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Old 09-10-2019, 07:34 AM
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Is there anyone out there who repairs electronic ignitions for our engines...??

Please let me know.

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Old 09-10-2019, 08:05 AM
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Is there anyone out there who repairs electronic ignitions for our engines...??

Please let me know.

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FWIW.....Like a lot of things today......the cost of new will probably rule/out the cost of shipping & labor to repair......just saying.....
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:09 AM
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Only if it is a CH ignition.The rest buy a new one,they are filled with epoxy on the inside so it makes it hard to repair even if you could get it done.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:16 AM
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The Chinese ones are all potted in epoxy. No way to repair them. It would cost more than to buy a replacement ignition unit. CH Ignitions is probably the only one that can be repaired anymore.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:07 PM
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Spark plug caps can be replaced so don't toss one for that alone.
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:14 PM
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Spark plug caps can be replaced so don't toss one for that alone.
And caps are by far the most common problem! The insulation inside the caps breaks down over time or with even a small bump then the engine runs rough or not at all. Cheap and easy to replace.

Bad plug leads are also common especially when in contact with sharp cowl edges. I don’t feel sorry for those who don’t protect and route their plug wires so they are safe from harm.
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:24 PM
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I just diagnosed a bad cap the other day. Engine ran like garbage, no transition, acted lean, bump the cap and bingo - new engine. With it running you can vary the performance just by moving the cap around. I'm quite certain the trip it made from a vertical dive from 200ft into railroad tracks (in my posts a few years ago when a linkage (ahem) pulled out on maiden) had NOTHING to do with this obvious manufacturing defect.
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:48 PM
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I just diagnosed a bad cap the other day. Engine ran like garbage, no transition, acted lean, bump the cap and bingo - new engine. With it running you can vary the performance just by moving the cap around. I'm quite certain the trip it made from a vertical dive from 200ft into railroad tracks (in my posts a few years ago when a linkage (ahem) pulled out on maiden) had NOTHING to do with this obvious manufacturing defect.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:00 PM
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I recently purchased some of the braided material in hopes of repairing damaged leads on a couple of used engines. Can I just section that material in?
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:45 PM
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I recently purchased some of the braided material in hopes of repairing damaged leads on a couple of used engines. Can I just section that material in?
Yes you can if the center conductor insulation isnít damaged in any way. The braid is just tinned copper and solders easily. Check to see if your center conductor insulation is silicone and heat resistant or you will destroy it. Wrapping isnít good enough, you need a good electrical connection. Its questionable whether it is worth the effort but small nicks can be fixed.
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Yes you can if the center conductor insulation isnít damaged in any way. The braid is just tinned copper and solders easily. Check to see if your center conductor insulation is silicone and heat resistant or you will destroy it. Wrapping isnít good enough, you need a good electrical connection. Its questionable whether it is worth the effort but small nicks can be fixed.
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Wrapping could actually work with enough overlap and tape or heat shrink (preferred) to keep it in solid contact. I may know someone who has done this once or a few times. Think of it as a screen door. Just enough to make contact might look pretty but let bugs in (interference out). More overlapped will look worse but not let bugs in or interference out.
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Wrapping could actually work with enough overlap and tape or heat shrink (preferred) to keep it in solid contact. I may know someone who has done this once or a few times. Think of it as a screen door. Just enough to make contact might look pretty but let bugs in (interference out). More overlapped will look worse but not let bugs in or interference out.
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Wrapping could actually work with enough overlap and tape or heat shrink (preferred) to keep it in solid contact. I may know someone who has done this once or a few times. Think of it as a screen door. Just enough to make contact might look pretty but let bugs in (interference out). More overlapped will look worse but not let bugs in or interference out.
Kinda what I was wondering. Looking to source some of the marine grade heat shrink(has the gooey stuff on the inside) to help secure in place.
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Old 09-11-2019, 01:43 PM
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FWIW, and you may already do this, but I discovered that the small gauge automotive wire loom (black corrugated plastic, split lengthwise) makes a great overlay protector on plug leads. The cowl edges don't seem to bother this stuff, and it's cheap and easy to replace. Securing with some shoe goo makes it virtually permanent!
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