This chapter focused on: Ignition System Purpose; Ignition System Components; and, Ignition System Generations.
Ignition System Related Sites
- Autolite Spark Plugs
- Bosch Auto Parts
- MSD Ignition (Autotronic Controls Corp.)
- NGK Spark Plugs
- Standard Motor Products, Inc.
The ignition system is designed to ignite the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Ignition systems have gone through three main generations: conventional, distributor, and electronic, and will continue to evolve. The EI system allows cylinders to be controlled individually, providing reliability, lowering emissions, improving performance, and increasing fuel efficiency. Even though the ignition system may seem complex with sensors and control modules, there are things that the do-it-yourselfer can do to maintain and tune-up the engine to make it run smoothly.
Activities and Study Questions
Activities and study questions can be completed in the Auto Upkeep Workbook.
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