Rover SD1 - V8 Electronic Ignition - Components and Testing

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Gosh! The above introductory paragraph says it all about the Rover SD1 V8 Electronic Ignition yet explains little about the individual interacting components, how they fail, maintenance and a full testing program. Download the Components and Testing PDF from here: (219kb) Enjoy! Please advise errors/omissions.

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This article is wholly about the Rover SD1 V8 Electronic Ignition individual components and how they interact, fail, routine maintenance and a full testing program. The sister article concentates on the Description and in-depth Analysis to enable the reader better understanding of the system as a whole. Click here: to see the Rover SD1 Ignition System - Description and Analysis article.

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Rover SD1 V8 Electronic Ignition - Components and Testing
Electronic Ignition - Mechanical Advance

Ignition is the main provider to an engine’s overall performance which demands lively, fat sparks for efficient fuel/air mixture combustion. The standard Rover SD1 V8 Electronic Ignition works by taking relatively high current from battery voltage and converting it into a very high voltage capable of jumping a spark plug gap that ignites the combustible mixture inside a cylinder. Known as induction, it happens inside a coil, not unlike the workings of a transformer. From the coil, the high voltage is routed along a single high tension lead to the distributor and thence, via eight leads to the spark plugs where the spark must appear prior to the respective piston reaching the top of its compression stroke.

Individual Ignition Component Test Processes

Following completion of the SD1 RV8 Ignition System articles, it becomes clear that even more detail regarding individual component test processes would be helpful to the SD1 RV8 Community. This archive contains expanded and upgraded stand-alone programs in PDF format.

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