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Old 08-04-2002, 07:14 PM
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I have 3 cars that I have replaced the points in the distributor with the pertronix elelectronic module. Everthing has worked good until today. I installed the module according to their directions about a year ago and it has gone bad. This works on a all or none basis. You either have spark or you don't. This left me stranded at night, and I had to call a wrecker. Never had this problem with points and condensor. Has anyone else had a problem with this??

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The Ford Duraspark and the Chevy HEI ignitions are no different, they either work or don't Jim. A fact of life with electronics. I would check out the electrical system on the car to make sure a floating ground or bad connection didn't cause the module to fail, those quickie crimp connectors are the worst offenders. Solder all your splices and shrink wrap them. Most people I have talked to have had good experiences with Pertronix.
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I apreciate that response as you are the only one that even has an idea of what caused the problem. The module had been installed for thirteen months before I had touble with it. The motor died just as I had pulled up to a light. I have already installed the new pertronix unit (still under warranty) so I had to re-trace all the conections. I did not find anything loose or anything that looked suspicious, but I am going to follow your advise and solder all the connections and joints.

Just what is a floating ground??
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Jim,
I have been using the Pertronix set up for about a year now with no trouble, knock on wood. I figure it's about time for it to start acting up, if you find out what the the problem was please let me know so I can keep an eye out.
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Hey, how do you guys like the Pertronix ignition?

Just installed one in my dads 68 RS Camaro. Havent tried it yet. Just curious if we will notice any differences, and if any, what will we notice??
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I have a pertronix in my Corvair and have never had a problems with it. There are many guys on the Corvair Forum that advocate putting them in but carrying the old points with you incase something happens with the module. There have been reports of failed units. Be careful when installing the unit and make sure your cut the slot in the cap to accept the wire to the coil. If you don't the wire will eventually break.

I have had some problem with the points in my Catalina and will be installing the pertronix unit in it soon. I'd put it in my 6 volt cars if I could.
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