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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Electronic Ignition Pickup
If your car has an electronic distributor ignition system and the engine stalls or car does not start, you may have to replace the ignition pickup.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ignition Lock Cylinder
Common signs include the car not starting, the key getting stuck in the ignition or not going in, and issues power on the vehicle.
How Does a Push-Button Start Work?
For the vast majority of people, cranking your car involves getting the key out, sliding it into the ignition, and turning it to the “run” position. However, if you have a push-button start...
Is a Keyless Push-Button Ignition More Reliable?
Vehicle starting systems have evolved significantly since their inception. When automobiles were initially introduced, you had to manually crank the engine over with a handle on the front of your engine compartment. The next...
How Often Should the Ignition System Be Inspected?
Your ignition system is a critical part of both your car and daily driving experience. If it isn't working correctly, you could experience anything from poor engine operation to engine stall or failure to...
What Is the Difference Between Conventional, Electronic and Distributor-less Ignition Systems?
If you’re like many people, you know that when you turn the key in your ignition, the engine cranks and you’re able to drive your car. However, you might not know how that ignition...

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Spark plug not getting fire
You should first have the computer scanned for possible codes letting you know the cause of the no start. You may have a bad crankshaft or camshaft sensor. If the engine starts but no spark on one cylinder only then...
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Van won't start it turns I change out fuel pump, coil & got tested on the module
If you are not getting spark from the coil then you will need to test for ignition power on one side of coil and crank signal on the other side. If you have no signal to coil then check the...
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Runs for a little bit and dies
In order to isolate the problem you should have the fuel pressure monitored with a pressure gauge hooked up to the fuel rail. As the engine is running monitor fuel pressure when it stalls out to see if pressure drops...
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Car cranks, but won't turn over
There is a number of tests that would need to be done on this vehicle to narrow the problem down to an ignition, computer or fuel system problem. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come and test the computer...
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Won't start anymore
Hello. It sounds like you have a fuel system issue. If the vehicle was running with bad fuel in it then that fuel may have caused the fuel pump to fail or it may have clogged the fuel filter or...
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Car cuts off when driving. I replaced the plugs, coil, fuel pump, plug wires, and the gas cap. The light came on for the gas cap.
Hi there. Check the fuel pump relay and see if the relay is working. It is possible that the relay could be getting hot or have a loose connection within the relay causing the relay to stop working from time...
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Have a 3.8 and I changed the spark control module and the code keeps coming up 1993 Pontiac Bonneville
Hello - regarding your ignition system problem - it sounds like replacing the spark control module wasn't the correct "fix". Without knowing what problem code was set, it's hard to know what the correct response should be. If you can...
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I have a 94 ford. The distributor was in the wrong spot. Where should the rotor face on the cap to signify cylinder number one?
Hi there. The distributor rotor should face the number one on the distributor with the number one cylinder on the compression stroke with both the rocker arms for the intake and exhaust valves shut. The back of the distributor has...
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car not firing
Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities that may be contributing to a lack of spark. Things like ignition coils, crankshaft position sensor, spark plugs, spark plug wires or ignition module are all components that help to...
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2012 VW Beetle Turbo. Vehicle will not start.
Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. Basically, if a fully charged...
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Doesn't sound like it wants to start
Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. Basically, if a fully charged...
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Not getting fire, changed coil and camshaft sensor?
Your vehicle is equipped with a crankshaft position sensor. That sensor is on the primary side of the ignition circuit and consequently you should test the sensor and all wiring to the distributor to be sure it is functioning. If...
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My car has a rough idle and when you step on the gas it falls on its face and then takes off
The engine ignition system should be checked for misfires and fouled spark plugs and shorting plug wires. Have the engine computer scanned for any stored codes for the MAP sensor on the engine intake. These are know to fail and...
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Jerking while driving..? 1997 Grand Jeep Cherokee
Hi there - the fact that the vehicle has this stumbling problem at the same speed (more or less) repeatedly suggests things that are dependent on that speed. These include the torque converter locking up (or trying to), or a...
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Long cranking
There are many causes of hard starting but illustrative ones are a faulty engine coolant temperature switch (sensor), worn spark plugs, inadequate fuel delivery or pressure (caused by other than fuel filter in your case), and contaminated or old gasoline....
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What years ignition module will fit my 1991 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7
Hi - GM V8 ignition control modules from 1987 to 1995 should interchange with your '91 5.7L. For assistance, I recommend a ignition control module replacement performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...
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Truck dies and wont start till cools down already replaced coil
The problem sounds like you may be losing spark signal to the ignition system. When the engine will not start you need to verify you are losing spark. If it is then you most likely have a failed ignition module...
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Hello I'm planning on buying this 2005 Acura MDX but one of the issue on the car is that it needs the coil pack replaced. Could yo
The vehicle you are looking at has six individual coils (aka, "coil packs", or "coil on plug") one for each of the six spark plugs on the engine. These are frankly mundane devices and if only one is faulty, if...
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Car turns off while driving
You will need to have the engine ignition spark checked to see if there is spark when it stalls and will not start. The most common cause is oil leaking into the distributor and shorting out the igniter and coil...
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My car wont start after driving it for an hour, it will just crank and then start after 30 mins
The engine is very common to have an intermittent cam or crankshaft sensor. You can have the computer scanned for codes to one of the sensors and replace them as codes are stored. If you have codes for both then...

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