How do you know if your ignition control module is bad?
I am new on here and I was hoping to get some advice from you guys. I have a 1973 Ford F-100 that has an electronic ignition from a 1974 Ford F-100. How do I know if the ignition control module is bad, because when I try to start it, it turns over very slow. Sometimes when I try to start it turns over very fast and normally starts. Thanks for any advice in advance.
I doubt that it's an ignition problem. Like Montana_highboy said, it sounds more like a starter/battery problem.
Have the battery checked to make sure its good. If it is, the next thing to check are the battery cables, in particular the ground cables. Make sure you have a good ground directly to the engine block. Also make sure the cab and frame have good grounds also, this doesn't have anything to do with the starting problem but it will help avoid other pesky electrical problems down the road.
Clean and tighten all of the cable connections.
If there is still a problem, have the starter checked.
Thanks for making the point about the starter/battery. Since I got the truck, I have looked at the starter and it has a big dent in it. Would that affect why it isn't starting? I tried to start it the other day and it turned over ok and it sounded like it wanted to start, but it didn't. I am not sure if it is the battery because I bought it in February.
These old rides only need two things to run; spark & fuel. That's what I like aboutr them over the computer type sensor style rides of the 80's above.
The dent in the starter ; might effect it turning and was prolly cause by someone denting it to clear headers or the likes.
If the ignition module is bad or no contact with a ground cable it wouldn't turn over alick.
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I was thinking it might be the spark plugs because today I tried to start it and it was turning over real good and sounded like it wanted to start but it didn't. We checked to see if we were getting gas to the carburetor and it was. It was also getting gas to the engine as well. We checked the spark plug and spark plug wires and it wasn't getting spark, so we went to the auto parts store and got new spark plugs and put them in and then tried to start it and it did the exact same thing it did before, didn't start. I think it is demon posessed.
I installed the entire wire harness from a 75 truck into my 77 truck and had no spark. Turned out the modules are different so when I installed the 75 module, truck ran fine.
Might be something to check anyway? The grommets are color coded.
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