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Did I fry my distributor?

I think I may have fried the distributor on my '78 924 by leaving the coil hotwired for an hour while the car was turned off... I replaced everything in the ignition system, but when I try to start the car without the plug wires plugged in, I can see that some of the cylinders only fire sometimes... is this an indication that my distributor is fried?
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:11 AM
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i guess it could have fried the condenser (IIRC, the 924 has one). are you sure that the distributor cap is on correctly? did you check it for cracks/carbon?
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Every part of the ignition system is brand new and installed correctly.
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brand new before or after you left the coil hotwired? if brand new and then you left the coil hotwired, i am still leaning towards the condenser.

every single part? wires, coil, distributor, cap, rotor, relay?

did it run correctly with the coil hotwired? does it run correctly now with the coil hotwired?
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I hotwired the coil and got the car running... then left the coil hotwired and it never ran again.

After this, I replaced the starter, coil, dizzy cap, rotor, wires, plugs... Didnt replace the relay or distributor. It still doesnt run at all...

it tries to run once in a while when i crank it... when I take the wires off the dizzy cap, I can see that #1 always fires and the other 3 only fire sometimes.

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so, the distributor could have been damaged by leaving things hotwired. have you tried starting it hotwired since replacing all that other stuff?

have you tried swapping the old cap back in?
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Yes and yes... still variable spark
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why would it work correctly on cyl one and not the others? condenser?
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have you tried posting this over on 924board.org?
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You should use a series ballast resistor (after starting) in line with the + side of the coil, whenever you hot-wire it!

You couldn't have fried the cap by what you did. But obviously you messed SOMETHING up. Either the coil (but you say replaced), or (most likely, I think) the circuit that fires the negative (-) side of the coil, is toast.
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