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Lumention Ignition - Which bit breaks?

PostPost by: terryp » Wed May 18, 2011 4:47 pm

I want to carry a few more spares, has anyone had a problem with lumenition and if so which bit failed and would it have been repairable at the side of the road if you had one!

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Wed May 18, 2011 5:41 pm

Hi

I have used the optical units on many cars, the only problem I have had is with the pin connector. I tried to buy a new one from Lumention as the pins bent when I plugged it in. They were not forthcoming so I cut it off and put a standard one on.

I hear the magnetic units that are completely under the dizzy cap are not as good as the magnet fall off.

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PostPost by: terryp » Wed May 18, 2011 6:04 pm

Jason
Is this it?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lumenition-Distri ... 3367247793

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Edit - Off course it isn't! I have now realised the bit you mean, I had the same problem with the pins rusting, cleaned them off , WD40 and all was well again - Terry
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PostPost by: m750rider » Wed May 18, 2011 6:05 pm

I've had a Lumenition ignition system on the car for probably 10+ years, nothing ever broke, haven't touched it.

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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed May 18, 2011 6:43 pm

I fitted a Luminition system 15 years/55K miles ago.

Never had a problem :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: andyelan » Wed May 18, 2011 6:45 pm

Hi Terry

Do take note that the e-bay kit is not for the 23/25 type distributor which was the original fitment on the Plus 2, Elans etc. 43/45 type distributors were supplied as direct replacements so your car might have one of these but parts are not interchangable between the two

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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed May 18, 2011 6:46 pm

m750rider wrote:
I've had a Lumenition ignition system on the car for probably 10+ years, nothing ever broke, haven't touched it.

It might do with a drop of oil by now........ :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: terryp » Wed May 18, 2011 6:49 pm

andyelan wrote:Hi Terry

Do take note that the e-bay kit is not for the 23/25 type distributor which was the original fitment on the Plus 2, Elans etc. 43/45 type distributors were supplied as direct replacements so your car might have one of these but parts are not interchangable between the two

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I have a 43D :wink:

But this has turned into a very interesting topic .... it looks as if they don't fail very often ... if at all!
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PostPost by: Tonyw » Thu May 19, 2011 11:50 am

Hi Folk's,

Suggest you simply carry a set of points, pig tail and condenser plus the screws of course to fit them.

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PostPost by: terryp » Thu May 19, 2011 12:09 pm

Thanks Tonyw I think that's what I will do, anyone know the screw sizes on a 43D from memory? :wink:

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu May 19, 2011 2:33 pm

I have had the lumenition optical units for 20 plus years in the Plus 2 and Esprit with no problems- carried a set of points and condensor in the glove box in each car all those years but never used them.

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PostPost by: JJDraper » Thu May 19, 2011 4:28 pm

If you have to take of the dis cap for any reason, and are a very unlucky or hamfisted you could break one or more of the optical rotors.

My system has never given any problems, but I agree a drop of oil once or twice a year into the guts of the distributor is a good idea. Likewise, I carry points, but I've forgotten how to fit them..

Jeremy

PS has anyone tried the Lumention electronic rev limiter? I have a mechanical one fitted on top of the optical rotor, but its a tight fit...
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PostPost by: terryp » Thu May 19, 2011 4:46 pm

JJDraper wrote:
PS has anyone tried the Lumention electronic rev limiter? I have a mechanical one fitted on top of the optical rotor, but its a tight fit...


Have one fitted, it was very easy to fit and Susan Miller had it factory preset for me at 6500rpm. I would definitely recommend it!
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Fri May 20, 2011 8:23 am

Hi Terry

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I had a non starting problem with no spark and finally got to this plug, I tried to get another plug from Lumenition but it was a no go. Not sure if I straightened the pins or ended up replacing the plug; defo remember buying a couple of plugs at Maplins.

The only problems I have every heard with these units is the 3 pin plug and a bad earth on the unit casing. I would say they are the most used and most reliable ignition units on the market. I looked at there Magnetronic units as they fit neatly under the dizzy cap but have heard the magnets are prone to fly off at high speed.

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PostPost by: terryp » Fri May 20, 2011 8:33 am

Jason
Thanks for the reply! I had exactly the same thing, the first time the car broke down with a small panicky daughter in the back. Luckily I managed to cokes the car home and then found the problem via .....Lotuselan.net! elan-f15/help-required-car-cutting-out-ignition-t17505.html
Looks like the only thing to carry is a set of points etc ....but really only for piece of mind!

Thanks to all!

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