BMW offers an exciting driving experience through engineering excellence, providing quality rides and vehicle longevity. BMWs also come with their own mechanical issues which owners should guard against, including a tendency for ignition module failure. Let’s talk about the importance of the ignition modules, signs and symptoms of failure, and when it is time for replacement of this integral component.
When you put your key inside your car’s ignition or push the start button, it sends a message to the ignition module to start the combustion cycle of the engine. This is accomplished by transmitting a spark down something called the “ignition coil” in order to start the car’s engine.So, if the ignition module isn’t functioning properly, there is no signal to begin the process of cycling the engine to drive your BMW.
Not only is this component integral to the ignition of your engine, but failure of this module can also cause problems while driving. When the ignition module begins to fail, your car may stall without warning. The engine may receive a false signal to stop the cycle. In this case, wherever or however you’re using your car, it may completely lose all power. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly dangerous for you, your passengers, and other drivers.
Ignition module failures can be incredibly dangerous if you are merging into heavy traffic or crossing traffic with oncoming cars in your path and your engine stalls. This is why it is of utmost importance to be aware of signs of ignition module failure. Protect yourself and your passengers by paying close attention to any sign of problems with starting your BMW.
All of the symptoms listed below are common signs that something could be wrong with your ignition module. If you experience any of these problems, you need to have your BMW inspected as soon as possible:
If you are car savvy and a good DIYer, you can test the ignition module yourself at home. In order to do this, you will need a multimeter tool to assess the condition of the electrical system in the component itself. The ignition module has to have enough electricity to send to the ignition coils so that the spark plugs fire and begin the combustion process within your engine.
Testing your ignition module at home isn’t necessary, but if you’ve noticed some of the symptoms listed above, using this method can be a helpful way of figuring out what could be going on in your BMW. In the end, you’ll still need a trusted mechanic to inspect your car and determine what the right steps are in fixing the underlying problem.
Many will opt for simply taking their BMW to a trusted technician to perform the proper diagnostic testing quickly and efficiently. They will develop a plan of action with you and repair or replace the ignition module safely.
The dangers of a faulty ignition module are a true concern. It is important that you bring your car to a BMW specialist in order for the problem to be diagnosed properly and fixed quickly to get you back on the road safely.
If you need to replace the ignition module in your BMW, make the best choice for your car’s longevity and future performance by bringing it into Euro Plus Automotive. We serve the area of Los Angeles County in Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, and San Fernando Valley, CA. We are staffed with mechanics who are expertly trained and ready to address your vehicle’s needs. Call us today.