Ignition breaker points arcing
Posted May 18, 2015 - 10:26 PM
Posted May 18, 2015 - 10:29 PM
Capasitor is bad.
Posted May 18, 2015 - 10:33 PM
Arcing is indicative of a faulty capacitor(condensor) just changing it may not be enough, a new one is probably required.
Posted May 18, 2015 - 10:39 PM
Some spark is to be expected, as long as its not a big blue arc, you should be fine assuming the new condenser is good.
Edit: make sure the condenser has a good ground.
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Posted May 18, 2015 - 11:07 PM
internal ballast resistor coil or an inline ballast resistor is a must have
Start it up and run it for a bit then try to touch the Coil once you shut it off.If it's a Non resistor coil it will get extremely Hot to the touch.( warning it may burn your skin) An internal ballast resistor coil will get Warm but not hot.
Condenser sounds like it's good or it would fire the coil intermediately or not at all.
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Posted May 19, 2015 - 04:48 AM
The points have to be in good shape, not pitted, as this will contribute to more arcing. They also need to be set properly. The lock down screw can sometimes be hard to tighten and can loosen off. Replacing it with an allen key headed screw makes it a lot easier to get it tight. Condenser should be replaced if there is any doubt about it's condition. The coil should measure about 3 ohms of resistance on the low voltage side. If it's much less than that you probably have the wrong coil as noted above.
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Posted May 19, 2015 - 07:13 AM
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Posted May 19, 2015 - 07:28 AM
A small amount of arcing is normal.The points act as a quick switch on & off so in the dark etc: you'll see a bit of arc.This is why over time the points pit etc:
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