Asked by: Sylvie Massons
asked in category: General Last Updated: 29th January, 2020

What is a distributor pick up coil?

Electronic ignition pickups are a component found on traditional electronic distributor ignition systems. The pickup coil monitors the rotation of the distributor and triggers the ignition system at the optimal moment to produce the best timed spark for best engine performance.

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Also, how does a distributor pickup coil work?

The pickup coil consists of a hall effect sensor, which is housed within a metal rotor mounted on top of the distributor shaft. As the rotor spins, the windows pass in front of the sensor, exposing it the magnet which triggers a signal to the car's ignition system which then fires a spark within the firing order.

Additionally, how do you check a Ford distributor pickup coil? For the pick up coil (magnetic pick up assembly), connect your ohmmeter between the orange and purple wires. Resistance should be 400-800 ohms. Next, connect the ohmmeter between the black wire and a good ground on the engine. Operate the vacuum advance either by hand or with an external vacuum source.

Considering this, how do you remove a pickup coil from a distributor?

This method involves leaving the distributor in place.

  1. Materials Needed.
  2. Step 1: Disconnect the battery: Remove the negative terminal on the battery.
  3. Step 2: Remove the distributor cap and rotor.
  4. Step 3: Remove the ignition pickup coil: Disconnect the electrical wires to the pickup.

What will a bad pickup coil do?

A pickup coil that has failed, or is about to, may also cause engine stalling and an inability to accelerate smoothly because the fuel injectors are not firing properly. Engine stalling will occur as the vehicle warms up with rough idling being the first clue that a stall is about to happen.

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