This is a vintage ignition system but we are going to apply the same processes we use today to troubleshoot a no spark conditions on this system. All you need is a simple test light to follow along!
The truck being used is a 1978 Dodge Power Wagon W150
Control Testing Ignition Coils:
No Spark Diagnostics “Control Testing” Part 1 [an ScannerDanner Premium video] https://youtu.be/7nHbctRwyys
No Spark Diagnostics “Control Testing” Part 2 [an ScannerDanner Premium video] https://youtu.be/9U942uGTZf0
00:47 what system we are working on
01:25 ignition coil voltage readings
02:20 thermal camera view
02:40 primary current flow
05:00 don’t leave your key on!
06:40 what no ground on the ICM looks like
08:40 control testing with a test light
12:00 importance of the cranking bypass circuit
17:45 bypass circuit enabled vs disabled during cranking
19:05 what a faulty pickup coil looks like
20:38 pick-up coil bypass test
22:40 resistance test of the pick-up
24:40 me stabbing myself with a pin
25:00 pick-up coil output voltage test
27:35 why I don’t like the voltmeter for coil negative control testing
31:20 flow chart for no spark diagnostics on this system
31:45 forum post for access to my flow chart https://www.scannerdanner.com/forum/scannerdanner-book-questions-and-discussion/10758-1978-dodge-power-wagon-ignition-system-testing-flow-chart.html#58948
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