Tag: ignition

24 Posts

Jun 01, 1999

Why aren't headlights designed to shut off when you turn off the ignition?

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Can you tell me why car makers don't connect the headlight switch to the ignition switch Every morning or after a heavy rain you drive into any parking lot and see a dozen cars parked with the headlights on resulting...

headlights ignition design

Feb 01, 1998

What to do about an '81 backfiring Chevy...short of buying a '91.

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I have an ' Chevy Caprice and it backfires What do I have to do to correct this problem -- Lawrence RAY Get a ' Chevy Caprice TOM Most of the backfiring I've seen on these cars is the type...

carburetors ignition

Feb 01, 1998

A Ford that's bucking like a Bronco just might need a new electronic ignition control module.

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My ' Ford LTD runs great most of the time But every so often it will cut out and buck like a bronco Usually an increase or decrease in acceleration will clear it up But sometimes I have to pull...

ignition

Oct 01, 1997

A car starting infrequently when the key is turned could be caused by a number of things. Here's where to look.

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I have a ' Camaro -- and believe it or not my name is NOT Donna -- that I think either has an electrical short or a key that isn't working properly Sometimes I turn the key in the ignition...

starters ignition diagnostics

Apr 01, 1996

Sluggish starts? Check these three things.

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My Renault Alliance -liter has more power in Reverse than in Drive What can I do to stop the sluggishness when starting from a stopped position -- Ariel RAY The truth is most cars feel zippy in Reverse because the...

engines ignition catalytic converters

Nov 01, 1995

Did I get taken for a ride or does it cost that much to replace an ignition module?

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I have a Chevrolet Lumina with miles Last Monday the car started fine when I drove to work but when I went to go home it would not start It cranked away but would not fire up I had the...

ignition

Jul 01, 1995

Electrical wiring issue...or a ghost?

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I've got a tough one for you My daughter's Ford Probe GT was possessed by a ghost at a cemetery three years ago She parked it and turned off the ignition but everything lights radio engine stayed on So she...

ignition

May 01, 1995

What could be causing this "washboard" effect in my Tercel?

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Our Toyota Tercel has a peculiar problem that we haven't been able to demonstrate for our Toyota dealer or our local mechanic When the car has been out in the rain overnight parked on the street as usual after starting...

ignition

Mar 01, 1994

A friend and I both have Chevrolet Berettas His is...

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A friend and I both have Chevrolet Berettas His is an ' mine is a ' We both have the same problem At times when the ignition key is turned on a puff of smoke and even a flame shoot...

smoke ignition

Nov 01, 1993

A misfiring engine on a Ford Pinto.

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I own a Ford Pinto Oh boy that has a peculiar problem I will be cruising down the highway when all of a sudden the engine will start to miss The miss gets more and more severe until I have...

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