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It is a major component of the Ignition System.


Define the component. Include, if known, the german language word for the component, as well as the English or American equivalent. Show a picture, a diagram.

  • Its technical name & common name(s)
  • part # - start year & end year
  • which area it belongs to - engine, transmission, body, injection etc, link back to the relevant section


The function of the condenser (also called a capacitor) is to reduce arcing at the Points. When the points are closed, current flows through the points to energise the primary windings if the ignition coil. When the points open and current flow is interrupted, current from the primary will try to flow back through the points and cause arcing (and burning of the points). The condenser absorbs this charge and reduces arcing. When the points close again, the condenser will discharge back into the coil primary. The stopping of the current flow in the primary causes the magnetic field to collapse and this induces the high voltage in the secondary windings. This high voltage is used to create the spark delivered through high tension leads, the rotor and Distributor cap to the correct spark plug.


Describe common maintenance procedures, and common faults that may occur. Describe how these may be diagnosed and resolved. Again, include diagrams, photographs and explanations. Where possible, include measures, tolerances, weights etc.

  • Symptoms when it faults
  • How to test if it is faulty - what tools to use
  • How to fix / change

Link to related components where appropriate.

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