As car fans, we know that without fuel an engine will never work, but without spark either, that's why one of the most important components that we should pay attention to is the ignition coil, which is the one that throws sparks to the cylinder with the purpose of turning on the air / gas mixture and its main function is to raise the electric current of 12 volts from the car battery to 24,000 volts, energy that is transferred to the spark plug. Once we understand the basics of this auto part, we can now talk about making the sparks jump! When tuning our car with a high-performance ignition coil.
By completing this we will not only have a high standard voltage, but we will also experience an electrical power up to 45,000 volts, almost double than a normal coil can do. But not all high-performance coils are compatible with the 12 volts of our car, so they require a series resistor, which is bridged and then the coil is temporarily overloaded, which ensures us to get much higher voltages. But do not be discouraged if you think it is too difficult to deal with this, because there are also high-performance coils with integrated series resistance, so if you buy them, installation will be very easy.
There are several types of coils available in the market, the most usual are oil-filled, as well as epoxy-filled. The oil ones can be purchased in a chrome finish that gives the engine a competitive style, while the epoxy ones are designed for engines with more vibration. The high-performance coil offers larger distances of contact with the spark plugs which gives more power to the engine and consumes lower amounts of gasoline. When buying your coil, you should check if it is compatible with your car's ignition system, for example, one of the most common ignition systems is capacitive discharge.
It is also important that you check that the coil fits well in the original support or that it contains special supports for its installation. With this modification you will also achieve some secondary improvements such as eliminating noise and failures when starting your car. But remember, for perfect operation you have to replace the spark plugs for high-performance ones and the wires for ones that support more electrical power. One tip about changing spark plug wires is to avoid touching each other as well as preventing them from touching other parts of the engine, because they get damaged with vibration.
In a lot of tuning enthusiasts’ forums, discussions are opened on this type of modifications, with opinions divided between those who think that the improvement in efficiency helps to highlight the power of the engine and, on the other hand those who think it is pure luxury. And you, do you think the optimization of the ignition system is helpful? Write us in the comments if you have ever done so and what your experience was. If you want to know everything about tuning every single detail of your car, subscribe to the blog, check our social networks and stay in tune!