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My ignition coil only has 5.5 volts why its a e 350

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  • Ernie Sep 06, 2009

    thank you, i have a 1987 econoline motorhome with a 460, for some time now its had fuel starving problems when going up hills, some days its ok for 20 or 30 miles then all of a sudden it will only go up hills at idle speed, if i give it more gas it will stall. i've replaced both electric fuel pumps , rebuilt the carb replaced the fuel diverter valve that sends unused fuel back to the tanks, replaced coil,replace ignition moduel, fuel cut off relay , oil pressure fuel cut off switch and blown out all fuel lines. ran unit with gas caps off to rule out venting problem, and now i had aproblem where the fuel pumps had no voltage to them so thats when i replaced th fuel cut off relay , so here is my question when i turn on the ignition the voltage at the ignition coil is 5.55 volts but when the engine is running the voltage drops to 3- 4 volts , could this be the problem after all , a weak spark causing my hill climing trouble i know the voltage should be 12 volts what would cause it to be so low .thanks to all who answer

  • James May 11, 2010

    bananas. no really, come on spend a few minutes and give enough info so some one can help you. year, make, model, engine size, what key position, what is the symptom, what lead up to the failure?



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I MUST assume that you have already determined that this is a problem.... That the vehicle does not start and run.... With at assumption in place.....

Probably a bad connection between the ignition key contact and the coil. I am not aware of a resister in the Econoline ignition circuit... but some high performance (older) ignition HEI coils had a large resister in series with the battery (12 volt) feed.

The design of the resister was to limit the feed to the coil - to prevent arcing the wires. I do not think that was installed on engines other that the Boss 302, HiPo 390 and the 427. So, I will stick with the bad conductor (terminal rust, loose terminal lug, etc.

Consider (with the voltmeter connected) tapping on the ignition key switch, on the connector at a the center of the steering column, on the starter relay 12 volt lead, on the ignition relay at the fuse panel.... and anywhere else you can think of - while watching for a change in the voltage.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

  • Jim DuBreck
    Jim DuBreck Oct 27, 2009

    Econoline $^) MOTOR HOME... new news... An econoline conjours a different vehicle...

    IN a word, yes. A weak spark will not fire a spark plug under higher PSI loads. When you step on the gas, you are asking the sparkplug to fire in a much higher pressure (on compression stroke) than when it is idling.

    But, as I gleaned from your writeup (second, longer, descriptive one), you have ruled out most problem areas. You never mentioned filters... did your replace the fuel filters... if not, spend the 10 or so dollars at walmart. Get a pair of inline filters....



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