You will require a PicoScope to perform this test. A list of suitable accessories can be found at the bottom of this page.
Note: This helpfile refers to a 10:1 attenuator. If you are using a 20:1 attenuator please adjust the Probe settings for the relevant channel. These settings can be found under the Channel Options button, then: Probe > 20:1 Attenuator.
Plug the 10:1 Attenuator into Channel A on the PicoScope and plug a BNC test lead into the attenuator. Place a large black clip onto the black test plug (negative) and a back-pinning probe on the colored test lead (positive). Place the black clip onto the battery negative terminal and probe the coil's negative (or number 1) terminal with the back-pinning probe as illustrated in Figure 1.
Connect the low-amp current clamp to Channel B of the PicoScope. Select the 20 A range if available and switch the current clamp on. Remember to zero the clamp before connecting it to the circuit.
Place the current clamp directly onto the coil's supply cable and not around the loom that also contains the negative (or negatives depending on the ignition system). The connection is illustrated in Figure 1.
The example waveform shows a high voltage, so the scaling of the oscilloscope is adjusted to suit. It is important that the 10:1 Attenuator is used in all situations when a voltage exceeding 200 volts is being measured.
With the example waveform displayed on the screen you can now hit the space bar to start looking at live readings.
For further information, see the following topics:
This help topic is subject to changes without notification. The information within is carefully checked and considered to be correct. This information is an example of our investigations and findings and is not a definitive procedure. Pico Technology accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies. Each vehicle may be different and require unique test settings.
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