The purpose of this test is to examine primary and secondary ignition voltage on a distributor type ignition system.
Technicians should whenever possible gain access to the test circuit without damage to seals and insulation. If this is not possible then make sure appropriate repairs are completed.
General connection advice
PicoScope offers a range of options within the test kits.
Dependent on difficulty of access, choose from:
Testing sensors and actuators (to include relevant circuit/connectors):
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.
Uninsulated HT pickups are designed to clip around double-insulated HT cables only – they are not designed for direct connection to a hazardous live voltage. To prevent injury or death, switch off the engine and secure against restart. Clean and inspect the HT lead for damage to insulation and fit only to undamaged fully insulated leads. Ensure that leads are safely clear of hot and / or rotating parts. The engine can now be restarted for the test duration.
The example waveform shows the exact relationship between the ignition's primary circuit and the secondary output. The primary circuit transfers its characteristics into the secondary through 'mutual inductance' and mirrors the primary exactly.
The blue trace shown in the example is the Low Tension (LT) signal, measured from the coil's negative terminal (marked number 1). The red trace is the High Tension (HT) output voltage measured at the king lead.
A permanent or intermittent loss of the secondary picture is usually due to a failing coil or HT (High Tension) voltage tracking to earth. Losing the primary picture will result in a total loss of HT voltage.
Please see individual waveform 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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