Lotus Elan

coil resistor question

PostPost by: Cymru » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:16 pm

Hi all,


Quick question.

for the +2 130s

Does the coil have an internal resistor - or - is the resistor else where on the car.

If it is somewhere else - where can I find that dam thing???

thanks
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:12 pm

If your stater solenoid has only 3 terminals, your car was not fitted with ballasted ignition so there isn't one to be found.

If your starter solenoid has 4 terminals, the 4th (smallish) one goes directly to the coil bypassing the ballast resistor. In many cases ballast resistors are implemented simply by using a resistive wire from the ignition switch to the coil, so it will be difficult to determine if it is a resistor or just a plain copper wire.

Where a discrete ballast resistor is fitted on an elan, it is usually a small black object directly fastened on one of the coil terminals.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:13 pm

Oodles of previous discussion on this topic, the search needed is "ballast resistor"

http://www.lotuselan.net/cgi-bin/search ... oom_sort=0
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