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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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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96 corolla: is there a way to break steering wheel lock with only minimal damage?

Long story short - after diagnosing my 96 corolla with a blown head gasket (thanks to the members this community), it now needs to be moved to a final resting place where I will hack away at its ...
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Unable to start engine - unable to unlock ignition key Citroen C3

I have just bought a citroen C3 and much to my horror was unable to turn the key in the ignition this evening. Had to wait about 10 minutes until it finally gave way. Anyone else experienced a ...
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Citroen Xsara 2002

I drove my Xsara early this morning, got back in 2-3 hours later and NOTHING!! Dash lights, headlights, etc. are fine – so battery has power. What could be the issue to happen so suddenly and are ...
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Starting issue with 2007 F350 6.0 diesel

Intermittently, when it's cold out and I'm starting starting the vehicle and then shutting it off the vehicle will start to crank while the key is in the off position. With the vehicle in the off ...
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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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2003 Honda Accord - Intermittent no start/no crank

2003 Honda Accord, everything lights up fine but it has a really strange “groaning” noise, kinda quietly. Then after a few tries it starts up perfectly fine. Sometimes it starts up first time, ...
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2000 Toyota Tacoma - Won't start and it isn't the battery

2000 Toyota Tacoma When I put the key in it just turns and won't start. It isn't the battery. It seems like it isn't catching for it to start. Could I need a new key or ignition switch?
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2004 Malibu not starting

I have a 2004 Chevy Malibu. having starting problem; it turns over and act like it is starting, then dies after a few seconds. Have noticed that it started before,but when i put it in drive it died ...
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Citroen jumper buss key code sign in dash

CITROËN JUMPER BUSS (230P) 2.5 TD (76 KW,1996) I have this van, which is constantly showing orange key (code) sign in the dash. The thing is it use to happen in last few weeks but I could get away ...
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How Does a Person End Up With Their Timing “180 Out”?

I have a 1969 Ford Thunderbird 429 Thunderjet and replaced the distributor with a stock distributor with a Pertronix electronic ignition. In the process of troubleshooting why it wouldn't start, we ...
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holden jackaroo won't kick over until the third attempt

I've just bought a holden jackaroo and the last 3 days in the morning I have tried to start it but it doesn't even try to kick over but normally on the third try it starts like there is nothing wrong, ...
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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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1994 honda civic ex 1.6L vtec

I need help please car was running fine all day no problems I go out at night to go to store try to start the car all I get is a click noise and nothing battery is new new plug distributor rotor ...
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LEXUS ES300 '99

Ok so im having a problem that been happening for about 3 weeks. At one time we were at the movie drive in and my car died after 10min. Lights were all coming on and it would make several clicking ...
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Jeep stalls after about 10-15 minutes driving or idling

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited This just started yesterday. Instance#1: After about 10-15 of driving (note: It had been about 12 hrs since it was last used) I was waiting at a traffic light when ...
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Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

Every now and then when I get home after a long day, I pull into my driveway and while the car is stopped (foot on the brake), I turn the vehicle off without putting the vehicle in "Park". Car is ...
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Spark plug gaps - manufacturer or shop manual recomendation?

So I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 OHV Engine and I recently replaced the spark plugs. The thing is, the original recommended spark plugs have a gap of 0.52-0.56, which is what is recommended in ...
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Honda Civic- no start-no crank

I have a 1989 Honda Civic DX Hatchback. I tried to start the vehicle after running it for some time. It did not start. When I turn the ignition switch, the battery light comes on (normal) and brake ...
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Coil popped out of head

I've got a 1999 F250-SD XLT 4×4 that the coil just popped out of the head what would cause that? I've not done anything to it yet
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Rover Mini Mayfair Auto 1990/H

When cranking, the engine turns and there is a spark....not strong. I can't find the timing mark through the circulled(rubber) hole, but the arrow shows on the cover. How can I freely turn (by hand) ...
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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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Ignition Switch vs. Ignition Lock Cylinder

I have a 2010 Ford Escape with 95,000 miles. I have a problem with the car that when I put the key in and turn, the car doesn't crank. The lights come on when the key is turned, but there's no sound ...
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94 Z28 LT1 Camaro. Intermittent stalling/starting problem. Been haunting me forever

94 Z28 LT1 Camaro. Intermittent stalling/starting problem. Been haunting me forever. Typically my car will start fine when it's been sitting overnight. Then I'll drive to the gym which is 2 miles ...
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How is the power from the battery distributed when starting a motorcycle?

When starting a motor the emf from the battery creates spark (ignition system), but it also moves the engine's pistons (starter). My question(s): 1. Which requires more power - the ignition system, ...
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2008 Grand Prix GPX

What spark plug should I be using? I did my own tune up and the guy at auto advance told me to get some Bosch spark plugs for my car but then I notice less power. A mechanic told me I shouldn't have ...
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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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2004 Saturn ION with Ecotec 2.2: Engine misfire with code P0300, ICM problem?

Car came in with a misfire complaint and check engine light on with code p0300. Looking at misfire history confirms high misfire counts on cylinders 1 and 4 along with lower counts on cylinders 2 &...
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How to diagnose the cause of no power reaching the spark plugs when power reaches everything else, after checking fuses?

I've been trying to get my long-suffering Toyota RAV4 first generation (1998) to start after numerous different problems, the latest of which I've narrowed to the spark plugs not firing seemingly due ...
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08 Silverado static/scratching noise from dashboard

Recently my truck picked up a new quirk. When I start or stop the engine there is a static scratching noise that comes from the dash. I also tried turning the key just far enough to get power and ...
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

While trying to diagnose a tricky car not starting problem I was asked to check if the spark plugs were firing at all. I've found plenty of resources on inspecting the condition of spark plugs after ...
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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 often should spark plug wires be replaced?

I last replaced them with the plugs about 4 years/60-70k miles ago. I bought platinum plugs I if I remember correctly, so I still got some life on those. The car (2001 Buick Regal) is still in good ...
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What Is The Output Voltage For The Mazda 626 GF 2L 98-2002 Coil Pack?

I've seen after market "high voltage" coils that output 40kv, but what is the output voltage for the standard OEM coil pack? I want to use a spark tester with an adjustable gap to check the strength ...
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Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
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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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I dropped my bike and now it won't start

I have a Suzuki GSX600F Katana. Yesterday, I changed the clutch lever on the handlebar and left the key on. I had to push start my bike. After getting it started, I left it in first gear, and let go ...
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Finding a constant and non constant power wire in a car

The car I have is a 2001 Buick century. I have a after market push to start kit. It came with a main unit and the diagram shows that a brown wire is for a constant power when the engine is on. And a ...
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Ignition Key Replacement

I live in Calgary I shipped a 1998E=Class320 to Nigeria and i lost the key. Am going to Nigeria in June how can I get a replacement without the car here in Canada.
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Mercedes E-350, 2006 sedan ignition problem

I own a Mercedes e-350 2006 sedan whose ignition box was vandalized and taken away by vandals. I could not start this car since then and I thought of buying a used ignition box to use on the car with ...
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2000 Honda Accord - Attempts to start cause lights to go out with no clicking and fails to start

I tried to start my car less than a minute after turning it off last night and it wouldn't turn over... it wouldn't even click. I tried a few times and then let it rest. After a 30 minute phone call ...
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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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SMAX Zetec 2.0 TDCi 2010 Plate - Why wont my car start ? (see video)

Car used to start fine 49 out of 50 times but without obvious reason it sometimes struggled to start (as seen in video). This can be on a cold start or a warm start. Happens in warm, cold, wet and dry ...
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Is there a way to test ignition coils with built-in ICM?

My car's service manual shows this for the ignition coils: What is the ICM? Related to http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2850/31, is there a way to check the coils to see if they are working ...
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I reversed polarity on a jump pack when attempting to start my 2000 Dodge Neon.

I attempted to jump my 2000 Dodge Neon off in the dark with a jump pack, and I accidentally reversed the polarity. The tire inflator on the jump pack landed on my positive starter wire and burned it ...
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Emissions Problem: Lambda AND CO Slightly High on my 98 Mazda 626

I just took my 98 Mazda 626 for it's inspection and they said the carbon monoxide is slightly high. The test is done using a tail pipe gas analyzer while holding the RPMs between 2500 - 2800 for ...
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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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volvo ignition key

I've got a problem with my 2001 Volvo S60 ignition key. One key will start the car no problem. Most recently, however, the other key will turn and the engine just grinds but won't start. Put the other ...
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How does the car's ECU detect a misfire?

I was wondering what the specific mechanism used by car ECU's to detect misfires is, or are if there is more than one method.
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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 ...