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How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won't Turn Off
If your car won't turn off, inspect the power relay, idle speed, ignition timing, and spark plugs. Using premium fuel may help but isn't a solution.
How Long Does an Ignition Trigger Last?
In order to crank a car, there are elements of the electrical and the fuel system that have to work together. As the car key is turned over, the ignition coil will...
How to Install an Ignition Switch
When your ignition switch fails, it can cause a number of different issues. You may experience anything from a failure to start, to a stalling problem, to a series...
How to Unlock a Steering Wheel
When your steering wheel locks it is usually at the worst time....
How to Start a Diesel Truck
Starting a diesel engine is a lot different than starting a gas-powered engine. Whereas a gas engine starts when the fuel is ignited by the spark plug, diesel...
How to Remove, Install, and Adjust Ignition Timing
Ignition distributors help spark the gas and air in the engine. Worn distributors need to be removed to be cleaned to maintain proper ignition timing.
How to Test a Spark Plug Ignition Coil
An ignition coil is a vital component of today’s modern engine management system. Virtually all vehicles...
What Does the Ignition Switch Warning Light Mean?
The ignition switch warning light could mean there's an issue with the ignition system or the car key. It could be due to a glitch or worn out key.
How to Start a Prius
The Toyota Prius was a game changer when it was first introduced back in 2000. As one of the first commercially successful hybrid vehicles, it eventually helped launch an...
How to Replace an Ignition Relay
Common signs of a damaged or broken ignition relay include a low/dead battery, the car stalling or not starting, or loss of power to the dash lights.
How to Replace the Electronic Spark Control Module
The car ignition has an electronic spark control module that fails when the Check Engine Light illuminates or if the engine does not start.
How to Replace an Ignition Lock Assembly
An ignition lock assembly can fail from constant use or broken keys inside the tumbler. To replace it, all you need are some tools and a new cylinder.
How to Replace an Electronic Ignition Pickup
The electronic ignition pickup is part of the ignition distributor. Signs of failure include intermittent misfiring or failure all at once.
How to Replace an Ignition Trigger
The ignition trigger fails if the engine is misfiring or has trouble starting. The check engine light may illuminate if the ignition trigger fails.
How to Replace an Ignition Lock Cylinder
The ignition lock cylinder is usually at fault if there is an issue with the ignition system. A common sign of failure is a car that won't start.
How to Replace an Ignition Ignitor
The ignition ignitor sends a signal to supply power and start the engine. A common sign of failure is a disruption in the engine's starting process.
How to Adjust Timing on a Car
A well timed ignition will allow the engine to run powerfully and efficiently. The timing needs adjustment when the engine runs too lean or too rich.
How to Replace a Ballast Resistor
The ignition coil cannot get proper voltage if the ballast resistor is broken. Signs are a crank without a start or a start and an immediate stall.
How to Replace Ignition Cables (Spark Plug Wires) in Your Car
The ignition cable, or spark plug wire, carries a signal from your vehicle’s computer to the spark plugs. This is crucial to the ignition system.

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2006 Honda Civic Dx won't accelerate over 20 mph...Checked codes says it's a misfire change plugs and found oil in well...Plz Help
To start you will need to replace the valve cover gasket and clean out all the oil out of the spark plug tubes. Then you will need to replace every coil boot that got oil on them. Once this is...
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I jumped my 2008 Cadillac CTS and now there is not power.
Hello. The first thing I would do is check the fuses. If there is one blown fuse then there may be many more. The only time a fuse will blow is if the jumper cables are installed backwards. If the...
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Why would one cylinder not get spark on my 1998 Ford Escort
Hello. If you are getting good spark out of the other 3 wires and not that one in particular then that is typically a coil issue. Your ignition system uses the waste spark method meaning two plugs always fire together,...
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69 mach 1 428 fires in start position dies in run position, runs with jumper wire to + side of coil
It could be that you need to replace the breaker points. Many of the older cars had a ballast resistor built into the ignition circuit to lower the voltage to the points. Often the Ignition switch was wired to bypass...
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Sometimes while driving my 1999 chevy c1500 everything will cut off and instantly come back on all electricity. All the dash light
This sounds like an electrical short or loose connection. Make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. Also check the other ends of the battery cables. The positive cable should run down to the starter. Make sure those connections...
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My car twice out of 4 times today would not start on the first time. Second time started fine. At 2 read lights it was sort of je
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your symptoms point towards an issue with fuel or spark. If you just had work done on the fuel system, you may wan to have your fuel pressure tested at the engine. This will...
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Would an ignition cylinder from a 99 4Runner fit a 91 4Runner?
Generally, a switch assembly from 1989 through 1994 will work on this vehicle, but to get a precise answer if you plug in your vehicle data on-line at Car-Part.com you will get not only all possible interchange years but you...
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'72 Mach 1 with 351C. Runs, idles, revs in park. Sputters, chugs and coughs in Drive. Any suggestions?
Check for proper advance of ignition timing. In particular, verify that advance curve you observe matches factory spec. Measure fuel pump output/pressure against factory spec. If engine compression is good and balanced, apart from timing check and fuel pressure check,...
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I changed my spark plugs and ignition coils and now my car wont start it just clicks i have a 2002 jaguar s type v6 3.0
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several issues that may have occurred. The first step is to make sure the ignition wires are installed correctly, and that you did not mix up the firing order. You can do...
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1999 Ford Ranger 2.5L. #3 and #4 cylinders are not firing, #2 sometimes doesn't fire.
You should first check the fuel pressure is within specification. Then check plugs are getting fire and then do a compression test on all 4 cylinders. If all this is normal then remove injectors to look for clogged injector inlet...
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My key always get stuck in the ignition and now my car won't start.
It could be that you have a faulty ignition switch. According to a the GM recall website, your car was one of the cars recalled because of a faulty ignition switch. Before you take any other measures, call your dealer...
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I am unable to pop the old ignition switch out like i saw on youtube. I am using my phillipshead screwdriver but it is of no use
You will need to put key in and then turn to the on position. This is position just before you turn to start the truck and then you can push in the pin using a thin screw driver or punch...
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Replacing ignition switch: How do I replace the ignition switch without the original key?
The only way to get out the ignition lock is to use a 3/4 inch drill through the center of the key hole and then dig out the debris and then you can put a screw driver in and turn...
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Does putting my car into accessory mode count as a key cycle on a scanner?
You have to turn it to on all the way to count as a key on cycle and then back to off for one key cycle.
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If I disconnect my ignition switch from the steering column can I still start my car with a screw driver turning the switch?
You did not give us the vehicle year, make and model of your vehicle. However most vehicles without a factory theft system you should be able to remove the ignition switch and use a screwdriver to turn it to start...
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1991 Ford F-250 needs ignition switch reinstalled
Sounds like someone bypassed the factory ignition switch circuit. This indicates there was a problem with the circuit to begin with. The lock cylinder would need to be physically relocated to the steering column. Then, the ignition switch circuit would...
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Getting fuel, spark, compression, air still no start
Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering you have taken on a lot of the main components all at once, you should take a moment to go back through the entire project thus far to make sure everything was done...
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Can I use the ignition switch from a 1992 GMC pickup fora 1973 camaro
No. They have a different connector pin layout and connector.
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Why aren't my sparkplugs sparking?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first two components to look at are the distributor and the coil. If you have a spark tester, test light, or voltmeter, you can measure the power supply along the circuit and find...
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I just recently had my ignition switch changed on my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix now the car won't start and it triggered the anti the
Any time part of the ignition system or keys have been replaced on a vehicle that has a theft system installed from the factory will require reprograming the new keys to the vehicles theft system.

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