Car Won’t Start? Issues & Components within the Ignition System

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The first day of fall is today, September 22nd, which means cold weather is now on the horizon. And as you may know, cooler weather can wreak havoc on your car or truck. And, this is the time of year most people start experiencing issues when trying to start their car. As experts in ignition systems for Minneapolis, we would like to provide an outline of the ignition system’s components and a few of the issues to look out for.

Your car sits outside overnight and sometimes that means it will not start the following day. If it doesn’t start at first, try turning the key again and hold it for up to 20 seconds but no longer than that. Do not continuously crank the key in the ignition if it does not immediately start.

Check to make sure things like the car stereo, heater and any lights are off and then try again. If possible, try to get a jumpstart from someone. If that still does not work, have your car towed to a trusted auto care shop like Auto Electric and we can see what’s going on. Sometimes, the cold air will affect your car or ignition systems in such a way that it will not easily turn on.

About the Ignition System

Your car’s engine needs three things to run; air, fuel and a spark. Your ignition system’s job is to ignite the spark plugs in order to generate power to run the engine. So when your car doesn’t start, one of the first places to look is your ignition. There are many elements of the ignition system to look at when it doesn’t seem to be working properly, including:

• The battery
• Ignition coil
• Ignition module
• Ignition switch
• Distributor cap
• Spark plugs
• and more

The ignition systems is an array of components that all work together and since ignition systems consist of so many different parts, there are numerous different potential failure points.

So give us a call today and we can have your ignition systems looked at right away before a much bigger issue arises. We will be able to answer all of your questions and get you on our appointment schedule as soon as possible.

For more information about ignition systems in Minneapolis, give us a call at Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can Contact Us to schedule an appointment.

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