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Unhappy Electronic Ignition Thingy

If I've got a CArburettor and a Distributor - What else do I have controllin the ignition? There is a small box marked with a lightning bolt under the air intake -Is there a coil?

DO these electronic boxes ever break down?

Should I have a Coil?

I've got a new carb and a new distributor but something is still not right - haven't got maximum power - so to speak!

Help!
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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

(voice of scotty). Its no good captain, i cant get maximum power, i think the coil is off line
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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

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If I've got a CArburettor and a Distributor - What else do I have controllin the ignition? There is a small box marked with a lightning bolt under the air intake -Is there a coil?

DO these electronic boxes ever break down?

Should I have a Coil?

I've got a new carb and a new distributor but something is still not right - haven't got maximum power - so to speak!

Help!
If your coil is breaking down it would get hot (very hot)

I think you need to find out whats wrong or else you'll be replacing radom parts till you bank balance is empty and the cows have come home.

Check the usual stuff like timing, mixture, is it getting fuel? whatst the plug condition like etc. (sorry if you've already done this)

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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

Check the usual stuff like timing, mixture, is it getting fuel? whatst the plug condition like etc. (sorry if you've already done this)

Jim[/QUOTE]

Yep! all been done! It's got loads of flat spots Captain!
I suspected that box with the lightning bolt on for a long time!
I'll check it out!
Will a Computer test bring up a result? I'm not a very good mechanic - I learned on a Fiat 126 and they've inly got pedal power!
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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

if you've got a coil it be behind the engine under the spare wheel.

what year is the car?

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I've forgotten, is it the blue 4x4 or have you changed it??

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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

Right, so it's Electronic then

At the end of the day it only generates a spark when a sensor tells it too so it shouldn't be that hard to work out if your not getting full power to the plugs...

If it was the coil then it's usually ok when cold but plays up when hot as the coil overheats.... Have you looked at that yet?

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I'll see if I can find a Coil under the spare - I know what the 126 ones looked like so I'll hopefully find it - I'll take me camera!
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yeah, it's mounted under the spare on the passenger side, you can't miss it once the wheel is out...

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Let's see if this picture of my engine bay appears on your screen!
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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

Hmmm - it doesn't look like a coil to me!
There is plenty of fuel in the in-line filter too.
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The little bit of the jack is just about pointing to it.
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Re: Electronic Ignition Thingy

and yes that's the coil the lead from it goes to the distributor cap, it doesn't look like an old type coil but it's still a coil
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