How To Set Ignition Timing
Automotive Basics

How To Set Ignition Timing

Setting the timing on your engine is one of the most misunderstood adjustments, but the information on this video will help you understand and answer all of your questions about ignition timing. [Read More…]
Ignition System Coil and Distributor
Automotive Basics

Understanding Ignition Systems

The ignition system is a key component in making an engine run because it provides a way for the fuel mixture in the engine to burn. All gasoline engines require an ignition system. Most four stroke engines use mechanically timed electrical ignition systems. [Read More…]
understanding spark plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Spark Plugs

A spark plug is a device that delivers electric current from the ignition system in the combustion chamber to ignite the compressed air/fuel mixture with a spark. Spark plugs a metal threaded shell, electrically isolated from a central electrode by a porcelain insulator. [Read More…]
Engine Ignition Coil
Automotive Basics

Understanding Ignition Coils

Ignition coils, also known as spark coils are an induction coil in an automobile’s ignition system. It transforms a storage battery’s 12 volts to the thousands of volts needed to spark the spark plugs. [Read More…]
Automotive Basics

Understanding Distributors

Distributors are an important part of the ignition system in an internal combustion engine. They are a device that routes the high voltage into the correct firing order to the spark plugs. Both magnetos and battery ignitions have distributors. [Read More…]
Common Firing Orders
Technical Info

Common Firing Orders

MSD Ignition created this helpful chart that display many common V8 firing orders and distrubutor direction for AMC, Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. [Read More…]
How to Test an Ignition Coil
How To & DIY

How to Test an Ignition Coil

This testing procedure is valid for just about any automotive ignition coil coil. Using an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the side terminals of the coil. Do this with all of the wires to the coil disconnected. You should see 0.75 to 0.81 ohms of resistance… [Read More…]
Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs

Spark Plug seizure in an aluminum cylinder head is usually caused by improper installation and too much torque. Aluminum alloys are softer than cast iron. Different plug shell and head materials cause these metals to expand and contract at different rates. [Read More…]