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Re: [Mgs] Fwd: new mg owner in south fla.

To: "W. David Houser" <>
Subject: Re: [Mgs] Fwd: new mg owner in south fla.
From: Richard Ewald <>
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2010 09:55:48 -0800
for some reason the coil is staying powered up with the key off.
It could be caused by the engine cleaning, or it could be unrelated.
The coil is supplied with power when the key is on, and it is grounded when
the points are closed.  During that time it generates heat.
So if the coil is hot with the key off, there is power to the coil.

On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 8:27 AM, W. David Houser <>wrote:

> Listers,
> Forwarding an interesting problem with that coil getting hot with the
> ignition off.
> Any ideas for Alan
> Dave Houser
> Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > Subject: new mg owner in south fla.
> >
> > Hello, I am hoping you, or one of your members can help me out. I
> > purchased a 1973 mbg, it was running good, I did a very deep
> > cleaning job, and sprayed de-greaser on the lower and under side of
> > the engine. I then rinsed from the underside up, and  kept the top
> > side of the motor mostly dry. I then started the car as usual, it
> > ran fine. Dried any other parts of the engine and parked it in the
> > garage. Two days later, car wouldn't start(turned over but didn't
> > fire up. I must have gotten something wet. I then checked the
> > distributor cap, seemed fine, but I put in a new cap, points,
> > condenser, rotor, still wont fire up. Changed the coil, still
> > nothing. I did notice the old and new coil gets hot, even with the
> > ignition off.(I left one of the wires off until someone has some
> > advise for me.) What else can I check that water might have
> > affected? I do not know of an MG repair shop near me in the Fort
> > Lauderdale area, and am afraid to take it somewhere, that has no
> > idea of how to repair an MG. Why is the coil getting hot? I am
> > hoping one of your members can advise me to get her running again.
> > Thank you in advance for any help you can give. Alan Kurland
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