Lotus Elan

Aldon ignitor

PostPost by: "Jeff at tiscali&quo » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:01 pm

After 4 years off the road, having rebuilt the engine and suspension, I
turned the TC over tonight.
It was a bit tight to start with, but eventually was spinning over OK.
I had fitted an Aldon ignitor four years ago, and I wondered if you
could test it statically as you could with the old points and a bulb.
It looks like I have no sparks at the plugs, as my strobe lightdoes not
even flicker.
I'm pretty sure that I have wired it all back in correctly, but then it
was four years ago when it all came out!
It is quite frustrating as I really want to get the old girl back on the
road before the winter really sets in ( or the price of petrol gets to
?5 a gallon, whatevers sooner!)
I trawled the archives and noticed one posting suggesting thet the
magnet can wear the rotor an short the ignition.
Are the Aldon ignitors reliable?
Any help greatfully recieved.
Jeff 72 +2
"Jeff at tiscali&quo
 

PostPost by: memini55 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:52 am

Jeff
The first thing I would do, key on in run position take a test light to the
+ side of the coil and check for light. If that is good then with the
starter engaged move the light to the - side and see if it is pulsing to
trigger the coil. If you don't have a light on the + side go to the
connection on the tach as the voltage is feed from the switch to the tach
pickup and then to the coil.
You can run a test wire from the battery side of the starter switch to the +
side of the coil, which is hot wiring and it should fire right up if the
ignitor and coil are good.
I have also had the high voltage lead out of the coil pull up and not make
good connection.
Been thru this exercise many times and usually find it to be the connections
at the tach being loose and pull them off and recrimp them with a plyers,
push them back on and off we go!
Good Luck
Mark Doubet 72 +2 and serveral others


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Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 22:03:20 +0100

After 4 years off the road, having rebuilt the engine and suspension, I
turned the TC over tonight.
It was a bit tight to start with, but eventually was spinning over OK.
I had fitted an Aldon ignitor four years ago, and I wondered if you
could test it statically as you could with the old points and a bulb.
It looks like I have no sparks at the plugs, as my strobe lightdoes not
even flicker.
I'm pretty sure that I have wired it all back in correctly, but then it
was four years ago when it all came out!
It is quite frustrating as I really want to get the old girl back on the
road before the winter really sets in ( or the price of petrol gets to
?5 a gallon, whatevers sooner!)
I trawled the archives and noticed one posting suggesting thet the
magnet can wear the rotor an short the ignition.
Are the Aldon ignitors reliable?
Any help greatfully recieved.
Jeff 72 +2






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PostPost by: "Jeff at tiscali&quo » Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:02 pm

Hi Mark,
Thanks for the advice, just off to the garage now to try.....
Kind regards
Jeff

Mark Doubet wrote:

Jeff
The first thing I would do, key on in run position take a test light to the
+ side of the coil and check for light. If that is good then with the
starter engaged move the light to the - side and see if it is pulsing to
trigger the coil. If you don't have a light on the + side go to the
connection on the tach as the voltage is feed from the switch to the tach
pickup and then to the coil.
You can run a test wire from the battery side of the starter switch to the +
side of the coil, which is hot wiring and it should fire right up if the
ignitor and coil are good.
I have also had the high voltage lead out of the coil pull up and not make
good connection.
Been thru this exercise many times and usually find it to be the connections
at the tach being loose and pull them off and recrimp them with a plyers,
push them back on and off we go!
Good Luck
Mark Doubet 72 +2 and serveral others




>From: "***@***.***" <***@***.***>
>Reply-To: ***@***.***
>To: ***@***.***
>Subject: [LotusElan.net] Aldon ignitor
>Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 22:03:20 +0100
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>After 4 years off the road, having rebuilt the engine and suspension, I
>turned the TC over tonight.
>It was a bit tight to start with, but eventually was spinning over OK.
>I had fitted an Aldon ignitor four years ago, and I wondered if you
>could test it statically as you could with the old points and a bulb.
>It looks like I have no sparks at the plugs, as my strobe lightdoes not
>even flicker.
>I'm pretty sure that I have wired it all back in correctly, but then it
>was four years ago when it all came out!
>It is quite frustrating as I really want to get the old girl back on the
>road before the winter really sets in ( or the price of petrol gets to
>?5 a gallon, whatevers sooner!)
>I trawled the archives and noticed one posting suggesting thet the
>magnet can wear the rotor an short the ignition.
>Are the Aldon ignitors reliable?
>Any help greatfully recieved.
>Jeff 72 +2
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>To search the mailing list archives:
> http://www.escribe.com/automotive/europ ... index.html
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> http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/legal_stuff.shtml
>Yahoo! Groups Links
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