Check the resistance of the pick-up coil in the distributor should be around 140-180 ohms
Then check the igniter.
You can connect a test light to the negative side of the coil and crank the car. The test light should light intermittently. This would indicate the igniter and coil are both Good.
(The way I use the test light its with the (+) of the coil on one end and the negative side of the coil on the another.)
That way if the igniter and the pick-up coil are both good the test light should be On-Off-On-Off (blinking when cranking but off when not cranked)
some info on the Pick-up coil:
Used instead of breaker points, the pick-up coil induces voltage in an electronic ignition system. It's a small electric generator that sends low voltage pulses to the ECU (electronic control unit) as the trigger wheel or reluctor teeth pass by. When the trigger wheel tooth approaches the pickup coil, the voltage builds. When the tooth moves away, the voltage decreases. The ECU senses the voltage changes and determines the proper time to switch the primary current to the coil on and off. This allows the coil to build the magnetic field in the primary windings and fire when the ECU cycles the current off.
Well let me know to continue with this troubleshooting.
Friday, November 9th, 2007 AT 3:09 PM