How do you test a HEI condenser?
How to Test a Condenser in a Small Engine
- Remove the condenser from the engine.
- Switch the volt ohmmeter to the ohms position.
- Touch the red lead to the hot connector on the condenser.
- Remove the leads and reverse the placement to the condenser.
- Movement from the meter’s needle indicates the condenser is good.
How do you test a distributor condenser?
Place the black lead to the metal case on the condenser. The meter’s needle should jump slightly to the right (toward 0-ohms), then should drop back to the left towards infinite resistance). Hold the leads in place for 15 to 20 seconds. This action places charge in the condenser.
How does the coil on a HEI distributor work?
This system consists of a star-shaped wheel on the center shaft, which passes in front of a magnetic pickup. Every time the point of the star passes close to the pickup, it produces a pulse that is used to trigger the coil.
What should I do if my HEI distributor is not working?
The first area they suggest you check is to make sure all the wire connections on the cap or solid. If a connection is loose, current cannot travel to where it needs to go. If the connections are good, you next need to make sure the unit is getting a strong 12 volts. Many times, a low-voltage issue can cause a myriad of problems.
Can a GM HEI ignition coil be replaced?
The GM HEI distributor’s springs can be replaced with three different weights of springs that, in effect, allow the advance at lower rpm. The ignition coil is housed in the distributor cap, which makes the GM HEI distributor a very efficient, self-contained unit.
What should secondary resistance be on HEI distributor?
Testing the secondary circuit of the coil. The primary resistance value should be between 0.6 – 1.5 ohms.