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A coil-on-plug ignition is much more beneficial than the traditional ignition system, particularly because the spark plug wires are removed from the equation. Meaning, you remove one possible source from which problems can originate. But, that doesn't mean you don't have anything more to worry about-you also have to keep track of the ignition coil set in your ride. A COP ignition has more ignition coils, directly attached to the spark plugs. The set-up is more advantageous, so long as you keep the coils in great shape. If the coil becomes weak over time or if the coil terminals are loose, you may encounter problems such as a misfire. However, the coil is not always the reason for a misfire, so you'd have to perform correct diagnosis. You can test the ignition coil set, which is very easy by the way. You can check the coils' resistance with the help of an ohmmeter. If the resistance is not within the correct limit, you'd have to get new coils. We at Auto Parts Warehouse have a wide array of ignition parts and other vehicle components. Finding your needed ignition coil set is easy because we have a Part Finder that can help you with your shopping. So, order immediately!
Considerations in Selecting an Idle Control Motor
We figure you’re not the type of person who likes to start their car constantly. That’s what’s happening, isn’t it? We feel you. Choosing an idle control motor is a fairly straightforward affair. There are, however, still a couple of factors that you have to take into careful consideration to make sure that you find the right one.
OEM v replacement
Most people like to go for OEM because they believe that price dictates quality. The aftermarket today, however, has gotten highly competitive and replacement parts manufacturers now focus on great quality.
So, in considering OEM versus replacement, it comes down to build quality over everything else. Motors are a coming together of many different gears or all shapes and sizes, an electric capacitor to store energy, and a transistor to transform that energy into motion.
Look at the specifications of the motor you are getting, and check that they are using the most sturdy of metals for the gears—copper is cheaper but much more flimsy; go for steel or aluminum. Check that the capacitor and transistor is rated to the correct specs for your ride.
Fit is foremost
Whether you are an OEM-diehard or a replacement-hipster, this next bit is most important. When buying an idle control motor, always refer to your owner’s manual for the specific part number or, failing that, search for a motor based on the exact year, make, and model that you drive around in. We cannot emphasize exactness enough.
It’s not simply about the physical fit, you see. Even the wiring layout between vehicles varies. Not by much, but even one or two wires less is enough to throw a spanner in the works and render your purchase ineffectual.
Here’s where online retailers can help you out quite a bit. Most good online retailers have drop down options that help you refine your search with a high degree of specificity. With these, you make things so much easier for yourself by limiting the choices to those that will fit you. In fact, the only thing left to worry about is how much money to invest!
Keeping Your Idle Control Motor Well-Maintained
When you are having trouble keeping your car idling at a stop, the first tendency is to groan, compute replacement costs for an idle control motor, and bemoan the general unfairness of the world around you. The truth-and good news-is that, sometimes, all you need to do is clean up your idle control motor to get it back and running again! Did we mention that it is cheaper than buying a new motor?
Difficulty level: Easy
Stuff you will need:
- Your owner's manual
- Hose clamp remover tool
- Screwdrivers-flat- and Phillips-head
- Carburetor cleaner
- Clean rags
- 1/4-inch ratchet and socket
Step 1: Disconnect the negative terminal of your battery, and allow it to sit for a good spell (30 or so minutes) before beginning work under the hood.
Step 2: Referring to your vehicle's owner's manual, locate the idle control motor. This is normally located near the throttle body of your engine-it's very specific to the layout of your vehicle, however so be sure you have the correct specs down to pat.
Step 3: Carefully look over the attached vacuum hose for any signs of dry-rot and cracks that may have formed over the passage of time.
*Note* Any signs of wear should be addressed with a replacement immediately upon discovery.
Step 4: Unplug the wiring harness connector. Depending on the specifics of you idle motor, this might require you to use the flat-head screwdriver to pry off the snaps that attach it.
*Note* In some cases, the harness comes off easily. Just look over the set-up of your idle control motor to determine which is which.
Step 5: Unscrew the bolts that are holding down the motor. These are commonly two in number though some models have as many as three.
Step 6: Remove the idle control motor from its receptacle, and examine the idle air needle. This is about the size of your pinky finger and is vulnerable to carbon build-up. You can use the carburetor cleaner to spray and clean only the needle itself.
*Caution* Avoid getting any cleaner on the electrical portions of the motor as this might cause some really serious damage. The aim is not to get the motor perfectly clean-just clean enough to work properly!
Step 7: Allow the motor to dry completely.
Step 8: Re-install the dried motor back into its slot, and secure it tightly with the bolts you took out.
*Caution* Do not over-tighten the screws. With the constant vibrations of the engine, screws that are too tight might just break off over time!
Step 9: Plug the connector back in, check that the wiring is intact, and reconnect the battery.