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How to check ohm reading for 1976 gl 1000 ignition coil

What is the procedure and what will good readings be?

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I have downloaded the GL1000 Honda service manual. According to the manual the only way to test the coil is to replace it with a known good coil. If you have either coil working, try swapping the leads and wire around and see if you get the other cylinders to fire... Just a suggestion

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SOURCE: Ignition coil availability

is there any way for us in the states to buy the renault coils? Good question....I think CherryC modified the coils to work. Cherry how are they working out for you? I tried to buy 1 Renault coil off e-bay but the guy (from UK) quoted me an outrageous frt. price so I decided not to do it.,,,

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SOURCE: I need to know what kind of oil to use for a Honda motorcycle.

You need an SE oil, Wal Mart used and maybe still does sell a motorcycle oil (not their brand). You probably will need 30 weight or a multi viscosity (which I use 20-50). Buy a good oil, maybe a synthetic with that rating. Rear final takes 90 weight in most instances except cold weather. A parts house or bike shop will sell the right oil. Just buy the best oil you can, and keep it changed frequently & the wing will just about go forever, Hope this helps you with your scoot, Rick

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SOURCE: Im trying to test the coil on my 1997 fatboy I

Sorry did not have that value handy; however they usually run 3 ohms or less. I do recall that you will have several different types depending on the model, I would defer to the dealership for the correct value on your model.

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SOURCE: I just bought a 1976 gl 1000 the guy replaced

If I were in your shoes, id join the Honda Riders club - pay the fee. With that membership, you get access tgo the complete Honda service manual for your bike. In my experience, Honda Manuals are tops. Im certain your procedure will be outlined step by step in the Honda Manual.

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Fault code p2300 comes on intermittently and cuts out 1 cylinder. Code says rear coil voltage low

code p 2300 refers to ignition coil A , primary circuit ---circuit low===causes --wiring short to ground ---ignition coil
it could be the coil and replacing it may prove either way
I would first check the wiring to the coil and ensure that there is no short in the harness or harness plug connections

Nov 04, 2015 | Arctic Cat 2014 Wildcat 1000


How to test a motrcycle twin ignition coil

To test a twin ignition coil on a motorcycle you will need a pocket multimeter.
With the meter set to kilo-ohms(1000 ohms) scale,place one test lead into one spark plug cap & the other test lead into the other plug cap.(this is called the ignition coil secondary resistance) The reading should be around 20-40kilo ohms.
If a high reading exists check again with spark plug caps removed(they un screw from the lead) then check caps seperate. Caps typically read 5 to 10 kilo-ohms.

A faulty plug cap is not as un-common as you might think.

To test ignition coil primary resistance set the meter to ohms(lowest scale) Place one meter test lead to the small wire going into the coil & the other test lead onto the coils body(where its metal) The reading should be only 2 to 5 ohms.

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Testing an Ignition Coil

This testing procedure is valid for most automotive coils. Using an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the side terminals of the coil. Do this with all of the wires to the coil disconnected. You should see 0.75 to 0.81 ohm of resistance. Then check the resistance between either side terminal and the center high tension terminal. The reading should be 10,000 to 11,000 ohms. Any significant deviation from these numbers would indicate that the coil is defective.

May 03, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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I own a 1976 hd sporster ironhead 1000 engine turns over but does not fire.

Pull one of your spark plug wires off and put another spark plug in it. Ground the plug against the head. Turn the switch on and then back off while watching the plug. You should see a single spark. If your bike is still set up with the original points type ignition system, you may simply need a new set of points installed in it. You also need to check the mechanical advance unit behind the breaker plate that the points are mounted to. Make sure you mark the position of the breaker plate before you take it out in a manner so that you can reinstall it back in the exact same position. To test the coil, disconnect the two small wires on either end of the coil. Using a digital volt ohm meter, set the meter's function selector switch to R X 1. Put one of the meter's probes on each of the small terminals, Your meter should read between 5 and 6 ohms. Reconnect the white or blue wire to the coil. Turn the ignition switch on and check the voltage. You should have battery voltage at the coil.

Good Luck

Jul 02, 2011 | Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster...

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Missing on front left cyl. popping when you give it gas left front plug is clean and wet check fire and it is strong and blue compression is good

G,day. If only the L/H front cylinder is the problem & compression is good then the most likely possable causes of your problem are - A open circuit spark plug cap on that cylinder or a carburettor fault(blocked jet) on that cylinder(or carby balance setting).I would suggest testing the ignition coil secondary resistance.Do this by removing plug caps from cylinders 1 & 4. Set multimeter to kilo ohms(ohms x 1000) .One test lead to one plug cap- other test lead to other plug cap(do not allow probes to touch your fingers-touching both test probes whilst undertaking this test will give a false reading).reading should be 10 to 20kilo ohms.If open circuit-remove plug caps from leads( they unscrew)and test caps seperate. Should read 5 kilo ohms. Replace if open circuited(This is a common problem on all road bikes).If that sounds to difficult, any good motorcycle shop should be able to check them while you wait.It only takes a few seconds.Sorting the carbies without experience is very tricky.Have the carby balance & mixtures checked first in case its just an incorrect setting before pulling off & cleaning the carbies.
Hope this is helpfull
Regards Andrew Porrelli

May 11, 2011 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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Car will not start in cold weather... back fires and putts... HELP!!

Check your ignition coils.Take a multimeter and remove the plug wires.Now the coils are all paired so you need to set your multimeter to read ohms.MEASURE THE RESISTANE ACROSS EACH SET OF COILS.They should all read within 1000 ohms of each other.If not replace the coil pack assembly.

Dec 06, 2010 | 1991 Buick Park Avenue

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My 72 sportster is getting power to the coil but no power to the terminal leading to the points. Any advice?

Well, power only comes in from one side of the coil and if the points are closed, your meter will not read voltage on the other side. Make sure the points are open when checking for voltage.

To check the coil's primary circuit. Take all wires loose from the small terminals at either end of the coil. Using a DVOM (digital volt ohm meter), put the meter in OHMS, R times 1 scale. Connect one meter lead to each terminal of the coil, make no difference which one goes where. The meter should read between 5 and 6 ohms of resistance. If it reads "Infinite" the coil is open and if it read "Zero" the coil's primary circuit is shorted.

The easy way to test the coil is put a spark plug in the plug wire and lay it on the head. Make sure it has a good ground. Turn the engine over until the points are closed. Turn on the ignition switch and use something to open the point. Each time you open the points, you should see a spark at the plug. If not, you've probably got a bad coil.

Good Luck

Aug 06, 2010 | 1979 Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster

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My bike starts up fine when its cold but when it warms up it cuts out

If you still have the original coils I suspect the coils, coil wires(part of the coil), or the spark plug caps are not working properly. Accel makes a coil that will bolt in directly. The coil to buy is dictated by whether you are still using points or have switched to an electronic ignition(highly recommended) available from Parts Unlimlited. Start with the plug caps should ohm at 5000 , anything else replace them. Accel coils come with wires but you will need screw on plug tops. One other thing to check would be the air cut valve if it is old and sticking it can cause problems. You can take off of top of carbs by taking off air cleaner(Don't lose the o-rings.)Any way therer is a place to start.

Jun 27, 2010 | 1976 Honda GL 1000 (K1)

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My 1999 buick lesabre will not start. I have gasoline and the battery is good.

Hmm, do you have spark? fuel pressure must be between 30 - 40 psi test the ignition coils by connecting an ohmmeter between the coil towers ie 1and 4 with the key in the OFF position do the same with the others as well there are 3 coils all should have readings between 5 an7 thousand ohms if so the secondary side of the coils are good, if there is no spark at all try an ignition module. this is under the 3 coils they sit on the ign module..You can also test and or replace the spark plug wires, if a wire is 10 inches long it should read 10,000 ohms or less.. No more than 1000 ohms per inch is the spec.. hope this helps good luck

Nov 05, 2009 | 1992 Buick LeSabre

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I need to know what kind of oil to use for a Honda motorcycle.

You need an SE oil, Wal Mart used and maybe still does sell a motorcycle oil (not their brand). You probably will need 30 weight or a multi viscosity (which I use 20-50). Buy a good oil, maybe a synthetic with that rating. Rear final takes 90 weight in most instances except cold weather. A parts house or bike shop will sell the right oil. Just buy the best oil you can, and keep it changed frequently & the wing will just about go forever, Hope this helps you with your scoot, Rick

Apr 25, 2009 | 1976 Honda GL 1000 (K1)

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