Quiz: How long do automotive engines last?

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4 Min Quiz

True or False? Iron-block engines tend to be more durable and last longer than other types of engines.

Generally speaking, iron-block engines tend to be more durable and last longer than other types of engines because, year after year, iron is strong enough to withstand the incredible heat an engine is capable of producing.

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Which of the following statements is true?

How the car or truck is driven also affects how long the engine lasts. The harder an engine has to work, the shorter its lifespan tends to be. Applications like towing heavy loads, repeated extreme acceleration and deceleration, revving the engine past its redline or driving at top speed for long periods of time can all decrease how long an engine lasts.

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True or False? Engine longevity usually comes down to one thing: maintenance.

While the material an engine is made out of, how well it's built and how it's driven all affect how long the engine will last, engine longevity usually comes down to one thing: maintenance.

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True or False? Preventative maintenance really won't improve the longevity of any car part.

Any source of car part information will tell you that preventative maintenance is critical to the lifespan of any car part. Auto parts aren't built to last forever, but by applying the correct auto part information to maintaining your car parts -- especially the engine -- you can make sure the parts last a good long time.

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True or False? One of the most important aspects of engine maintenance is keeping the fluids the engine requires clean and fresh.

One of the most important aspects of engine maintenance is keeping the fluids the engine requires clean and fresh. The engine is the heart of the car, and its fluids are its blood. In your own body, your blood has kidneys and a liver to keep the blood clean -- aside from the oil filter, a car engine can't clean its own fluids.

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True or False? An engine's breathing ability affects its longevity.

The engine's breathing also affects how long it lasts, because if an engine can't breathe well, it has to work a lot harder. To make sure your engine can breathe properly, you need to make sure your air filter is clean. A hot engine is also something you want to avoid -- the heat wears down vital engine components -- so make sure your engine's cooling system is working well, too.

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Which of the following statements is true?

Auto parts, in general, are meant to be replaced. However, replacing an automotive engine can be difficult since they're not only big and heavy; they're also made up of lots of little parts. Plus, engines have to work with several other systems on the car, including the exhaust, cooling system, transmission and electrical system.

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True or False? Replacing an automotive engine is very expensive.

A new engine alone can cost more than $1,000, and when you add in the labor hours to remove the old engine and get the new engine into the car, you're looking at a bill that could easily top a few thousand dollars.

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Which of the following statements is true?

Dirty oil in the engine can cause major problems. Things may go fine for a while, but eventually it will lead to disaster. Even small amounts of dirt buildup over time can lessen an engine's lifespan.

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True or False? You really can't trust your car's gauges.

Pay attention to what your engine is telling you. If your car's gauges say the engine is getting too hot, the oil pressure is low, or if your check engine light is on, don't wait. Take it to a mechanic you trust.

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Many different factors affect engine longevity. How knowledgeable are you on this topic? Take this quiz and find out!

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