Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ignition Ignitor

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Common signs include engine misfires, the Check Engine Light coming on, car not starting, and a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Ignition Ignitor Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Chevrolet Express 1500 $176 $106.48 $70.00 17% $213.98
2003 Chevrolet Express 1500 $250 $179.71 $70.00 13% $287.21
2006 Chevrolet Express 1500 $250 $179.71 $70.00 13% $287.21
2003 Cadillac DeVille $299 $228.78 $70.00 11% $336.28
2004 Cadillac DeVille $282 $211.88 $70.00 11% $319.38
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Ignition Ignitor?

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The ignition igniter, also commonly known as the ignition module, is an engine management component found on many road going cars and trucks. It is an ignition system component that is responsible for providing the signal for the ignition coils to fire, so that the spark can be produced for cylinder combustion to occur. In some systems the igniter is also responsible for advancing and retarding the engine’s timing.

As the igniter provides a signal that is vital to the operation of the ignition system, and engine, when it fails it can cause issues that can dramatically affect engine performance. Usually a bad or failing igniter will produce a few symptom that can alert the driver of a potential issue.

1. Engine misfires and decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency

One of the first symptoms of an issue with the vehicle’s igniter is engine performance issues. If the igniter fails or has any problems it can compromise the engine spark. This can in turn lead to performance issues such as misfires, a loss in power and acceleration, a decrease in fuel efficiency, and in more serious cases engine stalling.

2. Check Engine Light comes on

An illuminated Check Engine Light is another symptom of a potential issue with the vehicle’s igniter. If the computer picks up any problems with the igniter signal or circuit, it will set off the Check Engine Light to alert the driver of an issue. The Check Engine Light can also be set off by performance issues possibly related to the igniter, such as the misfires, so it is best to have the computer scanned for trouble codes to help determine what the exact issue may be.

3. Car is not starting

Another symptom of a faulty igniter is a no start condition. The igniter is responsible for providing the signal for the ignition system to fire, if it fails it can disable the entire ignition system. A vehicle without a functional ignition system will not have spark, and as a result will not be able to start. A no start condition can also be caused by a wide variety of other issues, so a proper diagnosis is highly recommended.

As they are an electrical component, igniters may eventually wear out and need to be replaced, especially in high mileage vehicles. If you suspect that your igniter may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the igniter should be replaced.

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Nick

11 years of experience
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Nick
11 years of experience
Very professional and explained everything that was done and what to expect. Highly recommend Nick. Thank you
1994 CHEVROLET G20 - IGNITION IGNITOR - SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Patrick

12 years of experience
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Patrick
12 years of experience
If you're looking for a mechanic who is friendly, courteous, and has the professional expertise in vehicle services & repairs, I highly recommend Patrick. A smile awaits you and your vehicle.
2006 CHEVROLET COBALT - IGNITION IGNITOR - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Martin

26 years of experience
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Martin
26 years of experience
Martin came twice in one week--first to see what the problem was and second to fix it. He was 15 minutes early both times and quickly got to work. He was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure our car was running properly. He was very kind explaining everything and was very professional. We will be calling him again when the occasion arises. Thanks Martin!
2007 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - IGNITION IGNITOR - NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

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Jeramiah was more than I ever expected in a mobile mechanic. He is punctual, considerate, amazingly knowledgeable and makes you feel totally at ease. Its hard finding a good mechanic you can truly trust. I'm proud to say Jeramiah is the ONLY mechanic i would trust with my and my familys cars.
2006 SATURN ION - IGNITION IGNITOR - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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