[Mgs] MGA sputtering engine and bad replacement parts
Charley & Peggy Robinson
ccrobins at ktc.com
Fri Nov 27 11:55:15 MST 2009
As a matter of fact I usually stay with the condenser and replace only
the points, /if the points don't show a lot of metal transfer./
Getting a condenser that's just the right capacity is kind of a crap
shoot. As to quality it depends on who made the parts. I always had
good luck with Blue Streak ignition parts. Dunno if they're still
made. Maybe Standard Auto? Carquest?
I remember reading an article years ago that claimed you could tell if
your condenser (capacitor) was over or under capacity by which contact
point had the metal buildup on it. I think it might have been inn an
old Motors manual.
Robert J. Guinness wrote:
> I want to thank all those who offered advice on diagnosing my MGA's
> sputtering and dieing engine. The culprit was a bad condenser (which
> I replaced less than a year ago). Are our parts sources becoming
> unreliable? I had to replace the points I installed at the same
> time. Have others experienced bad mechanical replacement parts lately
> (as opposed to body, rubber, interior, etc.), or is it just me? Or
> did the bad new condenser cause problems with the points?
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