Questions tagged [ignition]

For questions related to the process and components that generate the spark that ignites the fuel-air mixture in gasoline engines.

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BMW 3 series misfiring. 2016 1.5litre petrol manual 45kmiles [closed]

Giving everybody a heads up to save you money. I have a BMW 3 series, 2016, 318i, 1.5 litre, petrol, only done 45k miles, model F30N. These cars are 3 cylinders. Problem- The car was misfiring. Error ...
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Ford Expedition knocking and repeated spark plug wire failures

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else? I have a 1999 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
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1995 Chrysler Concorde that only started by WIGGLING the wheel - NOW does not start at all!

I have a 1995 Chrysler Concorde - a little over 72,000 miles. I'm 77 years old and want to keep this car. For 2 or 3 months, the car had only been starting if I lined up the steering wheel exactly ...
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CMP/CKP correlation vs Ignition timing Vortec 5.7L

I own a 1996 Chevy Tahoe. It is a 5.7L Vortec with 4 door. The engine is knocking and pinging and the power is sluggish after there were some servicing done and I can see that the CMP/CKP correlation ...
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2005 Jeep Cherokee key transponder issue linking to fuel

I currently have a 2005 Jeep Cherokee 2.8D in the workshop. It seems as though there is a communication error between the key and its transponder. The ignition turns on and the engine turns over, ...
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2001 Maxima starts but won't stay running

I have a 2001 Nissan Maxima 3.0L V6 that starts no problem but dies almost immediately. If I give it gas as I start it and hold the idle around 1500-2000 for a few seconds, then ease off, it will stay ...
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Car goes silent when I turn the ignition key

I have a 1970 Chevelle. The last few times I have tried to crank the car, I had to jump it off. I charged the battery and this time when I turned the key, the dash lights came on then as I continued ...
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2001 honda civic key

Hi I just recently bought a used 2001 honda civic, my problem is when starting the car I have to shove the key in and turn hard in order for it to start. My friend wants to install a push start but I ...
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Engine light turn off sometimes and sometimes stays on

When I turn on the ignition of car, it shows the light of oil, battery and engine. Sometimes it tun off and sometimes stay on. When it turn off the car starts easily. when engine light stays on, car ...
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No cranking Chevy Malibu 2008

I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu four cylinder 2.4 L the battery tested good brand-new starter but I am still getting a no start no crank. I have full power in the car but when I turn the key everything ...
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Does my 1995 Cadillac incorporate ECM

I own a 1995 Cadillac. Does it incorporate a module that adjusts ignition timing for octane?--At what interval?
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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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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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Vehicle wont start because ignition system thinks vehicle is not in park (Mercedes benz GL 320 bluetech, 2009 model)

My dad owns a Mercedes Benz GL320 bluetech bought in 2009. Vehicle was shipped to Ghana upon purchase for his personal use. Over the past 3 months, a problem has creeped up which seems to be beyond ...
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Scooter CDI with variable rev limiter - can it damage ignition?

I want to limit a delivery scooter with a variable CDI to 45 km/h (which can be unlimited by use of a remote). The dealer said such a limiter wears out the ignition and it's more likely to break. Is ...
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2002 Subaru Outback strange starting

my 2002 Subaru Outback has an anti theft starter system where if I turn the key nothing happens, but if I turn the key and also press the windshield wiper de-icer then the call will start. This is how ...
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Coleman CT200U-EX-Will not start

Started up fine the first few times but when you hit the throttle it went wide open and when you let off the throttle it stayed wide open, so my son had to hit the kill switch to stop it. After doing ...
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Misfiring after not using car for one month

I have a Ford Focus 1.6 LX 16v 2004 MK1. I went away for one month and after I returned the battery was dead. I charged the battery, started the engine and took it for a short drive. I noticed it was ...
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Stuck ignition on a 2010 Ford Focus

I am no longer able to start my 2010 Ford Focus. The key is not able to turn at all. Importantly, the car beeps when I open the driver side door as if the key was still in the ignition. This has ...
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VW FOX ignition system problems

Recently I have noticed some strange things happen with my 2005 Volkswagen Fox 1.4 petrol engine. On rainy days the engine always stalls when I stop, sometimes check engine light starts to blink, ...
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Do I Need to Ground the Spark Plug When Testing

When I'm using a known good spark plug to test spark at each wire, do I need to ground the threads of the plug to the engine block like the guy in this video is doing? What happens if I don't ground ...
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Car is making buzzing noise but wont turn over

I have a Peugeot 307. All the lights are working, stereo etc when turning the ignition key to on, but when I turn the key to the start position it does not do anything but makes a constant buzzing ...
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Yamaha not starting (see video)

Afternoon all, I have a xmax 300 working perfectly until today when it did not start at all, I have sufficient power in the battery, every function working perfectly until I try to start it and it ...
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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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1999 Honda Civic Dx Won't Start, No crank

My 1999 Honda Civic DX won't start. I there is no crank so I started by checking the starter solenoid, there is no signal. Then I checked all fuses and relays including the main relay and they are all ...
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2008 Hyundai Accent: DIY Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement without key programming?

Background: neither key would turn in the ignition after an hour of trying various things. Same/similar issue as in this thread, I think: https://www.reddit.com/r/Cartalk/comments/2pwlul/...
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Toyota Taco 06 2.7l 4c, Why are we having Ignition and idle problems after a head gasket repair?

We just replaced the head gasket and sealed with silicone and new gaskets. After our process was complete we discovered the engine idle would go from 1,000 rpms for 8 sec to 500 rpms 8 seconds ...
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Less sparks on ignition coil

Why one output terminal of my car ignition coil gives less sparks than the other terminal. In fact, the 2 terminals are control by a single primary circuit of the same ignition coil!!! The other ...
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COP +12V short to ground?

I have here a 03 Durango 4.7L V8 with a COP ignition system. Each coil pack has 2 wires which according to FSM one wire feeds all injectors and coil packs from a relay and one is a "signal" from the "...
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Intermittent car electrical problem causing starting issues - any help pinpointing?

I have this starting problem that I've been trying to fix for the past year now. Well, I'm not really a mechanic of any kind, so I spend ungodly amounts of money to local car mechanics for "maybe" ...
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Replaced ignition cylinder, car wont turn over or crank

I have a 2007 chevrolet malibu. I have been having trouble for a while with having to turn the key a few times before it would crank until it finally quit cranking at all. I replaced the ignition ...
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Car not running properly on LPG when car has been idling for some time

I have a Renault Clio 1.4 16v 72kw from 2003. I have this strange problem where when the car has been idling for some time (when in traffic for example) and gets more warm (temperature indicator more ...
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AJS Regal Raptor cranks but won't run

I have a AJS Regal Raptor DD125E. When I push the starter switch the engine spins but no spark at the plugs. However as I release the starter switch I get a spark from the plugs on the engine overrun.
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Ignition turn off

I use Opel Corsa D 1.3cdti. The ignition mostly turns off when I’m descending hill with neutral gear. What could be the problem?
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Why won't my car start? (Starter has recently been replaced)

I should preface this post by saying my car has had issues starting for at least a few months now. It is a 1996 Nissan Maxima and it has well over 100,000 miles on it. I have had very little problems ...
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1996 Nissan Sentra won’t start after refueling

I’ve had this car for about a month, and never had a single problem starting up. This morning, after filling the gas tank, I turn the key and absolutely nothing. No electronics or anything. I tried to ...
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97 Honda Accord won't start after head gasket replacement

I recently replaced the head gasket on my Honda Accord. The cylinder head was tested at a machine shop and they also replaced the valve seals. I didn't do any work to the cylinders, except use ...
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2007 Mercury Montego Premier Various Electrical Issues [closed]

Recently purchased an 07 Mercury Montego Premier for a secondary vehicle/work vehicle. Engine seems to be great, but there are various minor issues that just annoy me. Driver's side window works, ...
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Motorcycle Starting Issue - no longer starting after attempting to jump with a car battery

I tried jump start my bike with my car battery because the motorcycle battery was really low and would not start. I mistakenly touched both ends of the jump leads together and cause a big spark, ...
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Failed coil electronics plug for one cylinder

I have a 2005 Audi A6 Quattro with a 3.2l V6. My brother just purchased it from our local Craigslist, and we didn't check it over very thoroughly before purchasing, but at time of purchase it ran ...
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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 away....
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Using a solid state relay in a car

I have this project where I'd like to put a SSR in the ignition, to control whether or not it can be started. I'm not sure what power requirements are though. My vehicle is an 01 Oldsmobile Alero v6. ...
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Ignition coil replacement

My girlfriend has a 2007 Nissan Sentra with 160000 miles on it. She does not think the spark plugs have ever been replaced which leads me to believe that the ignition coils have also never been ...
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Starter or Battery? (or Alternator?)

I have been lent a car and I took it out for the first time last night (it's a 2003 Chrysler). The car had been left for a while and the battery had been disconnected. I connected the battery and ...
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Keyfob battery dead - Can I still start my 2007 Mini Cooper S

I don’t drive it too much but noticed that when I put the keyfob in, and press start button it sort of acts like the car’s battery is dead but after a few attempts it will start. Today I couldn’t ...
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Renault Master immobiliser stays off, engine turning over but not firing

I have a 2003 Renault Master, which was left unused for about 4 months. When I go to start it, the engine turns over but it does not stay on (as in the engine starts and then dies). Also, I have ...
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Electrical question - solar panels and kill switches

I have an old truck and I don't drive it much. I've hooked up a 1.5v solar charger to the battery to keep it fresh. It's working well, but when I do drive it I need to unplug the solar panel or risk ...
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My car wont start and is silent when turning ignition, but lights, radio etc will come on. What is the most likely culprit?

When trying to start my car the lights, radio, and all auxiliary components will turn on, but the car is silent and not trying to turn over. However, if I shift my car out of park and back into park a ...
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Spark coming from distributor cap pin

recently I have noticed some random engine misfires. I've checked my spark plugs and wires and haven't noticed anything unusual. I have checked for sparks at night and there were no sparks coming from ...
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Car won't start, not cranking, but everything else works

I have a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI 2003 model. Last night I wanted to go out, so I started the car. Then I forgot to put it in neutral, because sometimes it won't come out of park. When I switched it out ...

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