Testing Igniter / Resistance Testing
I'm working on a 1989 vn750 that was given to me. It was not taken care of and I'm discovering many electrical problems. As it is obvious from the amount of acid corrosion all over the battery box area and in most of the electrical connectors surrounding, I imagine the bike was dumped and battery acid got all over in that area. As I have discovered, there is no spark to the rear cylinder and after reading many other threads in this forum I knew that I had to at least rule out the Igniter as well as many other components. Also, the previous owner had taken it to a local Kawasaki shop where he was told by a tech that he suspected the Igniter was bad. So I just wanted whoever might be reading this to know what happened when I tried to use a regular digital multi-meter to test the Ingiter. As I took the readings they were not even close to the factory specs in the service manual. At first I had an Ah-ha! moment. But the readings were just so out of whack I knew I must investigate further. Of course there is a note in the service manual saying that you must use the "Kawasaki Hand Tester". Upon further investigation I realized this was just an old-time analog ohm meter. So I unpacked my father's old multi-meter and got it going again and re-tested. Wa-la! All the readings were in spec! So I cannot emphasis enough NOT to use your Sears or Home Depot meter. There are digital multi-meters out there that can apparently test accurately enough but they are pricey. If you have a decent old-timey it will work good. I will update this post when I learn why I'm not getting spark to my rear cylinder.