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    Ignition Failure Sensor / IFS harmful when bypassed?

    First of, there must be a ton of topics about it, but the search function doesn't show them. (not enough characters maybe?)

    So, what exactly does the IFS do?
    They tend to fail a lot for a failure sensor. What will happen if the ignition fails and the IFS is bypassed?
    In other words, can it do harm to always have it bypassed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaripley View Post
    First of, there must be a ton of topics about it, but the search function doesn't show them. (not enough characters maybe?)

    So, what exactly does the IFS do?
    They tend to fail a lot for a failure sensor. What will happen if the ignition fails and the IFS is bypassed?
    In other words, can it do harm to always have it bypassed?
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    It detects the ignition pulses that actually occur, and sends the successful ignition event back to the ECU, and also to the dash for the tacho. The ECU can then tell whether the ignition event it just requested was successful.

    Because of its location, right at the top of the engine, under the plastic cover, it gets very hot, and hence fails. Thankfully, it's rather cheap part (at time of writing, just £33 at Viamoto, and very simple to replace - 5 bolts to remove engine cover, 2 bIf olts and an electical connector to replace the IFS itself.


    If it's bypassed, then the ECU loses the ability to detect misfires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confused View Post
    It detects the ignition pulses that actually occur, and sends the successful ignition event back to the ECU, and also to the dash for the tacho. The ECU can then tell whether the ignition event it just requested was successful.

    Because of its location, right at the top of the engine, under the plastic cover, it gets very hot, and hence fails. Thankfully, it's rather cheap part (at time of writing, just £33 at Viamoto, and very simple to replace - 5 bolts to remove engine cover, 2 bIf olts and an electical connector to replace the IFS itself.


    If it's bypassed, then the ECU loses the ability to detect misfires.
    You can bypass the IFS by connect the tach signal directly to the ECU but as Garry says you lose the reason why it is there in the first place.
    But you have to remember the following. If the IFS fails the car will not start. So if you are worried about failures make the connection required to bypass the IFS and don't connect them then if the the IFS fails you can just lift the bonnet and bypass the IFS immediately.
    i would not recommend bypassing the IFS all the time but there is no reason why you would want bypass it for no reason.

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    Thanks. That is clear for me now.

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