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No spark ok so i have this bike and we are getting power to the coil packs and the plug wires have about 5. to 8. ohms and is getting about 5v to the coils. but there is no spark. Motor turns over but am stump on what it could be.

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    Randall May 06, 2009

    my 1998 ninja ex250 was sitting for a year or more. I replaced thecoils and cleaned the carbs. It turns over. I do hear clicking when itis turning over but I am pretty sure there is no spark. It has goodcompression. I tried spraying starter fluid in the air box, so that'show I'm sure that if i could get a spark then I could get it to run.Please help.

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Hey, my name is ray, i am 17 years old. I had the same problem and if you have no spark, the wires that go from your ignition coil to your cdi box, if you have the box, may be fried or they might be slightly disconnected. there is a black wire that has a place that it has to plug in to the wires going to the cdi box. and if that is dirty or even remotly loose, then it will not give you any spark. or you may have to change spark pluggs.if you would tell me your bike then i could help you more man....... but i had to change spark plugs and my ignition coil and my sdi box. the other thing you might try is if you shut off switch is being goofy and it is not releasing so it is trying to kill your bike when you kick it over or turn it over.... please tell me your bike and i can help alot more....

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

To my understanding, the problem is 'no spark' yet the engine cranks. Generally, to consider are:

  • pulser coil (least likely);
  • ignition coil (likely);
  • interlocks (likely);
  • CDI (most likely).

Offhand, the CDI would be the main suspect. Since the CDI is sealed, it is not possible to do component level checks. The only way to check if the CDI is good is to check the external connections; if they are good and yet no spark, then the CDI is bad.

How to check the above:
  • to check the pulser coil, measure the low voltage coming from it using an analog/needle type AC voltmeter. While cranking, it should show a flickering low voltage;
  • to check the ignition coil, use a continuity tester. Primary should measure 3 ~ 5 ohms while primary to the high voltage end would measure 15 ~ 18 kilo ohms;
  • the ignition coil has 1 terminal connected to the IGN +12 while the other terminal is connected to the CDI. This should have a pulsating voltage when cranking.
  • all the interlocks could be checked with a continuity tester. Please note that most interlocks has a diode connected in series with their wires.
The interlocks include:
  • clutch switch;
  • side stand switch;
  • neutral light switch.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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