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The Basics of Ignition Parts: How the Distributor Works in Your Car December 5, 2017

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The Basics of Ignition Parts: How the Distributor Works in Your Car, Hilo, Hawaii

The ignition system in your vehicle provides a spark that ignites the air-fuel mixture in the engine, which starts your car. This occurs with the help of many ignition parts that work together, including the distributor. The experts at Automotive Supply Center in Hilo, HI, highlight the importance of it in the overall system. To help drivers diagnose faulty ignition parts and other automotive issues, their team put together some basic information regarding the distributor.

What Is the Ignition Distributor?

ignition partsOverall the ignition system includes a coil, distributor, rotor, wires, and spark plugs. As an enclosed rotating shaft, the ignition distributor sends a high voltage current from your system’s coil and to the spark plugs. Most vehicles today also use an ECU, which helps to control the spark and adjust the ignition timing.

How Does This Ignition Part Work?

Once your system’s coil generates a powerful spark from the battery, it sends it to the distributor, which spins quickly and precisely. As it does so, sparks travel to the various plugs at precise intervals so that they receive the energy at the right time. To do this, the distributor transports the sparks from the coil through a rotor, which is connected to the spinning distributor. As the rotor spins, it comes into contact with various points of the engine, sending the sparks to plug wires.

When the distributor or another ignition part fails, it becomes impossible to start your vehicle. If this happens, turn to the experts at Automotive Supply Center. With a vast on-site inventory, as well as a growing, experienced team, these professionals can offer expertise and competitive pricing to ensure your vehicle continues running. If you’d like to learn more about their automotive supplies and services, give them a call today at (808) 935-3767. You can also view their inventory online

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