Since the condenser (capacitor) is connected in parallel to the point’s contacts, when the points open the condenser then allows a small amount of current to briefly continue flowing through the capacitor until it is fully charged, therefore allowing the contacts to open fully without arcing.
What is the purpose of a condenser on a distributor?
Basically the function of a condenser in a coil ignition circuit is to reduce the spark at the contact points as they open in the distributor and thus minimise burning and pitting of the points.
Which of the parts protect the contact point from burning?
A contact breaker (or “points”) is a type of electrical switch, found in the ignition systems of spark-ignition internal combustion engines.
Will a distributor work without a condenser?
We all know that a car won’t run without a condenser. Neither does the initial arc cause any malfunction of the points, so there is no reason for them to fail automatically.
What happens when a distributor condenser goes bad?
A failing points and condenser system can cause rough running, misfires, lean and rich conditions. If the engine is difficult to start, and runs rough once it does start, then it is time to contact a mechanic to have a look at the system and find out exactly what the problem is.
What is the purpose of condenser?
A condenser’s function is to allow high pressure and temperature refrigerant vapor to condense and eject heat. There are three main types: air-cooled, evaporative, and water-cooled condensers.
How do you test a distributor condenser?
So my friend said that I should initially see a low reading rising up to a higher reading if it's immediately high then the condenser has probably had it.
What is the function of condenser in ignition system?
The condenser absorbs the energy and prevents arcing between the points each time they open. This condenser also aids in the rapid collapse of the magnetic field.
What is a contact point condenser?
The condenser is a small electrical device connected across the contact-breaker points in the distributor . It helps to give a crisper spark at the plugs and also retards erosion of the contact-breaker points.
How does points and condenser ignition work?
So as it rotates the cam is going to open the points. And when the points are opened is when the current flow is interrupted to the primary windings of the coil. And obviously that creates the kernel
How do you know if your distributor condenser is bad?
If you suspect the condenser is going bad, you can sometimes tell by watching the engine run while it is in idle. The point cover needs to be removed and some engines won’t run without it, but if the condenser is going bad, you are likely to see a large yellow spark jump between the two contact points.
Will a bad condenser cause weak spark?
Weak spark is often the result of a bad condenser (and it’s a cheap part to replace). If you see higher resistance here, then you need to clean and check the connections and the circuit path to ground through the points. Also check resistance between the distributor body and the engine block.
What causes a distributor condenser to fail?
If your car has standard ignition system wiring and a ballast coil, current flow through the circuit will be excessive and the points, condenser, and coil all may fail prematurely.
What happens when condenser fails?
A blocked condenser can cause a process called short-cycling, when your system cycles on and off rapidly, not allowing for the proper function of your AC system. This will eventually cause more wear and tear than your system should have to withstand, which means you can find yourself facing a premature breakdown.
Is an ignition condenser a capacitor?
A condenser is part of the ignition system used on most small engines. The condenser is physically the same as a high voltage capacitor used in other types of electrical circuits. The small engine condenser stores a high voltage charge. A set of contacts are used to release that charge to the spark plug.
Does the condenser go on the positive or negative side of the coil?
Having a condenser on the positive side of the ignition will not do much. It may suppress some RFI when listening to some channels on the AM radio, but having a condenser on the negative side of the coil would do a better job of suppressing noise while also protecting your points.
Does a condenser need to be grounded?
Your outdoor condenser unit must be grounded to meet most local codes. The copper ground wire should be connected to the ground terminal block, which is mounted to the metal panel. The wire is then held in place with a tightened screw.
What side of the coil does the condenser hook to?
teringer FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member. your condenser for your ign. system is inside your dist. if its coil mounted its a suppressor and goes on the bat + side.