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Ignition/Starting

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What happens when the Ignition Switch is closed? Current flows from the battery through the primary winding of the coil and the breaker points to the ground
What happens when the cam opens the breaker points? The current in the primary abruptly stops working.
Why is a compactor connected in parallel with the breaker points? So that as they begin to open and the resistance starts to build up, electrons follow an easier path
If you lose your battery/alternator in flight, will your engine stop working? Engine can still fire even with the battery and master switches off, if the magnetos are left on and the prop is moved because no outside electrical power is required
How do you to reduce the load on the battery in the event of an alternator failure? In the event of an alternator failure, you may have to reduce the load on the battery by pulling certain non – essential circuit breakers
What's voltage regulator? Controls the rate of charge to the battery by stabilizing generator/alternator electrical output
What are the parts of the ignition system? Magnetos, Spark Plugs, Interconnecting wires and Ignition Switch
What are the functions of oil in a reciprocating engine? Lubricates, Cleans, Seals, Cools and Protects
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