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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 10-18-2002 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Fellas,

I'm not sure if I may have damaged my Duraspark distributor when I accidentally connected the 12V wire to the + side of the coil. I know definitely that I damaged the 6AL in doing so.

Is there a way to check if the distributor got damaged from that accidental connection. This distributor has a magnetic pickup.

Thanks in advance.


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Just Strokin

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posted 10-18-2002 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would think that Chilton or Hayes manuals that covers the years that the Duraspark was available would have the specs to ohm out the distributor.

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posted 10-18-2002 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I don't think you damaged the pickup coil in the duraspark. Hook an ohm meter to the two wires and look for some resistance maybe 100-500 ohms or so. If it is 0 ohms it's shorted, if it is 1000meg ohms it's open. Should be somewhere in between.


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