The starting circuit consists of your battery, ignition switch, starter solenoid, and starter. Your ignition switch is a rotary switch that when turned to one of its 3 positions connects and disconnects certain contact terminals located on its backside. In the “start” position, it connects the Battery, Ignition, Rectifier, Accessory, and Start Terminals.
Measuring resistance can indicate the health of a component. For example we can determine if an ignition coil is healthy or not by measuring the resistance of its windings. To measure resistance, set your meter to Ω ohms resistance. If you need to select a range, select the smallest range normally 200 ohms. Place the red probe onto one of the small terminals of the ignition coil, and the black one on the remaining small terminal. Your resistance will then display. A normal ignition coil should read about 3.5 to 4 ohms. If your meter reads a much higher resistance it means your ignition coil may have a short and is faulty.
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Think of voltage as electrical pressure; amperage as the volume of electricity flowing; and resistance as electrical friction that resists current. Direct Current or DC is electricity flowing from a battery. Alternating Current is electricity flowing from an alternating power source such as a stator.