GM Ignition Control Module Troubleshooting

by Katina Blue

The most important part of a vehicle's ignition system, including a GM vehicle, is the ignition control module because it regulates all aspects of the ignition, including the spark plugs. Mechanics use a special diagnostic scope to identify any existing problems within the ignition system, but if you do not have a scope, there are ways to visibly troubleshoot components of a GM vehicle's ignition system.

No Lubrication

Grease or silicone should always be present on modules that are in good working condition to prevent the penetration of heat through the module's surface. Inspect the module for a visible layer of grease or silicone on the back of it. If this film is absent, the module needs to be replaced.

Irregular Spark

Install a timing light and monitor the engine for an irregular spark while the light is operating. If you notice an abnormal spark, but the spark plugs do not look damaged, the ignition module may be faulty.


Any cracks or damage to the module's surface indicate a problem. Remove the module and inspect it for damage or cracks on the surface or around the mounting screws. If there is any visible damage, replace the module.

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Katina Blue has a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for more than 10 years. Her articles are featured on several websites including Money Maiden. She currently writes daily blog posts on

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