86% of people can't guess these 50 car parts by looking at just one image. Can you?

By: Craig

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Did you know that cars are made up of thousands of pieces, each one with its own function that needs to work correctly with all others for your vehicle to even operate? Just imagine a bad wire, a twisted cord, or the damage that old or nonexistent lubrication can cause to a system.  But, your no slouch mechanic when it comes to cars are you? You know the ins and outs of cars and what makes them run. Or, do you? This quiz has 50 essential car parts that most cars need to have to operate, or at least perform intolerable conditions. 

Do you think you can identify an AC Compressor from a blower motor just by looking at an image? You may know what an axle shaft is and what it does, but could you identify one? Do you know the difference between brake rotors and calipers? The door lock actuator is used everytime you enter and drive your car and is considered one of the best safety features every new vehicle should have. But, have you ever seen one before? Unless you've worked on a car, you may not have. 

These are the parts that help your car run and keep you safe. How many do you think you can figure out from an image? Buckle up; this quiz is going to take you on a ride!

A blower motor moves either hot or cool air (depending on your air-conditioning selection) through the vents of your car and into the cabin.

This is a major component of the braking system for your vehicle. When you apply the brakes, the brake disks clamp to the rotor, slowing the car down.

Simply put, a clutch is a connection between a vehicle's engine and its wheels. It transfers the power generated by the engine through the transmission to the wheels to make your car move forward. It also detaches the engine from the transmission when stopping.

An engine component, the camshaft is needed to open and close the engine valves. It consists of a metal shaft that is placed in line with the engine cylinders.

The crankshaft seal is a piece of rubber, found at the front of the engine. It seals the timing cover and the crankshaft's front section.

A critical part of the engine, a crankshaft transforms the reciprocating (up and down) motion of the pistons into rotational motion. This, in turn, moves your car forward.

The driveshaft connects the transmission of your vehicle with the differential. It rotates, which in turn powers the wheels through the differential to move your car forward.

This is a tiny electric motor that locks or unlocks your doors. That's actually true.

The engine control unit helps to ensure that a car's engine is running optimally and efficiently at all times. It does this by using a number of actuators.

Exhaust manifold gaskets are necessary to provide a seal between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head.

The heater core contains a winding tube that is filled with warm coolant liquid directly from the engine. This helps heat the interior of the car in cold conditions.

The ignition coil is found in a vehicle's ignition. It carries low volts from the battery and turns them into thousands of volts that cause a spark in the spark plug. This then ignites the fuel.

The intake manifold gasket produces a seal in the intake manifold. It ensures that the air-fuel mixture is directed to the correct cylinder, where it ignites and burns, creating engine power.

A range of hoses can be found all over a vehicle, including those that carry fuel, coolant and oil.

The flywheel is a heavy disk, connected to the crankshaft at the back of the engine. Its mass keeps a car's engine rotating between ignition strokes. It also provides the clutch something to latch on to, thus helping to deliver power through the transmission.

The ignition switch is the master switch in a vehicle. It supplies all the electrical components, ECU, ignition systems, and fuel systems with power. It transfers power from the battery to the starter motor, which helps turn the engine over.

A head gasket is placed between the cylinder head and the engine block. It forms a tight seal to enclose the combustion process in the engine. It also stops oil and coolant fluid from mixing.

This is a suspension link (normally hinged) that connects the chassis of the car to the hub in which the wheel is connected.

This joint is the connection between the steering knuckles and the control arm. Each joint consists of a steel bearing stud, enclosed in a casing together with a socket. It acts as a fulcrum between the suspension of a vehicle and its wheels.

Alternators in modern cars charge the battery and power the electrical system when the engine is on.

The motor mount is where the engine is secured to the body of the vehicle. It also offers a cushioned impact for the engine when riding on a bumpy road.

Piston rings serve three functions in an engine. They ensure the combustion chamber is sealed. They also increase the transfer of heat from the pistons to the cylinder wall. Finally, they help control oil consumption by collecting excess oil off the cylinder walls.

A fuel pump is needed to transfer fuel from the fuel tank to a car's engine. Without it, the car will not run.

The radiator is part of the cooling system that stops a vehicle's engine from overheating. It is filled with water.

A camshaft position sensor is critical for the synchronization of injectors, as well as the proper sequence for coils to fire. They also are needed for establishing engine speed and RPM signals, as well as setting ignition timing.

The gas cap covers the opening into the gas tank. It helps to prevent gas from evaporating out of the tank.

The mass air flow sensor calculates the mass flow rate of the air passing into a combustion engine with fuel injection. This is critical information which allows the engine control unit to deliver the right amount of fuel to the engine.

The spark from a spark plug is key in starting an engine. This spark causes combustion of the fuel and air mixture, which then starts the engine and keeps it running.

An essential part of the braking system on your car, the ABS control unit continually scans the speed of all wheels and ensures that any wheels turning slower or faster either receive reduced or more braking force when the brakes are applied. This keeps traction even at all times.

The starter motor is usually a small 12-volt DC magnet motor that is essential in starting a car when the key is turned. It has a small gear that connects to another larger one on the flywheel, which helps to turn the engine over.

The power window switch moves the power windows in a vehicle to open and close them. Each door has a switch, but the driver can operate all of the windows as well.

A muffler is mounted on the exhaust pipe in a vehicle. Its primary job is to lower the sound output of the engine.

A water pump moves coolant from the radiator through the engine's cylinder head, to keep it cool.

The wiper motor is a small motor that drives the windshield wipers on a vehicle. In Britain, this motor drives the windscreen wipers.

Axle shafts attach the car wheels to the gears and form part of the transmission, which allows the wheels to turn.

A thermostat is a small device between the radiator and the engine. It makes sure no coolant goes into the engine until it has warmed up enough.

A brake light switch is a link between your brake pedal and your brake lights. Every time you press your brake pedal, the switch is activated. which then turns your brake lights on, alerting people behind you that you are slowing down.

Brake clippers are used mainly to stop your brake pads from rattling. They are snapped into place when replacing the brake shoes on your vehicle.

The steering angle sensor forms part of the ESC system in a vehicle. It calculates both the steering wheel's position and its turn rate.

The steering rack connects to the steering wheel. It is a direct link between the tires and the steering wheel.

License plate lights are a simple set of lights, either set above or below the license plate, designed to provide illumination in the dark.

Pressure sensors are found throughout the vehicle. They measure fuel and oil pressure, for example.

This small radiator is essential in making sure the oil running through the engine is kept as cool as possible and at a regulated temperature. The oil cooler helps to ensure a smooth running engine.

The wheel speed sensor is part of the anti-lock braking system. It tells the A.B.S. unit how fast the wheels are turning and how much brake pressure to apply to stop the vehicle from veering out of control or skidding.

The air conditioning compressor is at the heart of your climate control unit. It first pressurizes the refrigerant in the system and then circulates it through the system.

Mounted inside the exhaust manifold, the oxygen sensor calculates the amount of unburned oxygen that exits through the exhaust. This is used to determine the fuel mixture. Too much oxygen and the fuel mixture is too rich, too little and it is too lean.

Shock absorbers have two main functions. They keep all four tires on the ground and they control the movement of the suspension while driving.

The temperature sensor monitors the temperature of the coolant running through the engine. That makes sense.

A carburetor has three important functions. First, it mixes fuel and air to create a combustible mixture. Second, it controls the proportion of fuel and air. Lastly, it controls the speed of the engine.

A sway bar link is the connection between the sway bar and a car's suspension. A sway bar link is the connection between the sway bar and a car's suspension.

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