Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can I drive 500 miles with a bad ignition coil?

asked by on

I have had a bad ignition coil in my car since June but otherwise my car is mechanically sound. It's made it from Atlanta to Winston Salem and Atlanta to Richmond VA twice. I need to go to Virginia again this weekend. Can I make it?

My car has 126000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Unfortunately, a faulty ignition coil is kn...

Unfortunately, a faulty ignition coil is known for randomly failing with or without warning. There are usually indications that it may be failing, however, it is often times difficult to know just how long it may last once it begins to start failing. If possible, I would I would try to have the faulty ignition coil addressed before leaving, otherwise, a long road trip would be risky.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: No spark with new ignition coil

You probably have a bad crankshaft sensor. If the computer does not read a signal from the crank sensor when trying to start the car, it does not send power to the fuel pump or ignition coil. A certified technician...

Q: How do you select files from the iPod menu?

If your car is equipped with the multi-information display system, then you have the ability to connect your iPod to the radio and enjoy “your tunes” wherever you go. Of course, that means you’ll need to know how to navigate...

Q: car won't start

Hello there, many faults will prevent your 1995 Dodge Neon from starting. I am unsure of your meaning of the air valve. Common causes of a no start condition are the battery, starter, fuel pump, ignition switch, battery cables, fuel...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.