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Electronic ignition

Postby timv » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:24 pm

Have had two electronic ignitions fail in about 1 year. Wondered if anyone else had this? Is it faulty equipment or is my cub eating them?

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby Rudi » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:59 pm

There is nothing in a Cub's electrical makeup that could contribute to destroying an electronic ignition coil. Parts must be faulty.
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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby timv » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:11 pm

That is reassuring. Wondered if you had heard of anyone else having bad luck with an electronic ignition part? Thanks for your reply.

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby bob in CT » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:43 pm

What are you talking about? Pertronix?

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby timv » Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:23 pm

Bought it at Napa, and not sure of the brand. Are there other makers than pertonix?

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby DieselDennis » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:13 am

Petronix is the only one that I know of, but it's likely that there may be others.

I've had one on my '48 Cub for 2-3 years now. I even left the ignition on overnight one time, and it didn't burn out. Starts wonderfully.

I don't know that you could be doing anything to help or hurt the ignition. Proper installation is all you can do. I bought my unit already installed on a distributor from Genesee Products, so my installation was very basic.
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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:06 am

Might want to look closely at the part number of the unit.
There are two different part numbers for 6V vs. 12V.
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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby timv » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:08 am

Thanks for your experiences and suggestions.

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby bob in CT » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:06 am

Good point on the 6V versus the 12V. I put one on this Spring and so far, so good. I have not heard of failures among my friends, but that is purely anecdotal. If you are not leaving the key on and the voltage is correct, I would find out who made it and call tech support. They are pretty simple (and from the looks of them, extremely profitable).

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby Clark Thompson » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:03 pm

I have had a petronix ignition in my 76 international cub for 10 years 12 volt. I have also had many petronix ignitions in 6 volt cubs with no issues. There are a few other brands out there but right off hand I don't remember the names. If a petronix ignition is improperly wire it will either not work or burn out immediately.The only other thing I can think of is your using bad coil or too much voltage to the ignition.
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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby outdoors4evr » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:40 pm

I have been running with a pertronix unit on my 184 (12v) for a few years now.
I have really enjoyed the consistency and easy starting. It has been very reliable so far.
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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby timv » Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:48 pm

Hadn't checked back for awhile. Appreciate all of the experience/suggestions. Both times it ran for a few hours before shooting craps. NAPA won't make good on it this second time so I'm pretty put out. I think I will bite the bullet and order another directly from petronix. They guarantee 30 mos. Not sure why NAPA couldn't offer same warranty. I do like the way it starts easier, runs smoother, and slightly increases power.

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:19 am

NAPA won't make good on it this second time so I'm pretty put out .


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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby Gary Dotson » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:22 am

I've installed quite a few Pertronix kits, on various tractors & cars, over the past several years and just recently had the first to fail. I've had great success with them so I guess I just got a lemmon on this one. Make sure your coil is compatable, according to the Pertronix instruction sheet and make sure your charging system is not charging excess voltage. Otherwise, i don't know why you would be having issues.

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Re: Electronic ignition

Postby tnestell » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:38 pm

Gary Dotson wrote:I've installed quite a few Pertronix kits, on various tractors & cars, over the past several years and just recently had the first to fail. I've had great success with them so I guess I just got a lemmon on this one. Make sure your coil is compatable, according to the Pertronix instruction sheet and make sure your charging system is not charging excess voltage. Otherwise, i don't know why you would be having issues.

Something in my mind tells me that reversing the polarity on a Pertronix ignition on installation might cause damage to the system.


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