Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Re: Ignition sw case Positively charged
I'll try disconnecting the red wire and see what happens. Here's what its done - when I put the key to the run position, which activates the heavy pink wire, the body of the ignition switch arcs big time. It won't jump a 1/2" gap or anything, but its just like touching the positive battery cable to ground, big arc. It only does it in the run position, although to be honest I don't know that I tried it while cranking, its a bit too much to manipulate since the ignition switch isn't fastened to the dash yet.
Here is why I got to this point - I did my spark test with the MSD 6AL, 'broke' the white wire so I could do the test by touching it to ground - which according to the directions should result in a spark from the coil each time you remove the white wire from ground. Well before I could even touch the white wire to ground, the coil was firing. Not just a spark, but a constant arc of sparking, like its firing around 1000 rpm. Nice strong blue spark, and almost constant, hard to tell the gaps between each arc because its firing so fast. This is with the key in the run position, but engine off (obviously since I have the coil lead laying near a ground point). When I do connect the white wire to ground to run the "spark test" per MSD instructions, the arcing stops, and when I remove the white wire from ground it starts again, constant sparking. I assume this isn't right, the directions make it sound like A spark, not a constant spark.
So I don't know which problem I'm chasing, is the ignition switch somehow getting backfed too much power because the MSD is firing the coil w/o a signal, or is my ignition switch (new) somehow telling the coil to fire because I've got something crossed up. The wiring is pretty straight forward, so I don't know how I could a messed it up.
MSD - Heavy red to Battery / Heavy Black to Battery / Small red to Ignition Pink and to Dizzy / White to Dizzy / Orange to + Coil / Black to - Coil. All the other wiring is stock.
Thank you guys - I know this is longish. I was hoping to start the car today for the first time in 8 years, this is killing me! lol