Distributor Troubleshooting Blog
Magnetic Pickup in the distributor| 10/02/2015
The magnetic pickup in MSD Distributors can also be checked with an Ohm meter to make sure it is within operating specifications. Once again, connect the Ohm meter's leads to the two terminals of the pickup. The resistance should be within 500 - 700 ohms. If the resistance is out of this specification, inspect the condition of the wires leading to the pickup for abrasion, shorting or opens. If the wiring is okay, the pickup is at fault.
Distributor Operation| 09/10/2013
The distributor of a typical engine has a lot more responsibility than just distributing the spark to the correct cylinder (which in itself is a feat). It is also triggers the coil to release the high voltage, in many cases it turns the oil pump, it distributes the spark to eight different cylinders and it alters the timing of the system. The distributor could be the hardest working part of your ignition system and this is why it is important to ensure that your distributor is up to the task of delivering the performance and power that you expect from your engine. Distributors have changed over the years. From plastic to billet housing materials, trigger mechanisms, timing controls and other items have all been modified over the years, yet most models will perform some if not all of the following duties:
MSD Tech: Distributor Troubleshooting| 09/15/2012
MSD offers several different styles of Pro-Billet Distributors, so our first step is to identify which model you have.
MSD Tech: Rotor Phasing| 08/01/2011
Rotor Phasing is defined as the alignment between the rotor tip and the distributor cap terminal when the spark occurs. This position can be very important to your engine’s performance. If the alignment is incorrect, the spark will jump to the next closest terminal or another ground resulting in a misfire and loss of Power.
Mallory Ignition E-Spark and Unilite Breakerless Distributor Conversion Kit Installation Video| 07/20/2011
In this video our technical specialist demonstrates how to install E-Spark and Unilite Distributor Breakerless Conversion Kits.
"Installing a Distributor", a How To Video from Mallory| 03/25/2011
Watch as Accel Engineer John installs a Mallory Ignition on a small-block Chevy engine. This video also provides simple steps to make sure you're on the right track, such as aligning your distributor gear drive with the oil pump drive and aligning your spark plugs based on your distributor's installation.
MSD Tech: Installing a Distributor Part 1| 05/20/2010
Learn the basics in installing an MSD Distributor in your vehicle.
MSD Tech: Installing a Distributor Part 2| 05/20/2010
The second in a series in learning the basics of installing an MSD Distributor in your vehicle.
MSD Tech: How to set your ignition timing| 03/12/2009
Setting the timing on your engine is one of the most misunderstood adjustments, but the information on this video will help you understand and answer all of your questions about ignition timing.