Electronic Ignition – A Little Incident

Electronic Ignition can be considered as upgrade from point contact ignition, but which one…? a lot of option out there, but for me I choose the cheap(ish) option ( but not the crap by all means)… Powerspark from SimonBBC… the consideration is: the technology is already mature, the improvement will not be much different with the point breaker anyway, and I might go for Megajolt route later so I do not want to spend big money here. I ordered this item, a Chinese copy of Lucas distributor 45D4… well Lucas is well known as prince of darkness anyway, what can be worst from that…

45DsimonCut the story short, I have received the item in a good condition and installed it about two  months a go… I feel bit of improvement compare to the old distributor (not sure if this is only psychological or actual), it works.. so no more maintenance… or so I thought…

One month later, when I happily driving around the town… I heard a noise from the engine bay and the engine stopped… just like that… ooh, Dolly is playing another “guess what when wrong this time” kind of quiz again…!

I opened the bonnet and checked few things, I saw the distributor cup is no longer properly clamped or loose, and the rotor arm is not in the place it should be… ah.. this is the problem… “Common Dolly, you insulting my intelligent… this is too easy….” I said to Dolly (if you see a landy owner talking to his /  her car, consider it as normal… we do that all the time :)). Easy fix, just put it back I will be going in no time… me think… but it seems I under estimate dolly in giving a hard quiz…  the engine is not starting… it crank OK but not starting…

Another look at the distributor, it is clamped alright now, slightly loose but clamped by both clip, tried again cranking again the engine.. same result…so  this is the time more thorough investigation is needed.  I checked the inside of the distributor…

The Cup… although cosmetically no problem I found something strange… here is the pict:

Yap the spring is broken…

So no wonder the electric current can not be transferred from coil to spark plug, because no connection to the rotor arm …  it should have something like this…

original 45D4 cup distributor

But what about the rotor arm..? it too seems badly “injured”… here is the pict..


What the hell has happened… I am checking the internet and seems no one is having the same issue, so I accept it that this might be my fault during installation, somehow it is probably not properly clamped, the cup is loose, and *Bang* the rotor may be hitting the one of the aluminum post  inside the cup, the rotor stop moving but the mighty force of the engine pushing it further and the plastic broken, and so on and so on…

I finally replaced the rotor arm and the cup from the original dizzy which I always bring for the spare… I fired up the engine no problem,  and I can go  home safely… seems that the main unit is OK…

I talk to Simonbbc and ask whether this type of “accident” is covered by his warranty… He kindly agree to send the replacement… great service… no wonder he has 100% satisfied customer in ebay. Now the original distributor cup is still being used waiting replacement from Simon…

Cheers for now…


  1. wahyu Dwi says:

    mas mau tanya ttg electronic ignition ini
    1. sampai sekarang masih beroperasi normal?
    2. waterproof? maksudnya kalo mobil melintas genangan setinggi kap mesin :)
    3. berapa total harga yg harus dibayar sampai barang diterima?

    terima kasih

    1. vidinur says:

      Hi sorry lama balesnya.. :)
      1. ya sampai sekarang beroperasi dengan normal… sekali ada masalah karena kabel di dalam lepas, tapi setelah di pasang beres..
      2. kalau keciprat air gak masalah… tapi kalau kerendem ya koit :)
      3. saya beli sudah berikut distributornya.. jadi distributor baru juga…harga 2 juta sampai barang diterima.. kalau cuma modulnya doang lebih murah…

      semoga berguna

  2. mud4fun says:

    LOL, the diesels are very noisy so unless you really need the better fuel economy you are best sticking with the petrol :-)

  3. mud4fun says:

    Now you see why I prefer diesels – no ‘Lord of Darkness’ parts required to run :-)

    1. vidinur says:

      Very true, they have a better MPG too… but down side is its lower HP and engine sound is very noisy… so in the end it is just a girl with different attitude… :). in here diesel series is a bit difficult to find…

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