Why do I need to service my ignition parts?

An ignition system is a system for igniting, using an electric spark, a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine. Today these items include spark plugs (used for sending spark to the fuel/air mixture); wires or coils (an ignition coil is a coil in a car’s ignition system that carries the voltage from the battery to spark the spark plugs in the ignition. Coils are electronic transformers that transform low-voltage pulses from the DC supply into higher voltage currents needed to spark machine engines); a battery (provides power to the vehicle when the vehicle is stationary); ignition switch (controls the amount of power flowing from battery to the ignition system); as well as some other parts depending on your vehicles age and design. A properly working ignition system means a properly starting engine and reliable performance from your vehicle.

Vehicle owners who decide to neglect normal maintenance service intervals can wind up having multiple costly repairs down the road. At Bob & Sons Automotive we recommend sticking to your vehicle manufacturer’s service recommendations. This will help keep your vehicle on the road longer while sustaining less breakdowns.

Attached to this article you will find a picture of an ignition coil for a Honda Fit. This coil looks brown in color because the rubber boot that protects the cylinder and spark plug from moisture and debris was worn out. The worn out boot allowed water into the cylinder and rusted the spark plug threads into the cylinder head.

This is just another example of why you should have your vehicle regularly serviced at a qualified auto repair shop. Remember: a little maintenance today keeps the big repair bills away.

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