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Re: 52 MGTD extra condenser

To: (John McEwen)
Subject: Re: 52 MGTD extra condenser
From: Graham McCann <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 09:11:35 +1100
At 10:09 pm 23/11/97 -0500, John McEwen wrote:
>Hi Rick:
>The condenser you spotted might be a radio noise suppressant - if the car
>has or had a radio.
>John McEwen
>>Hi pre-wariors,
>>We after the last post I decided to break the silence.  I found an extra
>>condenser installed on the fire-wall beside the coil.  It is not hooked
>>up to anything.  It is on the left side of the auto, and looks real
>>bad.  I checked to see if there was one inside the Dist. and yes it is
>>in there.
>>On the TD's did they install an extra one or was it too big to fit
>>inside the Dist.  The wire looks like it is long enough to touch the CB
>>side of the coil.
>>I did install the new adapter for spin on filters today.  The post was
>>so tight that I had to take apart half the fender to get enough room for
>>a good size wrench to break it loose.  After that it went real smooth.
>>You ask why was the rush, well It started out as a oil change.  After
>>examining the used filter I found that the spring was missing inside the
>>old filter assembly.  Looks like the P.O. didn't put it back.  I thought
>>he knew how to change oil.  That's alright I've already changed it twice
>>and didn't catch it.  I quess it show's what kind of mechanic I am, LOL.

What you may be seeing could be a radio suppressor but may be a common
arrangement to provide back up for the condenser in the distributor.  If
the condenser fails you only need to attach the 'spare' condensers' wire
to the coil and you are away again.  The only problem would be in the
unlikely event that the failed condenser has caused a dead short to earth.
This is pretty unlikely.

Our road service crews with the motoring organisations do this whenever
they suspect a condenser failure in a stranded car.  It is quicker and
cleaner than opening up the disritibutor.  They recommend that all non
electronic ignition cars should have this spare rigged up, the cost is

97 MGF
Graham McCann  Rivett, ACT. Australia
Phone/Fax: +61 2 62889055

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