Ignition Switches, Conserving Battery Energy

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Starting up the car will automatically activate the ignition system to start firing up thousands of voltage into the spark plugs. But before a vehicle starts, it is vital to prepare the engine for operation. Thus, the employment of an ignition switch is a necessity. This auto component is where the key is inserted, making it possible for the engine to start. Preparing the engine for a timely operation is also one task of the ignition switch. However, its main function is to control the flow of electricity, helping the battery conserve much of its energy, in effect.

Auto engineers designed the to have four positions for it to effectively conserve the battery's energy. These positions include the off, on, accessories, and start. The off position turns the engine off, naturally. Turning it to on obviously starts the engine and the vehicle's systems while the start position starts the engine up as it activates the starter. When the starter is disengaged the key will automatically spring back to the on-position so that the starter is left unactivated. When in accessories, only some of the car's accessories like the radio are powered up as car parts of this sort do not use much of the battery's energy. Window motors and other features which use up a lot of power are not activated.

Looking at the functions of the ignition switch, one can conclude that its functions directly affect the conservation of battery energy. With this component working properly, car owners can be sure that their car batteries are able to last as long as two to three years, depending on how frequent they use their vehicles. And of course, getting caught off-guard with a drained battery is not likely to happen if car owners take note of when they acquired the battery in the first place. The ignition switch is there to help conserve its energy but it will still be drained. The ignition switch's function is only to help prolong the use of battery. This is also the only way one could start up the engine. So, be sure to employ a great deal of care and caution when operating the ignition switch.

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