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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2002 RAV4 starting problem

I have a RAV4 that I've been trying to get running for a while now. Here's what's working: Spark based on simple light tester Installed coil packs from a known working engine and new plugs ...
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Does a 1998 Suzuki Intruder 1500 (carbureted) Have a Ignition Distribution Adjustment

I've replaced the alternator and signal generator on my 1998 Suzuki Intruder VL 1500 and since it back fires like crazy and most of the time will not start or run without full choke. I'm thinking this ...
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Installing an external ignition kill switch on a 2015 VW Golf?

I'd like to install an ignition switch on a 2015 VW Golf. Something hidden, but near the front of the car .. maybe on the top of the wheel well. Nothing under the steering column or inside the car. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wasted spark ignition systems on a multi- cylinder engine

In a wasted spark system if the firing plug on the compression stroke requires 10,000 volts and the wasted spark coil is designed to put out 20,000 volts, is the voltage split in half. How exactly ...
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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 an ignition control module is needed for?

I have a Chevrolet S-10, according to the the Ignition System Circuit Diagram the ICM gets an Ignition Control Signal from the PCM and sends a Switching Signal to the ignition coil. As the Ignition ...
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Diesel engine timing?

A petrol engine can fire the spark plugs slightly earlier or later to account for factors like revolution speed and engine temperature. However a diesel only fires when the mixture is compressed. ...
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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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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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1996 Volvo 960 won't spark or inject

After a customer had destroyed his engine(wrong fuel), the engine was replaced by my colleague with a 2nd hand one from a running car. However, it won't inject or spark when starting. It concerns a ...
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Replacing Spark Plug with Laser Iridium NGK Spark Plug

I have 2012 KTM Duke 125 at 10 000 miles (16k kilometers). I am the third owner of bike for 2 years. Whenever i twist the throttle fastly, motorcycle is chocked up. So i thought the problem could be ...
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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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Car won't start with jump but making starting sound

Our Mazda 3 wouldn't respond to the power lock and, when I opened it with the key, it wouldn't even make a click trying to start it. When I jump started it using our Toyota Tacoma, it would start ...
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Brake pedal stuck, no crank, no horn after sleeping in car

Not sure what might've happened, but I slept in my car for a little bit and mistakenly slept pressing down the brake pedal. When I woke up, I tried to turn on the car and I wouldn't get any crank ...
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Corrosion on battery, won't start, making clicking noise, won't charge

I'm trying to charge the battery on my 2002 Celica. Here is some background: Battery is a bit old, around 3 years or so. Corrosion has been building on the battery to the point that it almost cannot ...
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My 1997 lancer jerks when accelerates and shakes when idling

i got a big problem, I have a 1997 Mitsubishi lancer, with a 1.6 liters engine, a 4g92 to be exact, and when Its idling it keeps shaking, the exhaust sound like there are little misfires, but no check ...
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Screeching noise when attempting to start car

I have a Ford Bantam 1.3l pickup (South African) with 31 000 km on the clock. This morning when I tried to start the car (cold start), it made a loud scratching/screeching noise (like when turning ...
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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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Ignition coil upgrade

My motorcycle felt unresponsive these past few days and found out that it was caused by a weak spark because the ignition coil is about to go bust. Since I am thinking about doing an upgrade to a ...
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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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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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98 Mazda 626 GF 2L ATX zero ignition timing at idle?

My 1998 Mazda 626 GF 2L ATX has zero ignition timing at idle when fully warmed up causing a rough idle condition. I've replaced the faulty O2 sensor with no effect on the retarded timing and replaced ...
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What do you do with dielectric grease on spark plugs?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting answers on what you're supposed to do with dielectric grease. The instructions on the grease I bought says to squeeze it into the boot, but everywhere I've read ...
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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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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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What would cause repeated failure of ignition coils?

I have a Nissan 2008 Rogue, which is fired by ignition coil. I've been experiencing repeated singular ignition coil failures every 1-2 months now for the past 6 months. I'm on my 6th failure, never ...
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Does electrode size/shape matter?

I have an 84 Ranger and I recently bought some new spark plugs for the motor. I noticed that the old electrodes were huge compared to the brand new ones I just bought. Does the size of the electrode ...
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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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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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1995 Ford F150 5.8L (351W) pings under acceleration/load

I have a 1995 Ford F150 pickup with a 5.8L (351 Windsor) motor that had a bad pinging noise and loss of power when either accelerating or when it was under load (and especially so when accelerating ...
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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 ...
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1999 Accord Cranks but won't start after replacing ignition switch

I have a 1999 Accord and the ignition switch recently stopped being able to be turned. It had been acting up and sometimes would turn and sometimes wouldn't, but whenever it turned, it started with no ...
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Starting the car

I just bought a new Honda Civic 2018 LX, and I was wondering: When inserting the key into the ignition, should I wait on the ON position until the lights settle before starting the engine?
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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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My Mutsibish Pajero, Model 1995 has become hard to start in cold weather to start immediately

My Mutsibish Pajero, Model 1995 has become hard to start in cold weather to start immediately. I have to try like 2-3 times yet I do the pre-heating as required.
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2005 Dodge Caravan - Erratic Misfire

The engine was misfiring for quite a while. At some point, the battery went dead due to a bad alternator and all the electrical systems went nuts. I replaced the alternator & battery. At some ...
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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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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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Do Distributor Caps need Regular Replacement?

Does the rotor physically contact the points in a distributor cap and cause them to wear down such that the cap would need replacement at regular intervals?
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My Ignition Timing is Retarded, no seriously, it's really screwed up

I logged some test data to try and help me figure out why my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L ATX has a rough idle and is suffering from hesitation. (Speed k/h),(TPS_v),(MAF g/sec),(RPM),(SparkAdvance),(EngineLoad)...
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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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