Saturn Ion-2 Ignition Coil
Bad Indicators of a Saturn Ion-2 Ignition Coil Going Down the Dumps
The internal combustion engine is one of man's greatest contributions to society. The one part that starts the ball rolling is called the ignition coil. The ignition coil is a simple electromagnet that cranks up the engine, providing as much as 100,000 volts of energy to make sure that all is running well. With such a big responsibility, this part will undoubtedly fail in the passing of time. But before it goes bye-bye, fortunately, there are signs that can help you figure out what's wrong. Here are those indicators when the ignition coil is at its last leg.
Declining fuel economy
Let's start with the most subtle of all the indicators. Declining fuel economy is, of many things, caused by the lack of power received by the spark plugs to start the combustion process. A defective ignition coil is sure to be a suspect for this one because it provides the primary and necessary energy for the spark plugs to work. With less power, the fuel can't be burned fully. Thus, the car feels sluggish. More fuel than usual has to be burned in order to provide the acceleration needed at high speeds. Therefore, the fuel economy of your car will decrease dramatically.
Backfires in the exhaust
With this indicator, you're going to realize more and more that the problem might be with the ignition coil. Backfiring occurs when the fuel that is not completely combusted continues to burn off inside the exhaust system. This creates a small explosion and can make gaskets and seals in the exhaust come loose. These backfires must be corrected immediately before the problem takes a turn for the worse.
Problems with starting the engine
By now, you already know that the ignition coil acts like an instigator for the combustion engine to get fired up. Obviously, when the ignition coil goes bad, it cannot give the means for the spark plug to ignite the combustion and therefore, the car will be suffering from hard starting. The car will have a harder time starting once the cold days arrive or if humidity is high so consider yourself warned.
Misfires in the engine is manifested through stuttering, vibrating, hesitating, jerking, and stalling; all of which are spark plug problems. However, if upon investigation and you find out that there's no fault with the spark plug, then the problem lies with the ignition coil. Like the other symptoms, this is caused by an ignition coil failing to supply electricity to the spark plug regularly and properly.