Ignition Systems

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What is it?
 
The car’s ignition system is responsible for providing the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture in the engine’s cylinders.
 
What does it do?
 
The spark is created by the spark plugs, which are fed electrical current by the ignition coil. The ignition coil is powered by the battery and controlled by the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned on, it sends a signal to the ignition module, which activates the coil and causes it to create a high-voltage spark. The spark then travel through the spark plug’s electrode and into the combustion chamber, where it ignites the air/fuel mixture. The resulting explosion drives the pistons, which turn the crankshaft and power the car’s wheels.
 
Typical Wear and Tear
 
The typical wear and tear of a car’s ignition system is dependent on a number of factors, including the make and model of the vehicle, the driving habits of the owner, and the climate in which the vehicle is driven. The most common problems with ignition systems are worn spark plugs or wires. Over time, these components can become corroded or cracked, causing them to lose efficiency and eventually fail altogether. In some cases, simply replacing these parts can fix the problem. However, if the damage is more extensive, it may be necessary to replace the entire ignition system.
 
Symptoms
  • Difficulty starting the engine
  • Increase in exhaust emissions
  • Decrease in fuel economy
  • Misfiring