 1:44 PM

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

  21. Douglas Musgrove 14/06/2018 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 14/06/2018 4:40 PM

    Even impressed myself for once!

  23. John Mahoney 14/06/2018 7:33 PM

    Come on ask me something difficult!

  24. Mart 14/06/2018 8:21 PM

    Nice little quiz

  25. Jan brown 14/06/2018 8:23 PM

    Loved the challenge and surprised myself… being female

  26. Paulette Harvey 14/06/2018 9:08 PM

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

  27. Claire Catling 14/06/2018 9:35 PM

    9/10 ive impressed myself!

  28. Lester Haworth 14/06/2018 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 15/06/2018 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 15/06/2018 8:07 AM

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

  31. Derek Tresadern 15/06/2018 8:12 PM

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

  32. Alan Perkins 16/06/2018 11:06 AM

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

  33. Terminator 16/06/2018 7:34 PM

    10 out of 10 top banana

  34. M Daley 17/06/2018 4:19 AM

    Not bad but should be better.

  35. Pauline Price 17/06/2018 6:46 AM

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

  36. Andy morrow 17/06/2018 8:29 AM

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

  37. jack kellett 17/06/2018 8:44 AM

    some parts had me guessing

  38. Mrs Jill Scholey 17/06/2018 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 17/06/2018 1:30 PM

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

  40. Paul Dunn 17/06/2018 1:45 PM

    makes you think. very good

  41. Chris Daniels 17/06/2018 6:05 PM

    Easey peasy!

  42. Tina 18/06/2018 9:56 AM

    Good quiz need my pollen filter sorted

  43. Ron Barker 18/06/2018 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 18/06/2018 11:47 AM

      Very true

    • John Cormier 18/06/2018 12:08 PM

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

    • Graham Witney 21/06/2018 7:03 PM

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

  44. David Archibald 18/06/2018 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 18/06/2018 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 18/06/2018 8:34 PM

    How can I know which questions I got wrong

  47. Margaret Findlater 18/06/2018 10:07 PM

    8/10 not bad.

  48. Rosalyn 19/06/2018 6:34 PM

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

  49. ali 20/06/2018 10:38 AM

    to easy100%

  50. Aaron 21/06/2018 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 25/06/2018 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 02/07/2018 4:14 PM

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

  53. J Cormier. 03/07/2018 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.

  54. Ed 31/05/2023 6:50 PM

    Easy but where is the answers

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