Are You Handy In The Garage?

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When things go a little haywire, do you: a. call in professional help, or b. do you roll up your sleeves, open your toolbox, and do things yourself? If you answered b., this quiz might be for you. Do you spend your free time on the couch in front of the TV, or in the garage, with you torque wrenches, ohmmeters, and air compressors? If you answered "the garage", this quiz might be for you.

Do you know the difference between a torque wrench, an Allen wrench, and a crowfoot wrench? If you do, you might stand a chance. Last, but not least, do you own a pair of steel-toed shoes? If you do, go ahead and give this quiz a try! It's time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. We aren't messing around!

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1. What does a car engine's intake valve do?

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  1. Let air in
  2. Let air out
A vehicle's intake valve lets air in. The exhaust valve lets air out. The more a vehicle can move air in and out of the engine, the more efficient the vehicle becomes.
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2. What is Dan using?

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  1. A james
  2. A jack
  3. A jim
  4. A john
Dan is using a Jack! Jacks use leverage to lift heavy items like cars off the ground. Everyone who owns a vehicle should have one in case of an emergency.
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3. What does the spark plug do?

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  1. Reduce driving turbulence
  2. Ignite fuel in the engine's combustion chamber
Your car has one spark plug per cylinder. Spark plugs ignite fuel in the engine's combustion chamber. Signs that your spark plugs are malfunctioning include: lack of acceleration, hard starts, and engine misfires.
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4. What kind of liquid has leaked onto the garage floor?

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  1. Oil
  2. Radiator Fluid
  3. Antifreeze
  4. Water
Antifreeze! If you have an antifreeze leak, that's a sign that something's worn out or not properly attached in your car!
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5. When should you install new brake pads?

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  1. Every 200 miles
  2. You hear squealing noises when you engage the breaks
Here are some signs you might need new brake pads: deep, low noises that sound like metal grinding; squealing or screeching noises; and whining noises.
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6. Identify your car's fender:

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  1. A
  2. B
A! Your fender frames your car's wheel, preventing sand, mud, rocks, and liquids from being thrown into the tire.
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7. What is Sam replacing?

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  1. The car's taillight
  2. The car's fender
Taillights should turn on when your headlights turn on, automatically. Your taillights will turn on when your vehicle is running if your vehicle is automatic.
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8. Which of the following icons indicates low tire pressure?

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  1. C
  2. D
  3. A
  4. B
C! When you see the icon light up, you'll know that your tire pressure is too low and it may not be safe to drive.
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9. What should you look for when inspecting your engine?

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  1. Check the coolant level
  2. Check the car's insulation
Warning! It's very dangerous to attempt to work on a vehicle with a hot engine. Burns are not uncommon and can send you to the emergency room quite easily. When checking the engine look for: oil level, oil condition, positive crankcase ventilation circuit condition, coolant levels, and automatic transmission fluid level and condition.
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10. When color is your car's transmission fluid if healthy?

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  1. Reddish-pink
  2. Clear
Transmission fluid should usually be reddish-pink in color. If your transmission fluid is brownish-red, it's time for a change. If it's dark brown or black, you may be time for some serious repairs!
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11. How can you remove rust from your garage tools?

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  1. With vinegar
  2. With vegetable oil
Simply soak rusty toil in vinegar, and then stcrub them with steel wool.
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12. Which fluid should you pour into your car's radiator?

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  1. Oil
  2. Coolant
  3. Washer Fluid
  4. Brake Fluid
Radiator fluid is antifreeze coolant! Tip: never add coolant to a hot engine. If you do, you might crack your engine block.
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13. What kind of car part are you looking at?

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  1. Run belt
  2. Dashboard
  3. Emergency break
  4. Piston
Pistons are parts of the car's internal combustion engine. They work to convert fuel into energy.
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14. There's a nail in your tire! Should you pull it out right away?

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  1. No, not unless you can fix it immediately
  2. Yes, absolutely!
No! When the nail pierces your tire, the hole it makes will be partially sealed by the nail itself. Pulling the nail out would let the air out, giving you a flat tire and a harder repair job.
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15. To diminish the intensity of bumps on the road, you have one of THESE under your car:

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  1. Sock cushions
  2. Shock absorbers
Shock absorbers! Where can you find them? In your vehicle's suspension systems.
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16. To tighten and loosen bolts, find yourself a...

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  1. Irwin Vise-Grip
  2. A socket wrench
  3. Needle nose pliers
  4. A screw driver
A set of socket wrenches are pretty important for any automotive work. For the most part, people call these ratchets since the majority of them operate with a ratcheting action, although they don't necessarily have to do so.
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17. What is Fred doing?

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  1. Removing the engine
  2. Jump-starting the engine
Fred's jump-starting the engine. Remember to connect the red (positive) jumper cable to the positive terminal of the battery.
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18. Check your tire's tread with THIS everyday item...

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  1. A key
  2. A dollar bill
  3. A credit card
  4. A penny
To check the state of your tire, turn a penny -- head down -- and stick it in the tread. If you can see the penny's entire head, your tires need to be replaced.
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19. What are the biggest dangers to car batteries?

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  1. Acid stratification
  2. Factory defects
Heat is a much bigger threat to a car's battery than the cold. Car owners who live in hot climates should test their batteries every two years, while those who live in cold climates can check theirs every four years. Car batteries often fail due to acid stratification. How? Batteries stratify when driving shortdistances with electrical devices running (think heaters and windshield wipers).
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20. A high-pitched screeching noise when turning the steering wheel likely indicates:

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  1. Coolant in the power steering fluid
  2. Air in the power steering fluid
Air in the power steering fluid. When air enters the system, air bubbles form in the system's hydraulic fluid, this will compress the system's pump and may cause failure.
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21. When should you use a torque wrench?

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  1. To tighten tire bolts
  2. To loosen tire bolts
A torque wrench is used to tighten bolts, but not to loosen bolts! Always reset your torque wrench to the lowest value at the end of each day.
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22. What kind of liquid is leaking from this car?

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  1. Oil
  2. Coffee
  3. Coolant
  4. Transmission Fluid
It's oil! Don't ignore it. Doing so may wear down your seals or rubber hoses. Ignoring an oil leak is also a major fire hazard.
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23. In what auto-shop situation might you use a pry bar?

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  1. To open a auto window
  2. To open the hood of a car
  3. Take off a hubcap
  4. To open a the trunk of a car
You can use a pry bar to pry things apart-- for example, to take off a hubcap.
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24. Which of these parts would you use to check your oil?

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  1. C
  2. D
  3. A
  4. B
Motor oil is generally light-colored and transparent. If the oil on the dipstick appears black, it’s a sign that you’re due for an oil (and oil filter) change. Beware light brown and milky oil: this may be a sign that your coolant is leaking into the crankcase.
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25. What is Peter measuring?

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  1. Car oil levels
  2. Electrical current
Electrical currents! If you're going to do what peter's doing, set your meter to 0-20 volts, then connect the meter leads across the battery terminals. Your battery should read between 11 to 12 volts. Anything below 10 means trouble.
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26. Revolutions per minute are controlled by THIS car part:

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  1. Radiator
  2. Shock absorbers
  3. Crankshaft
  4. Muffler
In vehicles, RPM (revolutions per minute) measures how many times the engine's crankshaft makes a full rotation every minute.
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27. What do a tire's hubcaps protect?

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  1. Lug nuts from rust and corrosion
  2. The rubber from wear and tear
Hubcaps protect your tire's lug nuts from rust and corrosion.
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28. If your car brake fluid is dark...

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  1. Change it
  2. That's normal
Change it! Dark colors indicate contamination or the absorption of moisture. Normal brake fluid is clear or light-gold in color.
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29. OBD2 scanner scans for what?

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  1. All of the follwoing
  2. Throttle
  3. Coolant
  4. Crankshaft
OBD2 stands for onboard diagnostics II. An ODB2 scanner can provide you with information about a car’s air temperature, coolant, crankshaft, road speed, and throttle, among other things.
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30. Use a "vise" to

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  1. To cut through copper
  2. Secure something into place while you are working on it
A vise holds something into place, allowing you to work on it with both hands so that you can work on it. It's particularly useful for securing objects that you have to cut through.
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31. To tell if a circuit has a break, you'll need a(n):

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  1. Palm-meter
  2. Tommeter
  3. Calm-meter
  4. Ohmmeter
You'll need an ohmmeter! You can use an ohmmeter to measure electrical resistance and check if a circuit has a break.
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32. To inflate your tires, you'll need a(n):

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  1. Air compressor
  2. Screw pump
Use your air compressor to inflate your car tires. Air compressors are also great for drying car parts that you've just washed.
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33. What kind of toes should your shoes have while working in a garage?

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  1. Steeltoe
  2. Waterproof
Steeltoe boots are essential safety equipment for garages filled with heavy tools.
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34. What can a multimeter do?

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  1. Test a car battery's charge
  2. Test a car's air filtration system
Use a multimeter to test a car's battery charge. Any basic multimeter is capable of reading volts, currents, and impedance of electrical systems.
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35. Why did your "check engine" light come on?

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  1. Your water pump failed
  2. A loose fuel cap
Among the reasons your "check engine" light may have come on are: an oxygen sensor may need to be replaced, and a loose fuel cap. The cap prevents gasoline fumes from escaping the tank and keeps the entire car's system under the correct pressure.
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36. Identify the sign your car's exhaust system is not working:

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  1. Rattling noises
  2. Odorless exaust
Signs your car's exhaust system are not working include: roaring, hissing, chugging, rattling, rust, and reduced fuel efficiency.
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37. NEVER store the following in a garage:

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  1. Nails
  2. A water hose
  3. A motorcycle
  4. Propane Tanks
Be safe. Don't store propane tanks in your garage! Why? They are major fire hazards.
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38. A car's tachometer displays revolutions per minute. What does a car's velocimeter display?

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  1. How fast the car is going
  2. How much wind resistence the car faces
  3. How much oil the car has left
  4. How many miles the car has driven
The tachometer shows the vehicle's revolutions per minute. It can usually be found on the dashboard, next to the speedometer, or velocimeter, which shows how fast a car is driving in miles or kilometers per hour.
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39. Avoid fires! A good rule of thumb when doing repair work in the garage is to:

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  1. Plug one appliance in per outlet
  2. Wear waterproof clothing
Plug in only one appliance per outlet. If you want to take extra precautions, don't use extension cords.
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40. When describing a vehicle, "4 speed automatic" refer to its...

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  1. Transmission
  2. Motor power
It's transmission! What is an automatic transmission? A mechanism capable of shifting a vehicle's gear without requiring the driver to do so manually.
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41. Use an auto stethoscope to...

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  1. Listen to a car's engine
  2. Listen to a car's steering mechanism
Auto stethoscopes allow mechanics to listen to the car's engine and distinguish problematic sounds.
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42. What is Fred using to change the tires?

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  1. A glue gun
  2. A nail gun
  3. A pneumatic gun
  4. A caulking gun
Pneumatic tools are handy tire changers! They are relatively low-cost and they are also relatively light tools to use.
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43. What is Tim doing?

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  1. Pouring antifreeze into the radiator
  2. Pouring oil into car's motor
Tim's pouring oil into his car's motor. Remember, if you're going to change your oil, make sure your engine's temperature is cool.
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44. Why should you change your car's oil periodically?

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  1. So that the brakes keep working
  2. So that your car will run faster
  3. So that it doesn't clog your engine
  4. So that your car smells good
As it gets older, oil collects heat, varnish, and carbons, making it more and more sludge-like. A sludge-like oil is prone to clog your engine. Change it before that happens!
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45. What's a quick fix for broken glass on a windshield?

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  1. Inject an epoxy or acrylic compound into the chip
  2. Melt the glass together with a blow torch
Some chips can be easily repaired by injecting an epoxy or acrylic compound into it. Doing so earlier rather than later might save you from having to replace the entire window or windshield.
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46. When you press the accelerator, do you let in more or less air into the engine?

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  1. Less air
  2. More air
When a person presses the gas pedal, they start a process that allows more air and fuel into the engine, which makes the vehicle move faster.
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47. In what surprising situation can fog lights be useful for?

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  1. Blowing sand
  2. Extreme heat
You may think fog lights are only useful for... fog, but they are also useful in limited-visibility situations such as rainfall, snowstorms, and sandstorms.
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48. Jason is adjusting the car's...

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  1. Battery
  2. Engine
Battery! Did you know that car batteries are the most recycled consumer products in the world?
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49. Blue smoke from your car's tail pipe indicates:

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  1. You've got water damage
  2. Your engine is burning oil
Blue smoke is an indication that your engine is burning oil. This happens when there is an oil leak, and oil escapes into the combustion chamber.
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50. When needed, clean your car battery with:

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  1. A water/baking soda paste
  2. Bleach
Car batteries don't require much maintenance, but it should be checked for build-ups or leaks. If there is a mineral build-up, scrub it off with a brush. If needed, you can mix a very small amount of water with some baking soda and use a toothbrush to gently scrub the battery's terminals and clamps.
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