1981 Fiat 124 Spider. No spark coming from coil.
Assuming that you have a fully charged battery then you should check/replace the ignition points and condenser. This should ideally have been checked before investing in a new coil.
If in any doubt then just replace them as it's cheap and easy. Note that most Fiat 124 Spiders are a little more complicated than normal cars as they're often fitted with two sets of points instead of the usual single set. One set is used purely for starting and the engine switches over to the other set once it's running at full oil pressure.
Assuming you have a 1600cc dual point 124 Spider then look at the following web address to see how to replace and adjust your points:-
Note that although the points can be set roughly using a feeler gauge it's vital to adjust them correctly using a dwell meter.
The next web address gives you the specs for the US specification Fiat 124 Spider which usually had a single points distributor (points specs on page 21):-
When doing this job also check and replace both the distributor cap and rotor arm if they show signs of damage, burning or excessive wear.
This is not a difficult job, but it is fiddly. I usually found it easiest to remove the distributor from the engine to work on it but that does mean that you need to mark the position of the rotor arm as the distributor is withdrawn to ensure that you don't completely lose the ignition timing when you've finished. You'll need to recheck and adjust the timing afterwards whether the distributor is removed or not anyway.
Finally, for lots of detailed help and assistance, I strongly suggest that you register on the Fiat Forum at the address below:-
Sep 17, 2009 |
Fiat 124 Cars & Trucks