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    Ignition Components

    The internal combustion engine needs air, spark and fuel to run, and ignition components of your vehicle are 1/3 of that equation. All of these ignition system components need to operate in perfect order; otherwise, your car may start, but it won't run smoothly. If your car utilizes a modern, distributor-less system, the only parts you'll need to be familiar with are the spark plugs.

    In many cars, the automotive ignition system starts with a key and a switch on the steering column. When you turn the key, a charge is sent from the battery to a resistor and a coil (transformer), and then to the distributor. The distributor is a complicated piece of equipment, but its basic role is to send a current to each of your vehicle’s spark plugs, in a given firing order. Without this current and subsequent spark, the fuel and air mixture in a given cylinder will fail to ignite.

    Ignition control modules can be used to replace the functions of a distributor's points. Each point is connected to a spark plug with a plug wire, making it the module's job to time and send the charges to the plugs. As far as repair or replacement goes, replacing a module is much simpler than changing out a distributor. It's usually only a matter of unplugging the old one and installing the new one via wiring harnesses. It's a snap, but let your engine cool to avoid burns from nearby parts before swapping the parts out.

    Other ignition components we stock include pickups, the previously mentioned transformer coil and connectors, condensers, trigger wheels and more. For more modern, computer-reliant vehicles, we off a range of electronic control units (ECUs).

    Maintaining your vehicle's ignition system often requires just replacing your spark plugs and checking their wires. Changing out these ignition components is standard practice during an engine tune up. If you find other issues, turn to us to find the parts you'll need to get back on the road.

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