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From the service dealer spares department if it has any fitted
if it has points , it will be an ark model as most small engines run electronic ignition which is pointless.

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What is the ignition point gap?

In older engines with traditional points-condenser-coil ignition systems the dwell if the ignition was set by the gap between the points. The points act like a switch that opens and closes the circuit of the primary side of the ignition coil.

All later engines use electronic ignition that do not require points.


Mar 28, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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My 1990, 150van wont start. It cranks over and there is no spark coming out of the top of the coil, that is the wire to the distributor. I suppose that would be the secondary side of the coil.

Make sure you have power on the LT terminals on the coil with the ignition on, without this you will not get a HT spark.
Also make sure the points in the distributor are in good condition and gapped correctly
With the dist cap removed and the ignition on you should see a LT spark across the points when the engine is cranked. You can also check this by turning the engine by hand until the points are open and with the ignition on, bridge the points to make sure a spark is present. There could be a capacitor within the distributor that may need changing.
Do not buy a coil until you are confident the Low Tension circuit is in good condition

Feb 28, 2015 | Chrysler Dodge ram van,ram wagon panel,...

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Mercedes 1975 280S points with no spark what is wrong points are new

You understand that the points are the ground point for the primary circuit to the ignition coil? When the distributor shaft turns and the points break contact, that cuts the primary current to the coil. When that happens, the secondary windings in the coil are induced to generate high voltage through the high tension cable out of the coil.

Are the points set to the proper opening gap? Here are a couple of checks you could make: With ignition key on, not start, the small wire to the coil's + terminal should have voltage-check with a test light or voltmeter. Or if you don't have a tester, take off the distributor cap and the rotor. Turn the engine till the contact points are opened. Or you could prop them open with a piece of cardboard or thick paper between the contact points. Turn the ignition key to on, not start. Take a small screwdriver and hold it on the moveable arm of the contact points set. Slide the screwdriver down and touch the base of the points set. If the primary circuit to and through the coil is good, touching the (grounded) base should cause a small spark at the screwdriver tip.

If you have current to the coil, but no spark, it could be a bad coil, but don't forget to check the secondary ignition: From the coil high tension wire to the distributor cap to the rotor to the plug wires and to the spark plugs. All of them need to be checked.

If I owned a car with mechanical ignition points, and planned to keep it more than a year or so, I would buy an aftermarket electronic ignition set up for it (like a Petronix kit, for one). I think you can buy them for under $100, and you will never have to bother with those old points again.

Apr 22, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Ignition plate coverd with carbon deposits @100 miles, must clean them with eraser or engine misfires, won't start. Cause & remedy? Thanks!

I believe that the 1980 Xs650 still used points and condensers for ignition. I know that my 1979 did. I would check to see if you had a bad condenser. That can mess up the way that points are firing and can cause excessive carbon build-up. I'm not sure if the condensers are sold separately from a points set, but you can always buy a matched set and only install the condensers so you don't have to reset your points gap.
It might also be worth checking the voltage coming into the points assembly. These Yamahas are known for bad ground points, which can spike or drop voltage at points in the electrical harness. You might be getting odd output from the rectifier, which could be due to a bad rectifier or simply bad wiring connections. But my immediate inclination is to test or simply replace the points condenser(s).

Nov 19, 2011 | 1980 Yamaha XS 650 G

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1986 Harley Davidson/Columbia Gas Par Car- Switched ignition to a points system. I got it running but need schrematic for wiring system. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

A points system wiring is simple. All you need is a switched hot wire. Connect that to a coil that has a primary resistance of 5 to 6 ohms, (a early points ignition Sportster coil will work) on one side with the points connected to the other side of the coil. The points grounds the circuit causing the magnetic field to build up. When the points open, the field collapses creating the spark in the secondary side of the coil going to the plug. If it's a single cylinder engine, simply buy a coil for an early points type automobile engine. You want a primary resistance of 5-6 ohms to keep the system from drawing too much current.

Good Luck

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Try a Dyna ignition out of the States. Well made, reliable, easy to fit and should be supported should any problems arise (unlikely). A good habit is to keep a set of points ,set up on the backing plate, under the seat of any Moto Guzzi.

Oct 27, 2010 | 1985 Moto Guzzi Le mans III

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Wich terminal on the ignition coil does the piont & condenser wire go to? what is the length of the spark plug wires (lost one of mine)

Points/condenser connect to the negative side. Ignition sw to the + side. Length of wires is not critical. Just measure how long you need or buy the stock wires from dealer. Any more questions, please reply.

Sep 13, 2010 | Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster...

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How to determine if a condenser is still functional.

The ignition condenser is needed for good coil saturation and is directly related to the voltage output of the coil, the weaker the ignition condenser is, the weaker the spark will be from the coil.

The signs to look for when replacing the ignition points are burnt or pitted contact surfaces at the breakers, and for a worn down rubbing block. (where the points contact the cam lobes inside the distributor)

The only things that you can do to prolong the life of the ignition points is to make sure that the rubbing block on the ignition points and the distributor cam lobes are properly lubricated with die-electric grease, and make sure that the dwell angle is properly set. (you would need a dwell meter to set the ignition points properly)

The only reason that the engine would stall from the ignition points is because either the condenser burned out, or the rubbing block wore down and the ignition points closed up. (The ignition points should open and close to provide a primary signal to the coil, if they do close up, you can get home by using a piece of a match book cover to set the gap for the ignition points, it is approximate enough to work well enough to get you back home if stranded from closed up ignition points)

I hope that this was helpful to you in any way.

Apr 27, 2010 | Isuzu Pickup Cars & Trucks

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Key wont turn to Ignition point

you need to buy a new ignition tumbler

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