Tech Tip: Ignition Inspection

Even though we're dealing with electronics, it's important to inspect your ignition system. Remember that the ignition system, at least the high voltage side, requires maintenance. Over time, the rotor tip wears as does the carbon contact of the distributor cap. Spark plug wires also grow weary over time from delivering voltages that can range from 10,000 to 40,000 volts. Plus, your wires operate in a harsh, nasty environment with extreme heat cycles, moving parts, oils and fluids all working against them.

---It is recommended to inspect the cap and rotor at least once a year. If you live in an area with high humidity, you may want to inspect it more often.
---Visually inspect the cap and rotor for wear of the cap terminals and the rotor tip.
---Look for traces of carbon tracks where spark scatter occurs.
---Visually inspect the plug wires for burns or tears. Also, it is a good idea to periodically check the resistance of the wires so see if there is a wire with excessive resistance indicating a break in the conductor.

When we posted this on Facebook, one of our fans followed our advice and was surprised to find this:

msdrust.jpgMaintenance checks and small details can be the difference between winning a race and dropping out early.