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G8MNY  > TECHNI   11.10.21 09:00l 58 Lines 2734 Bytes #999 (0) @ WW
BID : 49486_GB7CIP
Subj: Resistive Ignition Lead Repair
Path: PI8DRE<PI8CDR<LU4ECL<GB7CIP
Sent: 211011/0655Z @:GB7CIP.#32.GBR.EURO #:49486 [Caterham Surrey GBR]
From: G8MNY@GB7CIP.#32.GBR.EURO
To  : TECH@WW

By G8MNY                                 (New Jun 21)
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These carbon particle leads are standard on petrol engines with or without
distributers/coil packs, but not found on small magneto ignition engines like
lawmowers & generators! The advantage is much reduced QRM, but reduced spark
plug power & unfortunately a short lifetime, 10 years? But do check for bad
plugs, as they can fail intermittantly too usually when hot.

                                 black outer rubber
                           旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴
                                white inner rubber        
Carbon dust coated string :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Gives about 1k per inch         white inner rubber        
                           읕컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴
                                 black outer rubber

Lead breakdown is caused due to the current passing through the carbon
particals on a string, heating & oxygen near the exposed surfaces will over
time generating CO2 making the partcles smaller & causing bigger gaps between
them & then more sparking & heating etc. Normally the hot Spark Plug ends are
where the failures are, a bit of examination at night looking for spark light &
hearing clicks, or a meter will locate the cause an occasinal missing engine
fault. Replacing the lead with new will cure the problem for few years, but
here is a ZERO COST DIY repair...

REPAIR
If spark light is seen at an end (not from on outer to nearby earth) or the
lead is higher resistance than expected, it is usually the hot plug ends that
fail. An internal wire (paperclip) can be inserted along the string once the
spark plug termination clamping the end is removed. This hardest bit is
actully carfully breaking the rubber glue with a small sharp long screwdriver
inserted along the cable outer to free up the plug shield boot.

               Boot            
          ========_____
Spark Plug  ()께꿀複複複複複複lead
          ========~~~~~

Then slide the boot up the lead, carefully bend the metal contact tangs out of
the lead (so they can be resused) & free the lead. Straighten a paper clip to
leave 1 U fold, & push long piece down centre of lead until U fold is home.
Measure the resistance, it should be a stable resitance now & possibly lower.
Reassemble the metal contact griping the paper clip U & crimp it down on the
lead again. slide boot back & reglue once all leads retested.


Also see Tech Bul on "Towing & Reversing Bleeper", "Towing Socket for Caravans"
"Vehicle Gutter /P Mast Support" & "Wheel Nuts".


Why Don't U send an interesting bul?

73 De John, G8MNY @ GB7CIP


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