We'll Give You 3 Tools, You Tell Us What We're Fixing on a Car!

AUTO

Becky

6 Min Quiz

For what task would you need a compressed air duster, a spark park gap tool and a spark plug socket?

To replace your spark plugs, you may need a compressed air duster, a spark park gap tool and a spark plug socket. Depending on your car, you may be able to perform this task yourself, but if the plugs are too hard to reach, take your car to a professional.

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For what repair would you need a digital volt ohmmeter, a serpentine belt tool and an adjustable wrench?

You would need a digital volt ohmmeter, a serpentine belt tool and an adjustable wrench to repair or replace your alternator. You will need the serpentine belt tool to remove the serpentine belt so that you can reach the alternator.

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If you had in hand safety goggles, a wire brush and an adjustable wrench, what might you be replacing under your car's hood?

You might be replacing your car's battery if you had in hand safety goggles, a wire brush and an adjustable wrench. Remember, safety first, so make sure you have those goggles!

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To replace what would you need a wrench, latex gloves and a container?

You'd need a wrench, latex gloves and a container to replace your fuel filter. Although this is a relatively simple task, it can be messy.

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What might you be working on if you were using a floor jack, mechanic's wire and a suction gun?

You might be working on your car's brakes if you were using a floor jack, mechanic's wire and a suction gun. These are common tools to use no matter what you're doing - from brake pad replacement to rotor replacement.

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For what illuminating task would you need gloves, alcohol wipes and safety goggles?

To change your car's headlamp(s) you will need some gloves, alcohol wipes and safety goggles. Although, these days, you don't usually need to replace the entire assembly, the process isn't always as easy as it seems. And, remember... don't touch that bulb!

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What might you be doing if you were using glue, filler and an iron?

Few things are more unsightly than a ripped seat. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple repair. Just pick up a repair kit, use some glue and a hot iron, and you're back in business.

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A turkey baster, rubber gloves and an empty recycling bottle would be helpful to perform what maintenance task?

Use a turkey baster, rubber gloves and an empty recycling bottle to perform a power steering fluid replacement. You can use this method for brake fluid replacement, too, but don't use the same baster just to be on the safe side.

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Your car did not pass the emissions check. To fix it you might need pliers, gloves and a dab of motor oil. What do you need to fix?

If your car didn't pass the emissions check, the pcv valve may be to blame. This is a simple repair, and all you'll need is a pair of pliers, gloves and a dab of motor oil (to help the new valve into place).

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If you were preparing your work area with a shop vac, a screwdriver and safety goggles, what might you be getting ready to do under the hood?

If you were preparing your work area with a shop vac, a screwdriver and safety goggles, what might you be getting ready to replace the engine air filter. For most people, this is pretty simple to do and takes just a few minutes.

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For what task might you use a spray lubricant, paper towels and glass cleaner?

Have you ever noticed that your power windows drag when you open or close them? This is actually a major repair waiting to happen. Lubricate the tracks now or you'll be replacing the cables later.

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For what simple maintenance task would you need a floor jack, drain pan and gloves?

If you were going to change your motor oil, you'd need a floor jack, a drain pan and some gloves. You would also need some jack stands, For some vehicles, you might need special tools, so you might want to visit your neighborhood drive-through oil change center.

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A micro applicator, gloves and safety glasses would help you make your car look better. What are you doing?

A micro applicator, gloves and safety glasses would be things you'd use to fix those annoying and unsightly dings in your paint job. Catch them early though, because you don't want to deal with rust later on.

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Cables, safety glasses and another car would be needed to do what?

Although most newer cars have auto shutoffs for the headlights, there still might be a time when you need to jump your car's battery. If your alternator is bad, the battery might be draining faster than normal. Always carry a set of jumper cables in your car so that you can get going again.

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For what repair would you need sandpaper, filler and plastic applicators?

To do simple dent and ding repairs, you'll need sandpaper, filler and plastic applicators. You'll also need some touch-up paint to go over your repair once you're done.

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For what insightful repair would you use needle nose pliers, a towel and a pair of gloves?

If you were going to change your windshield wiper blades, you'd need a pair of needle nose pliers, a towel and a pair of gloves. And don't forget to have a set of new blades on hand before you begin.

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What might you be doing if you have gotten out your impact wrench, handheld torque wrench and gloves?

An impact wrench, torque wrench and gloves are useful tools for rotating your tires or changing out your summer tires for your winter treads. Just don't use the impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts or you could crack something.

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If you went to your car's trunk and got out the jack, the tire iron and some safety goggles or gloves, what might you be preparing to do?

If you went to your car's trunk and got out the jack, the tire iron and some safety goggles or gloves, you might be preparing to replace a tire. You can avoid an unexpected tire replacement to a point by making sure that your tires are in good shape and that they are properly inflated.

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For what task will you need an air hammer, a socket and a wrench?

Few things are more frustrating than being unable to complete a simple repair because the nuts and bolts have become rusted to the car. Rather than beating it with a hammer (the bolt, not the car), use this common trick instead.

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What beautification project might you be planning if you had a screwdriver, wire brush and a pair of safety goggles?

Rusty, pitted rims can take away from the good looks of your car. Set up for this weekend project by gathering these tools.

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For what flush alternative task would you need pliers, a screwdriver and safety goggles?

For a full flush, see a professional, but for a radiator drain and fluid replacement, you'll need pliers, a screwdriver and some safety goggles. A full flush isn't often necessary, but there are a few things you'll need to know for the drain and replace, so do your homework first.

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If you've gathered your socket set, drill and gloves, what might you be getting ready to do?

Even the best of us have occasionally cracked a wheel stud. We're stronger than we think. Don't worry if you've committed this faux pas, just get out your socket set and your gloves and go to work. Keep the drill in reserve in case you've done more damage than you think you did.

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You might use a socket set, pliers and a drip pan to perform what fix?

If your car is prone to overheating, you might have a bad thermostat. Luckily, you won't need any special tools to switch out the defective thermostat for a new one.

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If you were using a breaker bar, wrenches and an angle gauge, what might you be doing?

Not too many people are up to replacing the struts in their vehicle, but you can save money by doing it yourself. Just remember to have the right tools, or this is going to be a nearly impossible job.

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For what simple project would you use a test light, pliers and safety glasses?

You probably change the fuses in your home, and you can do so in your car as well. You'll need a test light, fuse puller and a pair of safety glasses. If you don't have a fuse puller, you can use a pair of pliers.

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For what simple repair would you use sandpaper, polishing paste and a polishing cloth?

You can buff up the clear coat of your headlights with a little sandpaper, polishing paste and a polishing cloth. If you're on a budget, though, we've heard that toothpaste works well, too.

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You might use pliers, safety glasses and plastic gloves to perform what cooling task?

It's a real bummer when your air conditioning is not quite as cold as it used to be. You can do a quick recharge of the system yourself with just a few simple tools, and you can buy the recharging kit at your local auto supply store.

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For what big repair would you need a wrench set, a socket set and some penetrating oil?

If your car clunks as it rolls down the road, you may have a problem with your sway bar end links (among other things!). You'll need to get out your wrenches and sockets to solve this problem.

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What clarity issue might you be working on if you have an air compressor, air hose and some rags?

Your washer fluid system is not exactly a closed system, and sometimes dirt and dust can muck up the works. Never fear, this is an easy fix. Just gather the simple tools above and clear out that clog.

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You might use an antenna wrench, screwdriver and side cutters to repair what?

It does happen; sometimes an antenna can get stuck. Whether it is the motor or the antenna itself, you'll just need these simple tools to fix the problem.

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What emissions-related fix would require some rags, a shop vac and a socket/ratchet?

To clean an EGR valve, you'll need some rags, a shop vac and a socket/ratchet set. This valve can become clogged with carbon, but cleaning it is relatively simple.

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What repair would require a putty knife, rubber mallet and a socket set?

We all know that gaskets aren't expensive, but the expense of replacing them is sometimes the cost of labor to get to a hard-to-reach gasket. Luckily the valve cover gasket is an easy fix, but you'll need to make sure that you have the right tools.

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Duct tape, speedometer cable and a shop vac would help you perform a simple task that might keep your head from getting wet?

Duct tape, speedometer cable and a shop vac would all be helpful tools that you'd need to repair your car's sunroof. In many cases, if the sunroof is leaking, you can troubleshoot and fix the problem yourself.

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You might use a paintbrush, furniture polish and an old rag to do what?

Use a small artist's paintbrush, a squirt of furniture polish and an old rag to clean out your car's air vents. They can be a hidden source of allergens in your car.

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To replace what would you need a flathead screwdriver, socket and a lift support clamp?

You would need a flathead screwdriver, socket and lift support clamp to replace the lifts for your car's hood. The good news is that hoods used to be much heavier than they are now.

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About This Quiz

Are you a weekend mechanic, or are you a professional? Either way, we're going to assume that, as often as possible, you use the correct tools to perform repairs and maintenance on your car (and, yes, we are also talking about safety glasses and gloves!). If this is you, then you probably know the names of these tools. So, we've compiled a list of recognizable car repairs and maintenance tasks that you should be able to identify just by the mention of three of the tools you'll need to do them. Are you up to the task? 

Although some tools and repair instructions are specific to the vehicle, many are not. If you haven't given up altogether on fixing your own car, then you likely know which tools to use for which job. And, if your significant other complains about the number of tools you have - after all, a wrench is a wrench, right? - then you have probably had to explain why you need a garage full of the right tools for the job. There are literally thousands of things that might need to be fixed on your car, and there are probably just as many tools to perform these tasks.

Let's get started to find out how much you know about automotive tools and car repairs.

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