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What is a car igniter?

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A car igniter is a component in the car's engine that is responsible for sending a signal from within the distributor to the ignition coil, making the spark plugs fire. It is also known as the ignition control module.

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The igniter or ignition control module can be located inside the distributor or may be a separate component on its own. In some applications, the unit is also responsible for advancing or retarding the engine's timing. Potential signs of a failing igniter include sputtering, stalling and difficulty starting the car. Because the igniter is responsible for firing the spark plugs, when the unit fails, the engine fails to start.

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