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    Default 1978 Mercury 90 HP No fire to plugs

    HAVING A REAL PROBLEM, PLEASE HELP!! I have a 1978 90 HP Mercury outboard and I'm not getting any fire to the plugs. I checked to see if I could get any fire out of the coil and I'm not. Should the green wire to coil show any voltage? How do I check coil? What would my next step be?
    Last edited by rj52; 09-17-2010 at 01:25 PM.

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    Yuma, AZ, USA

    Default Re: 1978 Mercury 90 HP No fire to plugs

    If yours is an inline outboard with a Distributor this might help.If not disregard this.
    This test is for the 332-2986 switchbox used from 1967-1978 on all the inlines.
    This test assumes your coil is good (problems with CDI coils are rare).
    1. Turn off ignition;
    2. Disconnect all 3 distributor wires on the Port side of the switchbox (and the “mercury switch” if present);
    3. Remove the High Voltage lead from the ign coil to the center of the dist. cap (remember it unplugs from the coil and unscrews from the cap);
    4. Reconnect the H.V. lead to the COIL only;
    5. Position the free end of the HV lead approx. 3/8" from ground (block, shrouds etc), and find a way to hold it there;
    6. Jumper the brown and white terminals on the distributor side of the switchbox to each other.
    7. Check that you have +12V at the red terminal (even with the ign off);
    8. Turn on ignition and verify +12V at the white terminal (same side as the red terminal);
    9. Ground the black terminal on the distributor side of the switchbox - this should cause a spark each time you touch ground.
    If you get spark with the distributor bypassed, and it won't fire with the distributor connected, the trigger is bad and the entire distributor housing assy must be replaced.
    If you get no spark using the test, the switchbox is probably bad. In that case, be sure to check for correct power on the switchbox, check all connections, and check the coil's resistance to make sure it's OK."
    Last edited by fixitdaily; 09-23-2010 at 01:30 AM.
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