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Old 09-06-2002, 09:56 PM
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Red face No FIRE!!!!!!!

I tried to fire up my truck today (51 Chevrolet) for the first time with no success. I do not have any spark coming out of the coil. I have power to the coil with the ignition switch on, it cranks over good but no fire!!!coil??
BTW - It is a 350 chevrolet engine with a standard distributor converted to a Pertronix Igniter set up.

Where should I start?? Bad

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Old 09-06-2002, 11:11 PM
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hey Redshiba

Probably one of those cut little gremlins running around this place.

Here is what Pertronics recommends:

The first step in trouble shooting involves answering a few questions.

Do you have the correct kit for your application?

Did the Ignitor install without any modification?

Was the Ignitor installed according to the instructions?

Did the engine run prior to the installation of the Ignitor?

If you answered "NO" to any of the previous questions, go back and correct the condition before proceeding. If the answer to these questions is "YES", then review some additional common solutions to a no start condition.

The position in which the Ignitor red wire is attached to is not supplying sufficient voltage.

The air gap between the module and magnet sleeve is too great.

The ground wire inside the distributor is not connected.

The wire connections are not tight.

The polarity is not correct.

I would bet it is not the coil.

Good luck

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Auto rewire has some good suggestions and I would follow all of them. I have 3 pertronix units and I can tell you something that is not in their instruction sheet. To find out if the module itself is good, disconect the two wires from their conections. There should be a red and a black wire. Take a volt ohm meter turned to ohms and connect the black wire from the meter to the black wire of the module. Connect the red wire from the meter to the red wire of the module. If you get a reading the module is bad. I found out about this the hard way because I had one go bad leaving me stranded. I understand very few of these go bad but it would pay you to keep an old set of points, condensor, and wire with you as a back up.

If you don't have a volt ohm meter, buy one they are cheap, and you can check your coil, wire, and everything electrical in your car and house.
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I messed around with it for a while today, now I have fire coming out of the coil wire but I don't seem to have any spark going to the spark plugs.
I will do the OHM test tomorrow on the Ignitor.
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If you have spark coming out of the coil wire, your ignitor is OK. If there is no spark coming out of the end of you spark plug wires,the problem must be between the distributor and the end of the spark plug wire. (Most cases)

I have seen one time when the timing chain broke causing this because the shaft was not turning inside the distributor, but this is very rare.
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Cool

I got my truck, a 51 Chevrolet running today. It turns out that my new Accel coil was putting out a very weak spark.
I installed a new coil and the thing fired right up.
It was real nice to hear this truck roar to life. This is the first time the truck has run since I bought it 2 1/2 years ago.


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