Alfa Romeo Ignition Wire Set
How to Test Your Alfa Romeo Ignition Wire Set for Problems
Just like the veins in the human body, your Alfa Romeo ignition wire set serves as a significant link in an automobile electrical system. The wires transport electricity from the battery down to the spark plugs, enabling your vehicle to operate smoothly on the road. When the ignition wires fail, engine performance will decrease. On some occasions, your vehicle may not run at all. Below are some common issues related to ignition wire failure and the things that you can do to prevent the problem from getting out of hand:
Rough engine idling
Bad ignition wires can inhibit the transmission of electrical current from the engine down to the spark plugs. When this happens, you might notice some changes in your car engine's performance such as rough idling. An interruption in the flow of electricity could be due to some damages on the ignition wire insulation. A visual inspection is one way of checking for ignition wire breaks. Simply trace the length of the wires-bending them gently as you go-to check if there is any crack along the insulation. Replace the ignition wire if you find any damage on it.
While your car's engine is engaged, you might notice a clicking noise from under the hood of your car. The noise or electrical snap is brought by a break in the ignition wires. To check for ignition wire breaks, turn off the engine, take a screwdriver, and run it along the entire length of the ignition wires. If there's a break on one of the wires, you'll hear a snap when you run the screwdriver along the wires. Replace the affected wires and turn on the engine once again to check for snapping noises.
Other troubleshooting tips
If you notice that your car's performance has decreased significantly, it could be because of the intermittent flow of electricity traveling from the battery to the spark plugs. When a visual inspection is not enough to diagnose the problem, use a voltmeter to measure the power running through the wires. Make sure to set the reading to OHM. Take note that normal reading depends on the length of the ignition wires you have in your vehicle. Replace any wire that reads below normal.