In 1998 I bought a Triumph Herald 13/60, here you can read about it's restoration and share in a few photo's from it's travels. Please feel free to leave comments to any of the posts, of even email me if you want to.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Keep on Running.....

For those of you that have experienced their cars running on (often referred to as dieseling) even when the ignition is switched off and have tried all the usual remedies for this such as adjusting timing, fuel mixture or removing carbon build up in the combustion chamber, but still didn’t manage to cure it. There is one cheap and easy thing to try, particularly if you have converted to an alternator and/or have had other modifications on the wiring.

What can happen is that when you switch off, your alternator pushes power back down the wire to the ignition warning light, then on to the ignition switch, keeping the circuit live momentarily or in more extreme cases permanently, until such times you pull a wire off the coil to break the circuit.

To do this fix you will need a diode. I bought a 1N5822 diode from Ebay, just a few quid for a bag full. The diode is placed in-line on the thin cable to the alternator and allows power to travel in one direction only, towards the alternator and not back the other way. 

1N5822 Diode
Here’s a little step by step guide:

Step 1 – Pull off the connector from the back of your alternator, strip back the black sleeving and you should see either one or two thicker cables, these take the charge back to the battery, and one thinner wire which is from the ignition warning light, it’s the thinner wire you want.

Step 2 – Cut the thinner wire, trim back enough to allow the diode to fit neatly in-line, solder the wire to diode and protect with some heat shrink tubing.

Diode Soldered in-line
Step 3 – Use harness or insulating tape to tidy up the cables and refit the plug to the back of the alternator.  

All back together
It’s not always easy by looking at the diode as to which way the current flows, so you can quite easily fit the diode the wrong way round. If you do this it won’t do any harm, but it will stop the ignition warning light from coming on, don’t ask me how I know this!

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