Place screwdriver near the engine block
Place the screwdriver about 1/8″ from the engine block. While someone else cranks the engine, you should closely examine the gap between the engine and the screwdriver. If your ignition system is working properly, you should see a spark here.
Electicity Goes In
The electrical system in your vehicle works on 12 volts, so every component must be based on 12 volts, as well. There is a wire connected to the ignition coil (known as a “hot wire”) that carries the 12 volts into the coil itself.
To check your coil, ensure you have 12V going to the positive terminal. Once you confirm that is the case pull the wire out of the centre of the distributor and hold it a cm away from the distributor centre terminal. Have someone crank over the engine, and there should be a nice blue spark..
Scratch the lead on the plate to ensure it’s in contact. Touch the meter’s black lead to the metal coil housing and watch the meter. If the meter’s display indicates a value of 2.5 to 5 K ohms, then the coil is good.
If your engine misfires or stalls when you are idle or when you stop suddenly or accelerate, there could be a problem with your ignition coil. A misfire — which can sound like a coughing or sputtering noise or feel like a jerk or strong vibration — means that one of the engine’s cylinders is not firing correctly.
There are a few reasons for no spark, new coil pack could be defective, crank sensor, ignition module or bad wire in primary circuit, faulty ECM/PCM. You may have to have a good technician have a look, diagnose and estimate repair. Second link gives detailed instructions for testing and diagnosing coil pack.
The power from the ignition switch need to go to the plus side of the coil and the negative goes the the distributor on a 12v system. That should be opposite what it was on a 6v positive ground.
One of the most common symptoms associated with a faulty ignition coil is engine performance issues. … Faulty coils may cause the vehicle to experience misfires, a rough idle, a loss in power and acceleration, and a reduction in gas mileage. In some cases the performance issues may even result in the vehicle stalling.
It should have approx 12 V with the key on. Either there is a bad connection upstream, or the wire is shorted (it is not fused).
The normal, acceptable range for a standard 12-volt car is 1.5 to 1.7 Ohms.
Connect your multimeter to the positive terminal or pin of your coil, and to the high output terminal that goes to the spark plug. Most ignition coils should have a secondary resistance falling somewhere between 6,000 to 10,000 ohms;however, refer to manufacturer specifications for the correct range.
Locate the positive or power wire attached to the engine coil. Check for power using a test light. If this wire has no power, then your ignition coil is not receiving current. You should check the wiring from your ignition switch to the coil for breaks in the wire and repair them.
since a faulty ignition coil causes a misfire, it will also cause the related spark plugs to foul. always replace the spark plug or plugs that the bad coil was firing. this will restore the power and fuel economy.
If the coil is just starting to go bad, it will send irregular electrical currents to the spark plug. That is why you could be driving normally and then suddenly experience problems later.
It is usually located in the fuse and relay panel beneath the hood, and is responsible for providing power to the vehicle’s ignition system, and some of the fuel system’s components. Usually a bad or failing ignition relay will produce a few symptoms that can notify the driver of a potential issue.
If the ignition coil does not have spark, it’s time to check its wires. Use a test light to check the continuity on the signal wire and power wire on the ignition coil. If both wires are functional but the coil fails to produce spark, the ignition coil or the ignition control module is bad.
If the timing belt slipped several teeth then the camshaft AND distributor rotor may both be retarded. If the rotor was too retarded then the coil can create the spark… but if the rotor isn’t on a dizzy cap terminal then you won’t get spark routed to the plug wire.
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