- 1 How do you know if a ballast resistor is bad?
- 2 How do you test a ballast resistor coil?
- 3 How many ohms is a ballast resistor?
- 4 What causes a ballast resistor to fail?
- 5 Do you need a resistor with a 12 volt coil?
- 6 Do I need a resistor for my coil?
- 7 Can I bypass ballast resistor?
- 8 How many ohms should a 12 volt coil have?
- 9 How do you check a ballast?
- 10 Does a ballast resistor need to be grounded?
- 11 How do you wire a ballast resistor?
- 12 How do you check the resistance of a coil?
- 13 How do you test a 12 volt resistor?
How do you know if a ballast resistor is bad?
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ballast Resistor
- Vehicle starts, then immediately dies. The most obvious symptoms will be the vehicle starts, but then immediately dies as soon as you release the key.
- Not starting at all. If the ballast resistor is not working properly, the vehicle will not start.
- Don’t jump the resistor.
- Let the vehicle be.
How do you test a ballast resistor coil?
To test your ballast resistor you need an ohm meter or multimeter set to ohms. Remove the connectors from both sides of the resistor. The ohms should read between 1.8 and 5 ohms. You should be getting 9 volts to the positive side of the coil.
How many ohms is a ballast resistor?
External Resisted Ignition Coils have an internal resistance of 1.5 Ohms and when combined with the Ballast Resistor you get a total resistance of 3.0 Ohms which is necessary for 12 Volt ignitions systems.
What causes a ballast resistor to fail?
The resistance through the ballast resistor varies with current flow which varies with engine rpm. This naturally causes the resistor to expand and contract from heat. That’s why they eventually fail.
Do you need a resistor with a 12 volt coil?
If a 6 volt ignition system is converted to 12 volts and a Delco style 12 volt coil with an internal resistor is installed as part of the conversion, no external resistors are required. The 12 volt battery must be connected so the negative (-) battery terminal is connected to ground.
Do I need a resistor for my coil?
And while ignition coil life may be compromised without a resistor, the additional secondary voltage (at the spark plug) is increased which generally improves power. So does your application require a ballast resistor? Quite simply, if your distributor has breaker points the answer is yes; if not, the answer is no.
Can I bypass ballast resistor?
The duty of the ballast resistor is to limit voltage to the ignition coil. A quick and easy way to diagnose ballast resistor failure is to bypass it by running a temporary jumper wire from the battery to the coil.
How many ohms should a 12 volt coil have?
The normal, acceptable range for a standard 12 – volt car is 1.5 to 1.7 Ohms.
How do you check a ballast?
One probe of the multimeter should touch the hot wire connections, while the other touches the neutral wire connections. If the ballast is good, an analog multimeter has a needle that will sweep to the right across the measuring scale. If the ballast is bad, then the needle won’t move.
Does a ballast resistor need to be grounded?
A Ballast resistor should NEVER be grounded! One side of it will go to the 12 volts on The Ignition switch, The other side should go to the + side of the coil
How do you wire a ballast resistor?
- Step 1: Determine if Ballast Resistor Is Needed. In many of today’s vehicles, the ballast resistor is not needed.
- Step 2: Locate Ballast Resistor along Firewall.
- Step 3: Drill Holes for Securing Resistor.
- Step 4: Install Ballast Resistor.
- Step 5: Connect Wires to Positive.
- Step 6: Connect Negative to Condenser.
How do you check the resistance of a coil?
Resistance can be measured with a Multimeter.
- Set the multimeter to measure resistance (ohms).
- Connect the positive lead to the positive terminal of the coil.
- Connect the negative lead to the negative terminal.
- A typical value would read 0.4 – 2 ohms.
How do you test a 12 volt resistor?
How to test a 12v coil
- With a volt meter Plug the black probe into the COM port on your multi meter,
- Plug the red probe into the VΩmA port.
- Switch on your multi meter, and set the dial to resistance mode.
- Most multi meters are not autoranging, meaning you will need to set the correct range for the resistance you expect to measure.