How to Replace Your Car's Igniter
One car part that cannot be repaired or maintained is the igniter. This box-like component, which is also called an ignition module, functions as an electronic switch that times the firing of the spark plugs with the pistons' rotation. A damaged igniter will prevent the flow of current through the circuit when the car is turned on. So, if you find yourself having a hard time starting your engine, your ignition module might be reaching the end of its life. Only replacement of this part will bring back your car's ignition system to its full potential.
Igniter replacement only requires a bit of mechanical knowledge. By preparing these tools beforehand and by following these steps, you will be guaranteed of a successful igniter replacement task.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- New ignition module (one appropriate for your car's model)
- Phillips and flat-tip screwdrivers
- Ratchet and socket set
Step 1: Locate the ignition module of your car. Some models have the ignition module under the dashboard, while others have it mounted inside the distributor.
Step 2: Remove the connecting plugs away from the module. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the clamp that holds the connecting plugs together. Damage to this clamp will require replacement of the connectors.
Step 3: Remove the screws that mount the module in place. Gently lift the module from the mounting place and set it aside.
Step 4: Put the new module on the mounting surface. Replace the screws and rotate them clockwise until tight.
Step 5: Plug the wire connectors into the sockets on your newly installed ignition module. Turn your car's ignition key to
on. Then, test for voltage flow to and from the connectors using a digital volt-ohm meter (DVOM).
Step 6: Check if the module is properly installed by connecting your test light to the negative side of the coil. The light must flicker on and off once the engine is cranked over.