HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
Are You Doing Everything You Should to Take Good Care of Your Engine?
by Steven Symes
Shutterstock

An ounce of protection is worth avoiding an expensive automotive repair. How protective are you of the thing that makes your ride move? Are you a skilled shade tree mechanic, or do you just let things go and hope for the best? Maybe you land somewhere in the middle? 

Other than the transmission, the engine is the most complicated thing in your car by far. Consider the dozens and dozens of moving parts that must coordinate to avoid disaster. It takes a real expert to know not only what different components are under a car's hood, but also what each one does. A mechanical genius goes even further, knowing what could go wrong in various situations. 

The engine is about more than just valves, camshafts, and pistons. Fluids play a big part in how everything runs. How you manage those fluids determines just how well and long an engine will keep running. 

Caring for an engine isn't easy, but it's worth every last bit of effort you put into it. Find out if you're doing everything necessary, like a real master mechanic, or if you're just a hot mess. Take the quiz right now! 

Read More
Scroll to Begin Quiz

ABOUT HOWSTUFFWORKS

How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!