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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 04, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a quick simple question how can I check for spark using a dmm or a test light?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 04, 12:46 AM
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Remove the plug wire at the spark plug, insert a #2 Phillips screwdriver into the plug boot, hold about 1/4 inch away from ground/engine, and crank the starter. If you have a BLUE spark jumping the gap, its good to go. Easiest statement to remember, "BLUE IS BEST"

Easiest way to check is to have the person you hate the most hold the end of the plug wire in one hand and touch engine with the other and start. If the person yells, then you have spark.........LOL

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 04, 01:09 PM
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Niether a DMM or a test light will work. The DMM will go poof! The test light requires more current than most ignition systems can provide besides the fact that the spark is a quick pulse that will never light the filiment.

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I've seen a test lamp that clamps in between the plug and plug wire but you have to have extra clearence to use it.

How about using a timing light, put it on the plug wire with the engine running or being cranked over and if it flashes you know you have spark...

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 04, 01:44 AM
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Dnult, A test light works just fine. Your not trying to light the bulb, just provide a ground for the spark. All you need to do is connect the test lamps clamp to a solid ground, isolate the spark plug boot, crank the engine while holding the pointy, probe end of the light 1/2" or so from the terminal inside the boot. If you see a spark jumping from the probe on the light to the terminal in the wire, your good to go.

When I was in the business, I used this method a lot for testing at the coil tower on DIS cars or on upside down GM HEI distributor caps, on these cars it's a lot easier to bring the ground to the coil than to bring the coil to the ground.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 04, 12:36 PM
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I suppose a piece of "bailin war" would bork just as well as a test light in this situation. A screwdriver works pretty well too for that matter.

Seriously though, that does sound pretty clever but not what you would typically consider a test light for.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 04, 01:31 AM
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Ayuh, up heah in NH we prefar hose clamps 'n duct tape over balun wyuh, but this works bettah!!

Seriously though, the test light gives you a nice sharp point for the spark to jump too and allows some freedom of movement on systems with short or no plug wires!!

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 04, 01:50 PM
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I like just taking the spark plug out and plugging it back into the wire -- then just hold the side of the plug to the engine block. When you crank the car you will see the spark jump across the plug gap.

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