Post on October 12, 2020 by ultimateauadmin
All the parts under your hood can have issues, and some of those issues may actually be bigger than they appear at first glance. To that end, taking your Mini into a trusted shop when these problems appear is the best way to keep your Mini functioning properly.
One such issue that is extremely important and can be detrimental to your car as a whole is problems with the ignition coil. Few people know the purpose of this part, but it is integral to your vehicle working.
Without an ignition coil, your car would not be able to function. Therefore, let’s first look at what exactly the ignition coil does so that we may begin to understand how a damaged ignition coil affects your vehicle.
The Ignition Coil’s Purpose
Under the hood of your car, the voltage provided by the battery when trying to start your car is nowhere near strong enough to actually get the process going. That’s where the ignition coil comes into the picture.
This part functions as an induction coil that transforms the volts provided by the battery into the thousands required to ignite the engine’s air to fuel mixture and get the car operating.
In the past, there used to only be one ignition coil for the entire vehicle, but more often than not in today’s models, there is one ignition coil for every cylinder under the hood. Therefore, in a standard V6, there could theoretically be 6 ignition coils. Damage to any of these would prevent your car from starting.
With even a single-coil damaged, your engine could misfire or sputter out without warning, something that can be dangerous to the health of you and any vehicle passengers. Therefore, taking the time to watch for the signs of a damaged ignition coil is the best thing you can do during this time.
A damaged ignition coil will reflect an inability to provide the necessary power needed to ignite the air and fuel mixture in the engine. This mixture is responsible for sending the pistons within the cylinders flying down, which means that energy cannot be generated for the wheels. So, a damaged ignition coil will stop your car from being able to successfully drive.
Signs of a Damaged Ignition Coil
Fortunately for any vehicle owner, there are a number of signs that can let you know when your ignition coil has become damaged. Keep a vigilant eye out for these signs as they can help you stop problems with your car before they develop into a problem that is worse for your vehicle.
If an ignition coil under the hood of your car is not working properly, you may notice that your engine begins to misfire. as the air and fuel mixture is not igniting. This would be reflected by a coughing sound within the engine. It can make you wonder why your engine sounds as if it is dying.
Check Engine Light
Your check engine light is connected to the onboard computer system of your car which is very capable of detecting even small problems under the hood. If your check engine light comes on, coupled with some other symptoms on this list, it is more than likely that your ignition coils are damaged.
Your Car Won’t Start
As discussed, your car would not be able to start with damaged ignition coils. If the air and fuel mixture is not ignited under the hood, your engine will not turn over and your car may be stuck where you parked it. Check to see if your battery is still full. If so, it could mean the charge is not getting converted by the ignition coils.
Ultimate European Repair Can Help
At Ultimate European Repair, we understand the intricacies of your Mini. It is our goal to get you back out on the road as soon as possible and to restore the reliability of your car that you love.
We service a number of vehicles ranging from BMW, Mini, and Audi, which means our certified technicians have the experience needed to fix your problems. Additionally, we have worked with clients around Goodyear, Buckeye, Avondale, Phoenix, and Peoria, AZ which means we are a trusted name in the community.
Please give us a call or visit us today so that we may diagnose your vehicle for you. We look forward to earning your trust and business.
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