Quiz: The Engine Quiz
The Engine Quiz
By: Staff

About This Quiz

Is your brain smart enough to handle the workings of an internal combustion engine? Most modern cars use internal combustion engines, or the reciprocating piston engine as some call it. But engines have a long and fascinating history and have been engineered in many different shapes, sizes and styles. Do you know how many cylinders are in your engine? If you don’t, then taking this quiz is more vital than ever.

What do cylinders look like in an inline engine? How about a flat engine? What’s your knowledge of the V configuration? Your brain is perhaps already reeling, or you’re revving up with excitement for what’s about to take place.

How many strokes are in a typical engine cycle? Is diesel better then gasoline? Why did the steam engine become nearly extinct? Buckle up because you're about to turbocharge your knowledge of car engines. Already know your stuff? We want to see you prove it.

So grab your tools and get ready to get grease under your fingernails. It's time to take the engine quiz!

1 of 30
What happens if your car leaks or burns off all of its oil?
2 of 30
What are two key components of the engine cooling system in most cars?
9 of 30
A timing belt, or timing chain, links these two components:
10 of 30
In a car engine's cylinders, valves let fuel in and exhaust out. The _____ moves these valves.
15 of 30
Which of these cars features a popular example of an air-cooled engine?
16 of 30
Which of the following commonly uses air-cooled engines?
20 of 30
Aside from steam engines, what is one example of an external combustion engine today?
21 of 30
Three basic failures that can happen in an engine include bad fuel mix, lack of compression and:
22 of 30
What are three common ways to arrange an engine’s cylinders?
23 of 30
What are two other terms for engine knock?
24 of 30
What was an example of a steam-powered car?
25 of 30
What is a big advantage of a 4-cylinder engine today?
26 of 30
When a car's engine is running, power to operate the radio, CD player, headlights and windshield wipers comes from the:
27 of 30
Name one of the causes of engine knock.
28 of 30
Why does a diesel engine get better mileage than a gasoline engine?
29 of 30
A device that works on the same principle as a car engine is:
30 of 30
What’s another name for the four-stroke engine cycle?
Receive a hint after watching this short video from our sponsors.