Symptoms of Bad or Failing Points & Condenser

The points and condenser system is normally found on older model vehicles, such as classic cars. The points and condenser system works with an electrical charge that is sent to an ignition coil, which was connected to the distributor cap. The condenser is attached to the system by breaker points. The condenser and distributor rotate so that the points open and close continuously. The current from the ignition flows through the contacts and sends the voltage to the spark plugs, which ignite the fuel. The condensers last around 20,000 miles, so they do need to be replaced from time to time as a normal service item. Here are some common symptoms that hint towards having failing points and condenser:

1. Vehicle not starting

If your vehicle will not start, it is possible there is a problem somewhere within the points and condenser. The ignition system can be a complicated system, especially to someone who has never worked with them before, so it is best to contact professional mechanic to diagnose and repair the problem. From there, the mechanics can replace the points and condenser system if needed, so you can have your vehicle up and running in no time.

2. Engine will not fire

When you try starting your vehicle, if the engine turns over but does not catch, this is a potential points and condenser problem. It is a good idea to check the battery and other common starting faults to rule out any obvious causes of your engine not firing. If the battery is fine, contact the professionals at YourMechanic to have them look at the points and condenser and diagnose the issue.

3. Engine runs rough

A failing points and condenser system can cause rough running, misfires, lean and rich conditions. If the engine is difficult to start, and runs rough once it does start, then it is time to contact a mechanic to have a look at the system and find out exactly what the problem is. It is better to have it replaced now than when you are in an emergency situation and your vehicle will not start.

If your vehicle runs rough, the engine will not fire, or the vehicle will not start at all, it may the points and condenser system that is the issue. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your points and condenser easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic’s qualified technicians are also available for any questions that may arise.


Next Step

Schedule Starting And Charging Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Starting And Charging Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Starting And Charging Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(4)

Rating Summary
4
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0

Anderson

27 years of experience
91 reviews
Anderson
27 years of experience
Nissan Sentra L4-1.6L - Starting And Charging Inspection - Middle Village, New York
Anderson was very friendly and professional

Joseph

20 years of experience
640 reviews
Joseph
20 years of experience
Chevrolet Camaro L4-2.0L Turbo - Starting And Charging Inspection - Salt Lake City, Utah
Friendly, thorough , and most importantly (to me) was not dismissive or condescending. My cursory knowledge of some Chevrolet's interesting design choices with the Camaro, coupled with Joe's experience and perseverance is how we both found upon the problem. Highly recommended.

Matthew

33 years of experience
1210 reviews
Matthew
33 years of experience
Honda Accord L4-2.3L - Starting And Charging - Hampton, Virginia
Matthew was very polite and informative. I would recommend him to my friends

Greg

22 years of experience
333 reviews
Greg
22 years of experience
Infiniti G35 V6-3.5L - Starting And Charging Inspection - Tempe, Arizona
Great experience

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel
When your steering wheel (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/3-essential-things-to-know-about-steering-wheels-and-covers) locks it is usually at the worst time. The good news is that it is an easy fix....
How to Replace an Ignition Relay
Common signs of a damaged or broken ignition relay include a low/dead battery, the car stalling or not starting, or loss of power to the dash lights.
How to Replace an Ignition Ignitor
The ignition ignitor sends a signal to supply power and start the engine. A common sign of failure is a disruption in the engine's starting process.

Related questions

How do Keyless Push-Button Start Systems Work?
Keyless push-button starting systems (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-a-keyless-push-button-ignition-works) are advanced electronic systems that utilize wireless and wired communications to communicate passive anti-theft information and engine starting permissions between several control modules (computers). The first item in these systems are the keys, which are...
Car stalled and now won't start
The first two codes point to the bank 2 sensor 2 and could be a problem with the wiring to the sensor or the catalyst is broken up and clogged the exhaust. The last code P0402 is for the EGR...
Car not starting in temperatures over 80 degrees
Hi there. This can be a common issue that vehicles encounter when the temperature outside is warm or if there is a sticky starter solenoid. The solenoid will stick even if sufficient current is applied to its switch. I'd suggest...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com