An electrical system that handles the spark component of the ignition process. Ignition systems are comprised of but not limited to ignition coils, ECU, signal generators, spark plugs and wires, distributor mechanisms, points, condensers and sensors.

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Car turning itself off in highway

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina and I was just wondering if someone here has had any experience like mine. Today I was driving on the highway and then suddenly the car had turned itself off ...
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My Yamaha cut off while idling and now there is no power

I Started my FZR600 this morning for work. Normal crank. As I lowered the choke it started to die out so I tried to give it some throttle but it didn't help. The bike cut off completely. Checked all ...
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How much current should my car draw with the ignition on?

With the ignition fully off, my current draw is pretty much zero, but with the ignition on (to be clear - engine not spinning, starter motor not engaged) it increases to 2.5 amps (at about 11.5v, ...
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Car will not start Sometimes?

Hey i just wanted to ask about my girlfriends car she has been having problems with for over a year.. we had it checked but they always say nothing is wrong (usually because the car starts when they ...
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Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno

I have a little Uno inherited from my dad. Just before he passed away he was having trouble getting it to start, and before that, having it die on a drive somewhere, even close. I would now like to ...
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One Key Starts, Two Others Don't

As of yesterday, my wife's key no longer starts our 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The key turns fine, all electrical accessories work, but the starter is never engaged. My key (an original) works fine. I ...
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VW Bora - Misfire on cylinder 2

It starts every time and the engine shakes badly in higher gears. However, if I turn the engine on and off MANY times it will eventually kick back in and run as it should. So frustrating. Any ...
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What is an acceptable amount of up/down play in a distributor shaft?

1995 Chevy S-10 Blazer - 4.3 L Vortec V6 (vin W with PCM) - This is the distributor style with vertical cap posts. 230,000 miles original owner. EDIT: Please click on link below to see a photo ...
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OK to use non-OEM/aftermarket camshaft position sensor?

I have a 2002 2.4L 4cyl Mitsubishi Galant with the error code to replace the camshaft position sensor. The car is having starting issues common with a faulty cam sensor. I know where the sensor is, ...
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Is there any particular difficulty in replacing Ignition coils in a BMW 528i?

My mechanic tells me that he has to replace the 6 ignition coils in my 1998 BMW 528i - he wants $800 to do it. I can get new coils online for about $30 each, and it seems to me that I could put them ...
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Toyota Sienna 2005 ignition switch issue?

Takes some time to start up Sienna. Have to take out the key, put it back, wiggle it around, eventually it starts. When it just started happening, we took it the Toyota Dealer and they replaced the ...
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How does the ignition system control the Energy of the spark?

An automotive ignition system needs to provide a specific amount of energy to properly ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Energy = voltage * amperage * duration. A specific ...
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Frequent spark plug change

I have a Hyundai Tucson , 2008 model. About 20 months ago while my wife was driving the car, some smoke come out and she stopped the car and they tow it. (She doesn't remember white or black smoke) ...
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'95 Chevy Blazer suddenly refuses to start

While driving my '95 Chevy Blazer (4.3L V6) on the highway, I pulled off to use a rest stop. The engine was (and has) been running/starting well, and upon returning to leave, the engine would not ...
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Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla It started to have starting problem a few weeks ago. If I didn't drive my car for 1 or 2, the car won't start. The only way to start the car is to turn the steering wheel ...
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Misfire in cylinder 4

About 8 months ago my engine light came on, and after pulling the code it was a misfire in cylinder 4. My vehicle is a 2004 Mazda MPV, and only has 60K miles on it. Everyone I talked to was skeptical ...
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How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last (on average)?

I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but ...
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03 chevy impala- I have a bad misfire

When I push on the gas it hesitates to go. The check engine light starts flashing but once it gets rolling its gone. I change the spark plugs, put in a gas treatment, shot some B-12 in it and ...
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Car won't unlock with remote and won't start? Toyota Camry 1999

My sister gave me this car for school and she told me this happens a lot. Her mechanic friend says it's an alarm problem and my alarm is locked. Unfortunately her and her friend live on the opposite ...
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Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?

I've worked in the motorcycle industry for a while. I've heard ridiculous claims of something called a "skeleton key" which could turn any ignition to "on". Does something like this really exist? Is ...
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mercury milan key stuck in ignition, shifter will not come out of park

2007 Mercury Milan At first the key was stuck in the ignition. Now it wont shift out of park. Are these 2 issues related? Will installing a new shifter kit fix both issues?
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what happens when you hit engine button on a keyless ignition?

My car is a keyless ignition and as such just has a button I press to have it start. My question is... what happens if I hit it while I'm driving?
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Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears

The other day my '03 Ford Fiesta suddenly failed in 4th gear when I changed from 3rd to 4th. My revs shot right up reaching roughly 5000 without any acceleration then after a few seconds the revs went ...
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Car won't start, lights and electronics flicker

Ford Focus. When i turn the ignition, the engine will not start. The lights and electronics will flicker while i am turning the ignition. I do not hear the engine "turning over". What is my issue? ...
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Rattling/tinkling noise under load - is this knocking/pinking/misfiring?

I have 99 SEAT Ibiza, which was until quite recently owned and driven by my mother. It's therefore been well cared for, but was hardly ever given a good run or allowed to get warm. On its last major ...
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How do I troubleshoot a vehicle that won't start?

My 2000 Chevy truck lights all come on like normal but won't start there is nothing . I hooked 2 wires to the starter and hit them together and it started. Any idea what the problem is
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Normal oil and fuel consumption for MkIV Golf 1.4l?

Vehicle: 2002 VW Golf (German) Engine: 1.4 liter, gasoline 75 hp Odometer: 60k miles / 100k km Fuel consumption: 29-33 MPG / 7-8 liters/100km Oil used: 5W30 ...
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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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What to do if 2010 Chevy HHR key is stuck in run position?

The key in my 2010 Chevy HHR automatic will not turn back to the OFF position. It is stuck in the RUN position with the car on. What is the cause of this problem? How can I shut off the car?
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What is a vibrator on a Model T ignition coil for?

In this post here What vehicle does this ancient ignition coil fit? there is a device that is cited in @paulster2's response that is called a 'vibrator'. Here's the diagram from his answer where ...
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How is Dodge Spark Advance Controlled by the PCM if there is a Distributor?

The Chilton manual for the late 90s and early 2000s Durango and RAM says that PCM controls ignition timing and spark advance. I don't understand this, because these motors are equipped with a ...
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What is a TACH LEAD?

What is a TACH LEAD on this picture?
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Which operations are done when key is turned to On position?

I would like to know which operations or functions does the car do when I turn the key to On position (the key position before starting the engine) in gas engine and in diesel engine. For example, in ...
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Car not starting easily in the cold?

I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old. Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, ...
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My car won't crank

I started my car the other day and turned the car off. When I tried starting it back up it wouldn't crank. I took the key out and my dashboard gauges would stay on. I can start it up by the ...
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What is the State of the Ignition Pin of a Vehicle?

I got a Vehicle Tracking Unit, The Connection required is Red - +12V Black - GND Green - Ignition. I need to test the unit before putting it into the car. So to simulate the ignition procedure, what ...
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Prolonged ignition

My car, Megane '98 1.6e Petrol Hatch, started to take a long time to ignite. At first I thought that the fuel does not reach the chambers because I always have to park it in places with big incline, ...
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Can I program a new aftermarket FOB for 2005 Mercedes benz c320?

I recently bought a 2005 Mercedes benz c320 at an auction and when I went to pick it up, I was informed that it did not come with a FOB due to the fact that the previous owner had not turned it in ...
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2008 VW Golf - no ignition lights on dash

I have a 2008 Golf 2.0 TDi GT with no ignition lights on the dash. I put the key in the switch and turned but nothing happened. The battery is fully charged, the key fob has a new battery and ...
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2007 S40 - Accessory Delay (5 secs) when turning the Key to Position II

My son's 2007 S40 has an accessory delay of 5 (secs). The lights and indicators ultimately come on. The car has no problem starting and runs nice. The dealer says it needs a new ignition. An ...
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Pontiac Sunfire mysteriously won't start

So, here's the deal: -No lights, no noise, no clicking. -Battery voltage reads fine on multimeter. Terminals are very clean and not corroded. -But it won't jump start. -Headlights turn on. -Fuses are ...
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Cannot get Kubota tractor engine to fire

I have a Kubota T2080 lawn tractor. It has a basic 2-cylinder gasoline naturally aspirated engine. I let it sit last winter and now that it's the spring, I cannot get the engine to fire. The electric ...
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Truck won't crank; no sound from starter relays

I have a 1997 Expedition, which badly needed a tune up: the motor was shaking. I changed the plugs, which stopped the shaking; two days later the truck won't start. The battery is hot and the lights ...
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No spark either side

Engine won't start but turns over. 4 cyl with 8 spark plugs all eight produce no spark while cranking. I have an 1989 ford ranger xlt 2wd 4 cyl. During the crazy cold spell here in northern ...
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My 96 honda civic will not start please help!

Ok I will try to make this quick and short as much as I can. so a couple weeks ago I put the drivers side power door on my 96 Honda civic hatch. everything went well until a couple of days ago I tried ...
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Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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Sluggish Acceleration, Minor Surging

I have a 2000 Infiniti i30 with 160K miles that is in fantastic shape. I purchased it from a mechanic who had gotten it from a customer who basically ended up not wanting it. The mechanic replaced the ...
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starting issuse 2007 F350 6.0 diesel

When its cold out intermittently when starting the vehicle and then shutting it off the vehicle will start to crank with it in the off position. With the vehicle in the off position the starter should ...
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ford mondeo v6 st24

Just wondering if anyone can help as we have this Mondeo and all of a sudden all the ignition went and have no power at all. Any suggestions as to what it might be? All the fuses are fine and still ...
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2004 ford taurus - screeching sound when attempting to start the car

To start, I know nothing about cars aside from how to drive them. I have a pre owned 2004 ford taurus with 60000 miles. Recently, it has been making a screeching noise when I turn the key to start the ...