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Powerspark Failure

PostPost by: William2 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:07 pm

I fitted a Powerspark ignition module about 2000 miles ago and it seems to have stopped working. Anyone else had a similar problem and if so, did you replace like for like or try a different make?
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PostPost by: Elseezed » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:16 pm

Last year my Powerspark failed (less than 500 miles) on the way to the Oulton Park Gold Cup. Changed back to Points, ran ok but the heel wore down quickly and points therefore closed. Ordered a Petronix (Aldon), so far so good.
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PostPost by: elans3 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:14 pm

The Aldon Ignitor I fitted in 2002 is still going strong after 19 years and around 25000 miles. Only had 2 of the 4 magnets in the plastic sleeve come unstuck last year. Stuck them back in and it's all AOK again.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:15 am

Fitted a Powerspark to my Sprint about 7 years ago no problem. Still runs perfect.
When fitting you need to check there is no Pip on the Base Plate in the Dissy and the Module fits nice and flat.
You may need to remove the Pip on the Base Plate.
Good clean and use the Thermal Grease.
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PostPost by: William2 » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:02 am

Thanks for the advice. I followed what Alan said and filed off the pip on the module base and also smeared the base with heat sink compound. If this one fails I will buy an Aldon.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:58 am

Hi William,
not telling you how to suck eggs but what resistance is the Coil you are using.
Could you measure how many Ohms please.
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PostPost by: William2 » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:37 pm

Hi Alan, the coil measures 3 ohms. Is that ok with a Powerspark module?
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:56 pm

Hi William,
I understand that's ok same as i use.
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