Points and Condensers

Points and Condensers

Points and condensers are no longer used in modern golf cart.  However, they were the industry standard for the ignition timing for many decades,  The points, or breaker points, as they are called are typically located behind the flywheel on your golf cart's engine.  The crankshaft protrudes behind the flywheel from the engine and is attached to an off centered lobe. Each time the lobe rotates with the crankshaft, it opens a set of points, which temporarily disconnects the circuit.  This on and off of the points circuit sends a to the condenser, which is basically a capacitor.  The condenser then sends the signal on to the spark plug through the ignition coil. 

Points and condensers have now been replaced by electronic ignition which uses a pulsar coil behind the flywheel, which sends a signal to the igniter, then to the ignition coil, and off to the spark plug.

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