<VV> Starter Mystery-Continued/Solved?

Bill Elliott corvair at fnader.com
Wed Jul 7 09:56:29 EDT 2010

If the Ignitor was trying to run on such a reduced voltage, that's likely 
the cause of death. Outside of the abuse cases (where someone left the key 
on with the engine off) and racing use, nearly 100% of the known Ignitor I 
failures are with modules hooked directly to the coil rather than to a 12V 
source as specified by Pertronix.

(Even though the Ignitor II is protected against either of these sorts of 
death, it really made a performance difference when I changed from ballasted 
voltage to 12V in the Corvair Westy)

Cranking an Ignitor with the primary wire disconnected can also kill an 
Ignitor (and possibly a coil as well... killed a coil not that long ago 
myself in a BMW doing a compression test without disconnecting the coil 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian" <bmoneill at juno.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 09:19
Subject: <VV> Starter Mystery-Continued/Solved?

> The owner disconnected the coil primary wire and the engine cranked at 
> normal speed and stopped cranking when the key was back to the run 
> position.  The car has a Pertronix and the thought is that the excessive 
> heat from the engine as it seized caused the Pertronix to fry and now 
> somehow there is voltage getting back to the starter solenoid. A volt 
> meter showed 4 ohms when the wire from the stater harness to the primary 
> side of the coil was disconnected at both ends and the probes were at the 
> wire end and the chassis!  The reading when the wire was tested at both 
> ends was 1 ohm.  Not sure if this means anything.  Before replacing the 
> pertronix and frying the new one because there is a problem with the 
> engine compartment wiring harness; want to be sure all things are 
> considered.  Any comments?
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