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Old 10-17-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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Hey all, getting the sleds up and ready for the season (I hope) Last year my 93' 580 Z was acting up, it would loose spark every now and then, I've narrowed it down to either the internal stator coil or the CDI box is on its way out out. It will run once in awhile but will and loose spark within 2-3 mins of running. How can I test the internal coil to see if this is my problem? I'm leaning towards the CDI box being bad...I did test the carb switches and saftey switch on the throttle and those are good.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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Ignition Charge Coil = Red/White to Black/White = 160 OHMS

Ignition Trigger Coil = Black/Red to Red/White = 17 OHMS

Unplug harness at recoil and do tests on engine side of harness. All tests are +/- 20%

CDI boxes very rarely go bad on these machines if you lost spark it's almost always the stator or the throttle switch.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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Thank's for the info Can stator coils cause a "sometimes works" situation? I figured if a stator is done it's shot. I've seen some funky working CDI boxes before so I just assumed thats what it was... either way I'll find out now and will be cheaper to replace the coil rather than the CDI box too.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:26 PM   #4
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i had a very similar problem on my 92 jag and so i ordered a coil from shadetree figuring it would be worth the $30 and that ended up fixing it. i dont know if it had something to do with the rubber isolators that hold the coil in place being completely worn through or not but i went ahead and replaced those while i was at it. like the others have said the cdi very rarely goes bad unless something shorted out onto it's casing or it ha frayed wires. and the stator is just a PITA. hope this helps.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:21 PM   #5
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Thank's stfustev - I tried another known good coil (plug wire) one awhile back and it still didnt help so I know its either the stator coil or CDI - I havent gotten to work on it yet as my car tried to loose a wheel on my way home from work .... I love how everything starts to fall apart when its starting to get close to winter.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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I have tested the stator coil with a anologue multimeter and I am not sure how to use it as my multimeter has 3 OHM settings: X1 X10 X1K... I tried all 3 settings and I am getting anywhere 4 to 18 to 160 ohms on both set of wires and 3 settings. Does this mean my stator is ok?

Also how can I bypass the throttle saftey swith to make dang sure that this isnt messing up my test. I have a 1 three prong connnector on the steering column shaft.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:16 PM   #7
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You mentioned in your original post that it quits running after a few minutes - this would lead one to believe that it is a problem with a winding "coming open" due to heat - usually this is a problem you cannot test for with an ohmeter unless you duplicate the same conditions - ie. heat.

Because of this, you're probably better off trying a stator to see if it fixes the problem.

Email me your address, and I'll send you a good stator to try.

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Oh,

I also meant to tell you that one of the earlier replies was correct - this issue generally is either the secondary coil, or the primary coil on the stator, or the throttle switch - not a bad idea to bypass the throttle switch first, as it is the easiest to do.

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Thank's for the info sno pro, I have only gotten this sled to start once this year and that was for a few mins and then quit, I have no spark now, I checked the TSS and that is working. I think the stator just had it.
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I don't have your address any more - email it to me at:

dnehring@btinet.net

and I'll get a stator sent out to you to try.

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ps. Also include the stamping #'s on the flywheel.
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