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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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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shakes at idle in drive but fine at park or neutral

I was driving my 2006 Hyundai sonata (3.3L) yesterday during heavy rain. Suddenly check engine light started flashing. When I stopped at a red light, it started shaking badly. I noticed that when I ...
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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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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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Starting a Nissan Sentra

I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra. My lights and radio are coming on when I turn the key but the car will not start, it doesn't make a sound. I had a full service in February 2016 & I am 5,000 mi ...
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Ignition causing problems with Electrics?? Ford Focus 06

Really hoping someone can help as taken to a mechanics and they keep charging me $$ although they cant find the fault! My computer system in 2006 Ford Focus doesn't work sometimes ( usually at the ...
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Citroen Xsara - Worked this morning, now won't start

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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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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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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'02 Hyundai Accent keeps blowing the ignition fusible link

My 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusible link. What could cause this? We just recently replaced the alternator and battery and it was fine when I parked it, then for some reason the car ...
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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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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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Clicking sound in engine, very strange evolution

I have come here in hopes to get some help regarding my impala. It is a 2006 Chevy Impala with a V6 engine, I was out of town for 2 weeks and when I got home I got in my impala and stated her up. it ...
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key doesn't turn smoothly in the ignition

I have a 2014 Toyota Yaris LE automatic. I have noticed lately when I insert the key and turn to start the car it's a bit rough not smooth as it used to be. The key turns no problem and the car starts,...
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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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No crank or start

I have a 2001 Ford Mustang and I put a new ignition locking cylinder and and a different ignition housing and a new antenna immobilizer and I even have the chipped key attached to the antenna ...
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Switched fuse always on

Wondering if someone can help. I am putting in a GPS unit in my friends truck. Not the first time I've done this in his truck. Last time we ran the red ignition wire to his fuse box using the supplied ...
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2010 ford escape XLT ignition issues

I use to have to push my key in really hard to get it to start. now it wont start with the key at all. but if i use my remote starter to start my car then put my key in it works. what could this be ...
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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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Car engine stutters when hot, and sometimes stalls

My car (Suzuki Swift 1999, engine G10A 1.0) stutters and jerks when hot, after driving for like 10 to 15 minutes the problem arise. The strange thing is that when this happens and i turn off the ...
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09 ford f-150 misfire cyl.5 and 7 only has spark and pulse only went is hot

this hapen after drive the truck for 10 to 20 minutes went stop star misfire at idle only 5 and 7 cyl. has spark and injector pulse if i race the rpm couple time the engine star run normal again
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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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Defective connection between radiator fan relay and ignition?

I have a Toyota AE101 DX Corolla. When I turn the key to start the car it does not tumble. It turned out that the fan relay doesn't come on with the key turned on like it usually does. Mind you this ...
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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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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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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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Nissan Primera 2004 CVT - starting issue

For the last 3 days I haven't been able to get my car to start, I can make the ignition crank over but it doesn't want to fire up. I do have an solid engine light going on the dash. Prior, last I had ...
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2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Parking lights and brake lights aren't working

2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic Parking lights and brake lights aren't working. Parking lights work with the ignition switch in parking light position but not in run! It will start and run. I'm ...
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Electronics Flicking on and off

so last week I pulled the rocker cover off my Celica 7th gen to get at the broken lift bolts (typical), also cleaned MAF sensor and throttle body while I was at it. After putting everything back ...
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Wasted spark ignition spark plug type

I have a couple of follow up questions on wasted spark ignition: I heard wasted spark igniton systems are hard on spark plugs. How does wasted spark compare to say COP ignition and do wasted spark ...
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2001 Mercury Sable Ls

I have a 2001 mercury sable that is drawing power from the battery when the vehicle is off. The amps being drawn are about .55amps. After going through the fuse panel in the passenger compartment and ...
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Seat Cordoba 1.2 engine, 2005 - ignition coil

Hi i have a little problem there. yesterday i found one of my cylinder stopped working, i swaped coil 2 to coil 3 (my car has only 3 cylinders), and i found that the coil nr 3 stopped working because ...
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Volkswagen tiguan 2011 ignition problem and sound

When i start my vw tiguan after hours of rest, the rpm goes up to 2.2 (normally it was going to 1.2 approx) then goes down to 1.2 while making noise and crops as if it was turning on and off within ...
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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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Will I throw a balanced and blueprinted engine out of balance by gluing magnets to the harmonic balancer?

I want to measure the position of the crankshaft with my homemade car computer and compare it to the signal from the no. 1 spark plug so I can measure the engine timing while driving. I was thinking ...
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Car not starting from time to time

Ford Figo 2012. Some mornings my car start 1st turn of the key. sometimes it will start after a couple of turns and the other day I had to get somebody to push it for me. Battery and alternator 100% ...
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Kia Cerato 2009 won’t start - dash lights won’t work

Yesterday I disconnected the battery and reconnected it again (correctly) so I could change a head light as it was very hard to reach. Once the battery was reconnected my car wouldn’t start and my ...
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85 Suzuki Samurai - Engine sometimes stalls, and hard to start when warm. Probably electrical problem

I'm having a problem with my car. Sometimes when engine is warm, it will strugle to start (starter runs fine, but no ignition). It also happens (rarely) that the engine just dies while driving. It ...
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Why does my 2015 Ford Fusion not want to start after putting gas

The last couple of months my car has a hard time starting when I put gas in it. It doesn’t matter if it’s half tank or almost empty. It started with sputtering and hesitation and now it just tried to ...
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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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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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Need help, my only way of getting to school and work tomorrow!

I've got a 1999 Honda Shadow 600, its been doing good recently and over the summer I put a good amount of work in it to keep it going. I went to turn it on an it would sound like it would turn over ...
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Fiat uno fire 1100

I'm having trouble with my car not starting. I bought a new coil and a new module, and cleaned the distributor, but I'm still without luck. What else can it be? And then I want to know on your coil ...
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Pencil Coil Operation

Pencil coils are very small. Do they operate on the CDI Principle? I thought that CDI was not good on lean mixtures which are good for fuel economy? Do they operate on the accepted Inductive Discharge ...
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Bypassing the Neutral Safety Switch? No start no crank issue!

I have a 2000 Acura TL, and it had been having some no-start no-crank issues, usually, I would turn the key and nothing would happen (just one click), it might take a few tries but eventually it would ...
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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid - Ignition, electrical issue

Sometimes when I try to start my 2008 ford escape hybrid rather than starting the electrical system freaks out. Lights flicker, fans stop, doors lock, there is clicking from the steering column and ...
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Car makes grinding noise when starting, changed starter and battery, what is the problem?

At first my car would take a long time to start, then it would not start. The battery seemed fine since the car was getting power and would keep turning over with no success. So I replaced the starter....