Fuel and Ignition System
Your vehicle’s fuel system works to provide fuel to your car’s engine as needed, to keep your vehicle running smoothly. The fuel system is made up of several parts, including the fuel tank, filter, pump, fuel lines, and the injections or carburetor. Over time, buildup forms on these fuel system parts which can cause the system to slow down. This is why it is so important to periodically bring your vehicle to Brad Holtkamp Automotive Inc in Mount Pleasant. We’ve been repairing cars since 1996 and are very familiar with all parts of your fuel system.
How does my vehicle’s fuel system work?
Your vehicle’s fuel pump sends fuel from the gas tank to your car’s engine. Some vehicles, including some from Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Hyundai, have multiple pumps and tanks so ensure you always have fuel when driving on different terrains, such as when taking a sharp turn or driving on a steep incline. The fuel pump also has fuel lines that send fuel from the tank to the engine, where it is combusted. To make sure the proper amount of fuel is distributed to the engine when needed, your vehicle has an electronically operated gate called a fuel injector that opens just long enough to meter the perfect amount of fuel to run the engine.
How does fuel injection work?
In order for your vehicle’s engine to run smoothly, it needs to be provided with the proper ratio of fuel to air. A fuel injector is an electronically controlled valve that supplies fuel from the fuel pump to the vehicle’s engine. The fuel injector is capable of opening and closing multiple times a second. When the injector is activated, an electromagnet moves a plunger that opens the valve, allowing pressurized fuel to squirt out through a tiny nozzle. The nozzle is designed to make the fuel as fine a mist as possible so that it can burn easily. The fuel injector is controlled by the vehicle’s engine control unit, or ECU.
How does a vehicle’s ignition system work?
When your engine mixes air and fuel, it adds a spark to create an explosion. This spark is referred to as the ignition. The ignition system consists primarily of an ignition coil, distributor, and spark plugs. Here’s a brief overview of what each of these parts do:
- Ignition coil: A component that takes your vehicle’s relatively low battery power and turns it into a spark powerful enough to ignite fuel vapor.
- Distributor: This piece of your ignition system is a spinner that distributes sparks to the appropriate spark plug at the right time. It does this through a spinning electrical contact called the rotor.
- Spark plug: The spark plug creates a blue spark that ignites the fuel and air mixture to create combustion.
Your vehicle’s ignition system repeats this process thousands of times per minute as you drive. It is integral that each part of your fuel and ignition systems work smoothly. If you are experiencing any trouble with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to bring it to Brad Holtkamp Automotive Inc in Henry County today. In addition to fuel and ignition system repair, we also offer services in engine repair and brake service.
Your expertly trained Shop for Fuel and Ignition System Repair
At Brad Holtkamp Automotive Inc, we are experts in all things auto repair and can repair your vehicle efficiently and cost-effectively.
Here’s why so many residents in Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas trust us with their fuel and ignition service:
- Locally owned and operated since 1996
- Only OEM and OEM-approved parts/components
- We have excellent reviews based on feedback from hundreds of satisfied customers.
- Local Shuttle Service
- Free WiFi, refreshments, and child-friendly waiting area
We’ve been fixing cars since 1996 and our owner Brad Holtkamp prioritizes top-quality customer service above all else. Our mission is to exceed your expectations by earning your trust, and providing the most reliable, honest, and courteous service available in the market today. If you are in Mount Pleasant, Winfield, Salem, New London, Fort Madison or surrounding areas, feel free to call us at 319-986-5193 or go online to schedule an appointment!
For a full range of auto repairs in Mt. Pleasant, IA, count on the team of professionals at Brad Holtkamp Automotive.