Starting a car was at one time a physically demanding, and dangerous process. The possibility of a backfire could mean a broken hand or arm with early crank systems. Over time, the ignition system of a vehicle evolved into an electronic, proximity activated push button starter that activated all sorts of vehicle systems with ease. Your ignition is the starting point for all the driving you do, from a simple commute to a record breaking lap. When it comes time for ignition system repair, book with the experts at Gary’s Automotive.

Ignition System RepairIgnition System Repair- The Basics

The purpose of the ignition system is to start the internal combustion process in the engine. The ignition system sends a charge to the starter motor, which is powered by the battery, which gets recharged by the alternator. Once the starter motor receives power, It begins the process of turning over the engine. As the engine turns over, the spark plugs begin to fire and the combustion cycle can take place. Ignition systems are more than just a key and a battery however, and Gary’s serves all aspects of your ignition system with quality service. Lets look at a basic ignition system:

Alternator: The alternator is responsible for keeping your battery charged. Without a battery, your car would be unable to start, and none of it’s electrical systems would be of any use.

Car Battery: Almost as important as your engine, your vehicle’s battery is used to power the electrical components in your car. It engages the starter motor, which is responsible for the initial powering of the vehicle.

Starter Motor: The starter motor is powered by the battery. When you turn the key, a current is sent to the starter motor solenoid, which activates the drive gear in the starter motor. This process only lasts a brief moment, but without this process the vehicle would not start.

When Is It Time For Service?

Ignition systems don’t contain any wear parts, or other indicators that service is due. There is one dead giveaway that you’re in need of service, and that if you turn the key and your car doesn’t start. A flat battery can be the sign of either a bad battery or bad alternator. A functional battery but still no ability to start the engine can be the sign of a bad starter motor.

No matter the cause, the expert mechanics at Gary’s Automotive can perform reliable ignition system repair on your vehicle!


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