How Long Does an Electronic Ignition Pickup Last?

Your vehicle depends on electricity in order to run, and this electricity can be traced back to the spark plugs which create a spark to ignite the fuel. It’s a whole process, where each step depends on the other one working perfectly. If just one part is faulty or damaged, the whole system suffers. The spark that ignites knows which spark plug it belongs to thanks to the distributor's electronic ignition pickup. This data is then used by the engine control module in order to distinguish which of the ignition coils needs to send an electrical pulse.

While there is no set time that the electronic ignition pickup lasts for, it can definitely begin to fail. It is recommended that when you do a tune up and/or spark plug replacement, you have the electronic ignition pickup inspected. Whenever possible, it’s best to catch the problem before the part actually fails. Let's take a look at what some common signs are that your electronic ignition pickup is no longer working.

  • As you are driving you may notice a sudden loss of power and then a surge of power. This can make driving extremely dangerous, which is why you shouldn't wait to have the vehicle diagnosed.

  • Once the part fails you will find you're able to turn your engine over, but not get it started. While this may not be such a big deal if you're at home, imagine the frustration and inconvenience it will cause if you're out and this happens. You need to know that your car is reliable and will start whenever you need it to.

  • It should be noted that this particular problem can be quite hard to diagnose. The symptoms can be due to a number of reasons, so determining the exact cause can be tricky. It is not suggested you attempt to diagnose the problem yourself.

There are plenty of issues that can cause your engine to run rough, and even stop it from working. One of these issues is if your electronic ignition pickup fails and has completed its lifespan. Once this happens your car will become unreliable, so you’ll want to have it looked at immediately. If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and suspect your electronic ignition pickup is in need of replacement, get a diagnostic or book an electronic ignition pickup replacement service with a professional mechanic.


Next Step

Schedule Electronic Ignition Pickup Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Electronic Ignition Pickup Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Electronic Ignition Pickup Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(6)

Rating Summary
5
1
0
0
0
5
1
0
0
0

Jimmy

29 years of experience
186 reviews
Jimmy
29 years of experience
Dodge Dakota V6-3.9L - Electronic Ignition Pickup - Charlotte, North Carolina
Jimmy worked quick and accurate, He replaced the ignition module of my old truck. I saved money and I got a good service.Thanks Jimmy. Eli

George

26 years of experience
55 reviews
George
26 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 V6-4.3L - Electronic Ignition Pickup - Conroe, Texas
He knows what he"doing he'll get it done

Kyle

12 years of experience
137 reviews
Kyle
12 years of experience
Dodge Ram 2500 Van V8-5.2L - Electronic Ignition Pickup - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Great job!

William

26 years of experience
7 reviews
William
26 years of experience
Buick LaCrosse V6-3.8L - Electronic Ignition Pickup Replacement - Folcroft, Pennsylvania
Great Mechanic

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How Long Does an Electronic Control Relay Last?
So So much of your vehicle relies on electronic components nowadays. They all work in conjunction with one another, so that means when one fails a domino effect takes place, and they all start to fall. The electronic control relay...
How to Dispose of Car Batteries
Car batteries have chemicals which can damage the environment. Dispose of car batteries at a battery recycling center or a local auto supply store.
How to Install a Camshaft
Over Over the years, engines (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-a-modern-engine-works) have evolved in so many ways. Most of the changes or improvements that have been done revolve around creating better performance and fuel economy, without making the engine larger. One of the biggest changes...

Related questions

Engine shudders when not moving, check engine light on - 2003 Toyota Echo 1.5 L 4-cylinder
ANY time a Check Engine Light (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/check-engine-light-is-on-inspection) comes on, the first thing you need to do is get the computer scanned. Autozone or advance will actually do this for free so you don't have to purchase anything. Shuddering could be...
My truck threw a rod, should i consider a crate engine to replace it with, or just a regular engine.
The question you should ask yourself is how much of a budget you are having for your vehicle. The difference between a crate engine and a new engine is that the crate engine will come with all of the parts...
voltage warning light still coming on 30-45 seconds after car starts.
Nothing should be replaced until you have in hand a definitive diagnostic pinpointing the faulty segment of the car's electrical system. There may be too much voltage drop in the charging circuit, as well as elsewhere, but start with the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com