The combustion process that occurs when the car is started is vital for the car to move. For this process to take place, several different components must work together. Among the most important parts of the combustion process is the ignition coil. When the car key is turned, the ignition coil will create a spark that is supposed to ignite the fuel-air mixture in your engine. This part is used every time you try to start the engine, which is why it is so important that they are not repaired.
Your car’s ignition coil is supposed to last about 100,000 miles or more. There are a number of factors that can cause this part to be damaged prematurely. Most of the newer cars on the market have a hard plastic cover designed to protect the coil from damage. Because of all the copper wire inside an ignition coil, it can be easily damaged over time from heat and humidity. Having a coil in your car that doesn’t fire the way it should can lower the overall level of functionality your engine has.
Leaving a damaged ignition coil in a car for long periods of time will generally lead to further damage to the cables and plugs. Typically, the damage a coil incurs will be caused by things like leaking oil or other fluids shorting it out. Before replacing a coil that has been damaged in this way, you will need to find out where the leak is and what is the best way to repair it.
The following are some of the warning signs that you will notice when it is time to get a new ignition coil:
- The car won’t start
- Engine fails regularly
- The check engine light is on
Taking steps to replace the damaged ignition coil will help reduce the level of damage that is done to the other ignition components. Letting professionals handle this job can save you a lot of time and frustration.