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Ignition System Quiz Questions And Answers - Quiz

Do you know about an ignition system? Play the below quiz and give the correct answers to the questions related to this system. An ignition system is the most important part of an automobile engine that generates a spark or heat to fire up the fuel to kickstart the engine of the car. The test consists of some basic questions related to the ignition system of automobile engineering. Do you think you can score well on the quiz? Try it out and see for yourself. All the best, buddy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Ignition coils are basically:

    • A.

      Step-down transformers.

    • B.

      Step-up transformers.

    • C.

      Ballast resistors.

    • D.

      Switching transistors.

    Correct Answer
    B. Step-up transformers.
    Explanation
    Ignition coils are devices used in the ignition system of internal combustion engines to convert the low voltage from the battery into the high voltage needed to create a spark in the spark plugs. They achieve this by utilizing the principle of electromagnetic induction, where a changing current in the primary coil induces a high voltage in the secondary coil. This process involves stepping up the voltage, making ignition coils function as step-up transformers.

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  • 2. 

    A high-voltage spark must cross the spark plug electrode as the piston approaches top dead center (TDC) of the

    • A.

      Exhaust stroke.

    • B.

      Ignition stroke.

    • C.

      Intake stroke.

    • D.

      Compression stroke.

    Correct Answer
    D. Compression stroke.
    Explanation
    Once the fuel and air mixture has compressed, a spark is needed to ignite the mixture.

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  • 3. 

    When the driver turns the key to the start position, an electrical connection is made between the vehicle battery and the ____________ of the ignition coil.

    • A.

      Secondary winding

    • B.

      Ballast resistor

    • C.

      Primary winding

    • D.

      Distributor

    Correct Answer
    C. Primary winding
    Explanation
    When the driver turns the key to the start position, an electrical connection is made between the vehicle battery and the primary winding of the ignition coil. The primary winding is responsible for receiving the electrical current from the battery and creating a magnetic field. This magnetic field is then used to induce a higher voltage in the secondary winding of the ignition coil, which is connected to the spark plugs. This higher voltage is necessary for creating the spark that ignites the fuel-air mixture in the engine cylinders, allowing the engine to start and run.

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  • 4. 

    The type of ignition system in which two cylinders share one coil is called a:

    • A.

      Distributor ignition system.

    • B.

      Waste spark ignition system.

    • C.

      Coil-on plug ignition system.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Waste spark ignition system.
    Explanation
    It's called waste spark because it fires on a pair of engine cylinders on opposite engine cycles.

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  • 5. 

    Most vehicles today use the _________ type of ignition system.

    • A.

      Coil-on-plug

    • B.

      Waste spark

    • C.

      Breakerless

    • D.

      Distributor

    Correct Answer
    A. Coil-on-plug
    Explanation
    Most vehicles today use the coil-on-plug type of ignition system. This system eliminates the need for a distributor and instead places an ignition coil directly on top of each spark plug. This design provides better ignition timing control, improved fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions. It also allows for easier maintenance and troubleshooting since each coil can be individually tested and replaced if necessary. Overall, the coil-on-plug ignition system is the preferred choice for modern vehicles due to its efficiency and performance benefits.

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  • 6. 

    The component the ignition system uses to convert low voltage and high current into high voltage and low current is called the:

    • A.

      Ballast resistor.

    • B.

      Advance mechanism.

    • C.

      Condenser.

    • D.

      Induction coil.

    Correct Answer
    D. Induction coil.
    Explanation
    The ignition system in a vehicle needs to convert the low voltage and high current from the battery into high voltage and low current to create a spark for the combustion process. The component responsible for this conversion is the induction coil. The induction coil uses electromagnetic induction to step up the voltage and reduce the current, allowing for the creation of a high-energy spark. The other options, such as the ballast resistor, advance mechanism, and condenser, do not perform this specific function in the ignition system.

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  • 7. 

    The collapse of the magnetic field inside the ignition coil happens as a result of the interruption of current to the:

    • A.

      Primary winding.

    • B.

      Secondary winding.

    • C.

      Ignition control module.

    • D.

      Electronic control module (ECM).

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary winding.
    Explanation
    The collapse of voltage occurs on the primary side of the ignition coil.

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  • 8. 

    The amount of voltage needed to initially get the spark to jump the spark plug gap is called the:

    • A.

      Available voltage.

    • B.

      Required voltage.

    • C.

      Induced voltage.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Required voltage.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "required voltage" because it refers to the specific amount of voltage that is necessary to create a spark and jump the spark plug gap. This voltage is essential for the ignition process to occur in an internal combustion engine. The other options, such as "available voltage" and "induced voltage," do not accurately describe the specific voltage needed for this purpose.

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  • 9. 

    As engine rpm increases, the ignition timing must:

    • A.

      Retard.

    • B.

      Advance.

    • C.

      Remain the same.

    • D.

      Remain the same and then retard.

    Correct Answer
    B. Advance.
    Explanation
    As engine rpm increases, the ignition timing must advance. This is because at higher engine speeds, the air-fuel mixture needs to be ignited earlier in the compression stroke to ensure optimal combustion and power delivery. Advancing the ignition timing allows for a more efficient and complete combustion process, maximizing engine performance.

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  • 10. 

    The primary winding of the ignition coil has approximately _______ turns of enameled copper wire.

    • A.

      A few hundred

    • B.

      1,000

    • C.

      15,000

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. A few hundred
    Explanation
    The primary winding of the ignition coil has approximately a few hundred turns of enameled copper wire. This is because the primary winding is responsible for generating a high-voltage spark, and a few hundred turns of wire allow for sufficient voltage buildup and energy transfer to the secondary winding. Having too few turns would result in a weak spark, while having too many turns would lead to excessive resistance and inefficient energy transfer. Therefore, a few hundred turns strike a balance between voltage output and efficient operation.

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  • 11. 

    The hottest part of the spark plug is the:

    • A.

      Ground electrode.

    • B.

      Insulator.

    • C.

      Center electrode.

    • D.

      Metal shell.

    Correct Answer
    C. Center electrode.
    Explanation
    The center electrode is the hottest part of the spark plug because it is the part that receives the electrical current from the ignition system and generates the spark. As the electrical current passes through the center electrode, it creates a high level of heat due to the resistance of the metal. This heat is essential for igniting the air-fuel mixture in the engine's combustion chamber. The ground electrode, insulator, and metal shell also play important roles in the spark plug's function, but they do not generate as much heat as the center electrode.

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  • 12. 

    The pattern in which a lab scope shows all the cylinders firing in sequence is called the:

    • A.

      Parade pattern.

    • B.

      Raster pattern.

    • C.

      Spark line.

    • D.

      Firing line.

    Correct Answer
    A. Parade pattern.
    Explanation
    On a lab scope, the spark voltages as they are read is called a parade pattern.

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  • 13. 

    Tech A says that a defective crankshaft or camshaft position sensor can prevent an engine from starting. Tech B says that if a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) indicates a problem with the crankshaft or camshaft position sensor, you will always have to replace the sensor. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    Tech A is correct. A defective crankshaft or camshaft position sensor can indeed prevent an engine from starting. These sensors are responsible for providing the engine control module (ECM) with information about the position and speed of the crankshaft and camshaft. If the ECM does not receive this information, it may not be able to properly control the ignition and fuel systems, leading to a no-start condition. However, Tech B is incorrect. Just because a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) indicates a problem with the sensor does not necessarily mean that the sensor needs to be replaced. The DTC could be triggered by a wiring issue, a faulty connector, or even a problem with the ECM itself. Further diagnostic testing is required to determine the root cause of the problem.

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  • 14. 

    Tech A says that you can test for defective ignition wires by using a spray bottle and water. Tech B says that you can test for defective ignition wires with a grounded test lead. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Both Techs A and B are correct. Tech A is suggesting using a spray bottle and water to test for defective ignition wires, which is a common method known as the "water spray test." This test involves spraying water on the ignition wires while the engine is running, and if there is a defective wire, it will cause the engine to misfire or stall. Tech B is suggesting using a grounded test lead, which is another valid method to test for defective ignition wires. By connecting the test lead to a good ground and touching it to each ignition wire, any faulty wire will cause a spark to jump to the ground, indicating a defect.

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  • 15. 

    Tech A says that you can test the ignition coil with an ohmmeter. Tech B says you can't test the ignition coil with an oscilloscope. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    Tech A is correct. The ignition coil can be tested with an ohmmeter. An ohmmeter measures the resistance of the coil, which can help determine if there is an issue with the coil. On the other hand, an oscilloscope is not typically used to test the ignition coil. It is used to measure and analyze electrical waveforms, which is not necessary for testing the coil. Therefore, Tech B is incorrect.

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  • 16. 

    Tech A says that the crankshaft sensor is used to determine vehicle speed. Tech B says the cam sensor is used to control fuel pump speed. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    D. Neither Tech A nor B
    Explanation
    The vehicle speed sensor (VSS) is responsible for inputting vehicle speed. The cam sensor is responsible for inputting the camshaft position to the ECM.

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  • 17. 

    Tech A says that a Hall-effect sensor can be used in an electronic ignition system. Tech B says that an optical-type sensor can be used in an electronic ignition system. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Both Techs A and B are correct. A Hall-effect sensor and an optical-type sensor can both be used in an electronic ignition system. The Hall-effect sensor uses the principle of the Hall effect to detect changes in magnetic fields, while an optical-type sensor uses light to detect changes. Both sensors can effectively detect the position of the crankshaft or camshaft in an electronic ignition system, allowing for accurate ignition timing.

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  • 18. 

    Tech A says that ignition coils are essentially transformers. Tech B says that the primary side of the coil delivers the high voltage spark that is necessary to jump the plug gap. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    Ignition coils transform low voltage into a high voltage to jump the gap of the spark plug. The secondary side delivers the high voltage to jump this gap.

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  • 19. 

    Tech A says that a secondary ignition shock is enough to kill you. Tech B says that a secondary ignition shock does not have enough current to kill you. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    Tech B is correct. A secondary ignition shock does not have enough current to kill a person. While a secondary ignition shock can be painful and potentially cause injury, it is not typically lethal. The primary ignition system, on the other hand, carries enough current to be potentially fatal.

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  • 20. 

    Tech A says that it is easiest to set the spark plug gap on all the plugs at one time. Tech B says that spark plugs come pre-gapped and you should never have to check spark plug gap. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    Tech A is correct. It is easiest to set the spark plug gap on all the plugs at one time. This ensures that all the spark plugs have the same gap, which is important for proper combustion and engine performance. While some spark plugs come pre-gapped, it is still recommended to check the gap and adjust if necessary, as the gap can change during shipping or handling. Therefore, Tech B's statement that you should never have to check spark plug gap is incorrect.

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