Tips to Keep Your Chevrolet Ignition Coil in Top Condition
If your vehicle is behaving strangely and giving you some trouble in terms of smooth driving, then one of the possible causes for this is a damaged ignition coil. Don't wait for bad ignition coil symptoms to manifest. Be proactive in protecting this part of your car, particularly when it comes to starting it correctly so that it doesn't fail.
Your Chevy's ignition coil takes its energy from the automobile's generator before relaying that power to your spark plugs. It's through this process that fuel ignition happens, which compels the engine pistons to move and your engine to start altogether. Once your ignition coil is fried, you won't even be able to start your vehicle at all. To avoid having your ignition coil fail, you should do the following things.
Start your car correctly every time.
In order to keep your ignition coils from failing, you should know how to start your car properly. Certain Chevy vans require you to at least start the engine once a day so as to avoid the vehicle from having cold starts and ignition coil issues later on, necessitating people pushing the vehicle just to get it to start properly once more.
You shouldn't keep revving up the automobile excessively when it won't start on its own either, because that could cause you to drain energy from your battery. You might even need to jumpstart the battery if you go too far with your attempts at starting the vehicle incorrectly. Remember to turn off your radio and A/C before starting your Chevy so that they don't drain battery power while starting your car.
Watch out for defective ignition modules and contact errors.
Aging coils tend to overheat due to internal short circuits throughout its operating life. When it goes through temperatures above 150 °C or 302 °F, your coil will become damaged beyond repair. The majority of the damage can be traced back to a defective end stage in the control unit or a compromised ignition module. Meanwhile, check for broken ignition cables or a decrease in battery power because it can lead to longer charge times and insufficient voltage supply for the ignition coil.
Marten bites might be present on your ignition coils as well, which is a mechanical type of damage involving cut tubes and cables. Other forms of damage that could wreck your coils include a worn valve seal that can't close properly and insulation breakage from oil leaks. What's more, if your ignition coil housing is damaged to the point of moisture penetration on the primary and/or secondary coil, then it's possible for the component to suffer through what's known as spark-over resistance.
Avoid exposing your ignition coil to unfavorable operating conditions.
Ignition coils are subject to wear and tear like any other component of your Chevrolet. Unfavorable operating conditions like vehicular overuse, the long passage of time, faulty voltage supply and constant internal short circuits could lead to overheating, increased ignition wear-down, reduction of service life, and outright coil damage.
Also keep in mind that the older the coil, the more susceptible it is to a breakdown. Coils typically last from 60,000 to 80,000 kilometers or 40,000 to 50,000 miles. However, various factors can shorten the lifespan of this component. Before replacing your bad coils, it's highly recommended that you check out the reason why they've been compromised so that you could prevent your replacement coils from suffering the same fate.