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 to burn. All gasoline engines require an ignition system. Most four stroke engines use [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. The central electrode, [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. This [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 [Read More…]
Common Firing Orders
Technical Info

Common Firing Orders

Common Firing Orders MSD Ignition created this helpful chart that display many common V8 firing orders and distrubutor direction… See Also: GM Body Style Codes Axle Flange Housing Identification Decimal Equivalents of Common Fractions How [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. Using an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the side terminals of the coil. Do this with all of the wires to the coil [Read More…]