Asked by: Keita Taulats
asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020

What can an HEI system cause?

The HEI system produces a more powerful spark, which allows for a wider spark plug gap for surer ignition of a fuel/air mix that may not be optimal. The HEI setup has also become a popular swap into non-GM vehicles.

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In this manner, what does an HEI module do?

The key functions for the HEI module are to set the current limits for the ignition and establish the dwell circuitry. High-performance modules like the ACCEL, MSD, Performance Distributors, and Pertronix units allow higher current limits and increased dwell time at high rpm.

Furthermore, what Causes HEI module failure? Most common cause of module failure is still overheating of the in cap coil, and its layer shorting, causing increased resistance the coil trigger side of the module cannot handle.

Keeping this in consideration, how do I know if my HEI module is bad?

Signs & Symptoms of a Bad Magnet Pick Up HEI Distributor

  1. Engine Fails to Start. If the positive hot wire from the battery that feeds the distributor has no voltage to it, the HEI distributor will not function.
  2. Plug Wire Engine Miss.
  3. Reduced Fuel Economy.
  4. Weak Spark.
  5. Electrical Arc and Shorts.
  6. Hard Starting.
  7. Smog Check Failure.

Is a HEI distributor better?

An HEI distributor is a great piece of equipment for an over-the-road car because it is completely self-contained. It requires minimal wiring and is easy to install. But without an external coil, a stock HEI cannot provide a strong spark at rpm levels commonly seen on the racetrack.

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