Ignition System

(972) 264-7000

520 W Pioneer Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75051


ignition system maintenance

Ignition system maintenance involves inspecting and maintaining the components responsible for starting the engine and generating power for the vehicle's electrical systems. This includes the spark plugs, ignition coils, distributor (if applicable), and spark plug wires. Signs that indicate it's time for ignition system maintenance include difficulty starting the engine, rough idling, engine misfires, and decreased fuel efficiency. Regular maintenance of the ignition system helps ensure optimal engine performance, fuel efficiency, and reliability.

When to Get Ignition System Checked:
  1. If you experience difficulty starting the engine or if it cranks slowly

  2. If you notice rough idling, engine misfires, or a decrease in engine performance

  3. If your vehicle's check engine light comes on, indicating a potential issue with the ignition system

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Signs it's Time to Check Your Ignition System

Difficulty Starting

If your vehicle struggles to start or requires multiple attempts, it may indicate issues with the ignition system. This could be due to faulty spark plugs, a failing ignition coil, or other components.

Engine Misfiring

A noticeable jerking or stuttering sensation while driving, especially during acceleration, could suggest misfires in the engine. Ignition system problems, such as worn spark plugs or a malfunctioning ignition module, may be the cause.

Poor Fuel Efficiency

A sudden drop in fuel efficiency without an apparent reason may be linked to problems in the ignition system. Inefficient combustion due to issues like worn-out spark plugs can lead to decreased mileage.


Unusual sounds like clunking or creaking when turning the steering wheel can indicate problems with various components, such as worn-out ball joints or damaged tie rods. Addressing these issues early prevents further damage.

Check Engine Light

The illumination of the check engine light on your dashboard can be an early indicator of ignition system issues. A diagnostic scan can pinpoint the specific problem within the system.

Rough Idling

If your engine idles unevenly or produces noticeable vibrations while at a standstill, it may be indicative of ignition system problems. This could include issues with spark plugs, the ignition coil, or the fuel delivery system.

Unusual Engine Sounds

Strange noises like popping, backfiring, or loud knocking sounds could signal ignition system issues. These noises may result from misfires or irregular combustion caused by faulty components.

Reduced Power and Acceleration

A noticeable loss of power and sluggish acceleration can be attributed to a compromised ignition system. Components like spark plugs and ignition coils play a crucial role in maintaining engine performance.

Burnt Smell from Engine Compartment

A burnt smell originating from the engine compartment could indicate overheating or electrical issues within the ignition system. Immediate attention is needed to prevent further damage.

High Mileage and Age

With higher mileage or aging vehicles, wear and tear on ignition system components become more likely. Routine checks and maintenance become increasingly important for reliable ignition performance.