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I have a problem with my 1984 Mini Mayfair. The points keep closing up, and even when I reset them, it just happens again. I use the car daily, and have suffered six breakdowns in just three weeks! I’ve had the points, condenser, rotor arm, dizzy cap everything replaced but still it persists. Please can someone help
me? What is the simplest way to solve this re-occurring problem? I’m fairly new to Minis but need to get this sorted. Alex
It is down to one of three things. The most likely is that the points you are using are just of poor quality. This is an alltoo-common problem these days, as the quality of ignition components on the market has really suffered in recent years. It could be the condenser breaking down causing the points to overheat and melt the heal part of the points set that runs on the cam – that’s where the poor quality comes in. Or it could be that the lubricating pad is not doing so, or is not even present.
Ultimately, the best solution is to change to an electronic (transistorised switch) replacement kit that does away with the points and condenser, and so all the problems they cause when defective in any way. They vary in price from £50-£85 a kit. That’s a fair bit more than a set of points and condenser, but they will last much longer and are reliable enough not to leave you stranded somewhere. Options include the Ez-fit kit from H&H Ignition solutions, as well as versions from Aldon, Pertronix and Lumenition.
“Poor quality is an all-too-common problem these days, as the quality of ignition components has really suffered”