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Understanding Stop/Start Charging and Starting Systems

The problem may not have been caused by a complicated reason, something simple may have caused the system not to work.

Remanufacturing And The EV-Battery Challenge

One researcher is particularly interested in the fate of EV batteries once they reach the end of their automotive lifecycle.

How Ignition Coils And Plugs Find The Path Of Least Resistance

No matter if it is the secondary or primary side of the coil, inspecting the grounds should be one of the first tests.

Ford Adaptive Cruise Control Alignment Process

Follow these steps for proper horizontal alignment of the cruise control module radar sensor.

Chrysler’s Totally Integrated Power Module Simplifies Circuits

The symptoms of a failing TIPM can vary depending on the vehicle. Check out your options for this repair.

Trakmotive Tech Tip: Window Regulator Installation

Here are eight tips to make your next window regulator replacement easier.

Multi-Spark Ignition Systems

You may have seen the stories about plasma or laser ignition systems that promise to give new life to the internal combustion engine. But while these ignition systems have yet to make it to market the latest ignition innovation still uses a coil and spark plug.

VIDEO: How Modules Manage Alternator Power

Andrew Markel discusses power flow through the electrical system on a vehicle, and how the modules help provide the right amount of power to different components. Sponsored by Valeo.

VIDEO: Checking Key Fob Signal And Operation

Doug Kaufman discusses how to diagnose key fob issues, from fixing low signal to learning new fobs after they are lost or failed. Sponsored by Blue Streak.

VIDEO: No-Start No-Crank On Vehicles With Transponder Keys

Doug Kaufman discusses no-start and no-crank issues on vehicles, and the different diagnostic processes and tools you can use to find the problem. Sponsored by Blue Streak.

VIDEO: Ignition Coil Circuit Testing

Doug Kaufman explains the proper diagnostic process for ignition coils in order to avoid swapping parts. Sponsored by Blue Streak.

What Kills An Ignition Coil?

Modern ignition coils are typically located between two camshafts on the valve cover and exposed to dirt and oil. But, even if a coil is mounted in a cool, clean and vibration-free environment, if the gap on the spark plug is not correct or there are issues with high resistance in the cylinder, it won’t take long for a coil to fail.