A Brief Review Of The Car Ignition System
As its name implies, your Car Ignition System is the very vital component of you vehicle that ignites the volatile mixture of fuel of air in the vehicle’s combustion chamber.
How A Car Ignition System Functions
It is the part of the vehicle responsible for sending out a huge amount of electricity (around 30,000-50,000 or more volts) to the spark plugs of each cylinder head of the engine. This voltage triggers the spark that immediately causes fuel combustion, which then produces the energy that powers the entire car.
Car Ignition System Types
The breaker point ignition system, this is the oldest form of ignition system, most vehicle engines from the dawn of automobiles up to the early 1970s, all had breaker point ignition systems.
It is made up two circuits, the primary circuit which carries low voltage and runs from the positive coil to the negative coil terminal and is controlled by the ignition switch, and the secondary circuit which traverses the positive coil terminal and the ignition wire situated at the center of the distributor cap. It also has a distributor as the control center of the entire system since it serves to divert the current to the specific spark plug needs power.
The electronic ignition system, just like how it was named, this ignition system uses electronics to replace the standard components of the breaker point distributors, namely the condenser, breaker plate, distributor cam, and distributor points. Instead of all these components, the electronic system simply has an electronic control module and an armature. This system is virtually maintenance free and can handle a higher voltage, with a longer and hotter spark, leading to increased fuel efficiency.
The distributor-less ignition system is the latest and most advanced Car Ignition System, it does away with moving parts and can be completely controlled by a computer. The timing of the spark is controlled by an engine control unit and an ignition control unit. This system provides a much more efficient fuel combustion system and reduces the need for maintenance since there are no moving parts to wear out.