Questions regarding the car's ignition system, e.g. coils & coil packs, distributors, high-tension systems and related components

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Is there a measurable benefit to replacing spark plug wires?

My 92 Civic has very old spark plug wires, probably original, but their resistance is in-spec (under 20k ohms), they have no external damage, and the vehicle has no misfire or other symptoms ...
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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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2000 Honda Civic Won't Start after Replacing spark Plugs

My 2000 honda civic ex 4-dr sedan seemed like it was misfiring. I decided to check the spark plugs to see if that was the issue. I replaced the spark plugs. The car would turn over however the ...
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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it would if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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Spark plug gaps - manufacturer or shop manual?

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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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan not starting, mystery wires?

1997 Dodge GC with 180k miles, has been sitting for maybe 6 months after being driven a little, and now it won't start. cranks fine, all electronics work, but doesn't fire. I checked there is fuel ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ducati Monster M600 - Engine Vibration/Cold Cylinder

I have a 1995 Ducati Monster M600. Recently I noticed an engine vibration and whilst trying to figure it out I noticed that the horizontal cylinder exhaust is hot (hot enough to burn leather gloves) ...
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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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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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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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How do I make my 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace start more easily?

My 2nd generation Toyota Hi-Ace Diesel is not starting easily, or occasionally not starting at all. I have: Tested the glow plugs - all quick and fully bright; Changed battery; Changed the air ...
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2002 Saab 93 SE Ignition Coil - Fluid found inside, engine rumbling

I had a new coil installed 6 months ago in my 2002 Saab 93 SE and it has been running fine until the other day when the engine started rumbling quite violently. Took it to a garage and after they ...
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2004 VW Jetta Immobilizer on, then off, then on again

When I got in my '04 VW Jetta the other day, the car wouldn't start and the immobilizer light was blinking. I tried charging the battery, pulling the terminals from the battery, and leaving the key ...
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Is there a general procedure for retrofitting “smart key” cars with real keys?

With all the cost, trouble, loss-of-use, and inability to shut the vehicle off if electronics fail associated with "smart" keys, if I ever get a car that needs one I think I'd want to adapt it to ...
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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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Proper use of The Club?

I recently purchased The Club for my car (as it is a target for thieves) and I'm unclear on how to put it in. It says to turn the steering wheel one full rotation before putting it on, however, my ...
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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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Explain the sound of a car's ignition?

A normal, working car, nothing wrong with it, makes a very distinctive sound when you turn the ignition. I have a vague understanding of a distributor spinning around real quick and firing the spark ...
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1997 Plymouth Voyager (U.S.) Ignition Cylinder R&R

Attempting to replace the ignition key cylinder. Attached are the instructions and photo's of the Voyager we're trying to replace the cylinder. I just don't see any access to the "cylinder release ...
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2004 Kia sedona intermittently wont start

my 2004 kia Sedona intermittently refuses to start. I have light, radio, electric windows but just doesn't turn over at all. If I leave it a few hours and go back to it, it'll start first time as if ...
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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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Engine misfire during load at 2500+ rpms on 3rd and 4th gears

I am in the process of making a 1977 Nissan 280z road worthy once again after having it sit for about a year. Here's what ive done: cleaned fuel injectors cleaned fuel lines replaced air filter(high ...
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What might cause inconsistant ignition, an extemely loud bang but no visible damage?

I have an old 1993 Triton ute. It has a 4G54 carby engine. It's run as well as can be expected of an engine like that with nearly 400k on the clock. Just recently one day I jumped in to go for a ...
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Clips that hold plug wires onto coil pack?

On my 1999 Saturn SL2, there are clips that are supposed to hold the ignition/plug wires in place onto the coil pack and the bolt that goes through it may play a role in grounding the circuit. One of ...
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Citroen Ignition coil problem (P0350 code)

I have a Citroen C4 1.6 petrol (2006) and the other day while I was driving the engine light came on with a message "Depollution system faulty". I connected the OBD-II to my computer to get the error ...
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Engine starts but almost immediately cuts out 3 or 4 times when starting

I have a Golf Mk2 that has been sitting a while and I am fixing up. When I start the car the engine catches but then dies almost immediately. I have to restart the car 3 or 4 times like this until the ...
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Battery running flat on a regular basis

I drive a Vauxhall/Opel Astra Mk5 1.8l SRi, registered in 2004. For 2/3 months now I've been having to keep a spare battery in the car as the car battery is running flat. My first thought was that ...
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1986 Lincoln Town Car will not start from key, but will at solenoid

1986 Lincoln Town Car will not start from key, but will at solenoid. have replaced ignition switch, still does this.... turn the key and it will crank, but not fire, but turn key to ON and go under ...
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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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Quickly pull key out - weird noise (Golf)

Unfortunately, I can be rather impatient. As such, I occasionally pull the key out of the ignition a little too fast (to which this post will explain the too). When this happens, there is a weird and ...
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Refueling 2004 Toyota Corolla S Causes Problematic Starting

We've got a 2004 Toyota Corolla 'S' that, ever since we acquired it years ago, has problems starting when it is refueled. Basically, the engine will crank for a few seconds before finally taking off. ...
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How do I fix an immobilizer problem on a 2006 Kia Sedona?

How do I fix a problem with my immobilizer? This is a follow up to this question: 2006 Kia Sedona intermittently not starting What parts (if any) do I need? What would be the best way to go about the ...
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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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Which operations are done when key is turn to On position?

I would like to know which operations or functions do the car when I turn de key to On position (the key positions before start the engine) in gas engine and in diesel engine. For example, in a ...
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Single Cylinder 4 stroke misfire at idling rpm

I have a Zongshen 200gy-2 bike, that has of late developed a misfire if there is no throttle, like waiting at traffic lights. It has recently been serviced, but the spark plug has not been replaced. ...