No spark; car in storage for winter; did winterize; stored inside, no heat. Battery good; car will turn over but not getting any spark.

Asked by TwoWildCats Jul 01, 2019 at 08:07 AM about the 1980 MG MGB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1980 MGB; in-door storage for winter; gas stabilizer was used; battery is good;
car turns over but doesn't appear to be getting a spark.

4 Answers


Check for battery power at the positive side of the coil, if you have power then I would just replace the points and condenser right off, then see if you have spark. If you don't have any power to the coil then start looking for a blown fuse or even a bad ignition switch.

Car has electronic ignition, so no points. Car does turn over, so assuming ignition switch is okay. Will check power to coil later today when I get home. Thank you for the response.


Ok electronic ignition, there you can also check for a trigger signal from the ignition module, just hook up a test light to the negative side of the coil and a positive power supply and see if the light flashes when the engine is cranked, if it flashes then the module and pickup are functioning properly, if no flash then I would replace the ignition module and pickup as a set so you know both are new. But still verify that you have coil power first. Now if you have both power to the coil and trigger signal on the negative side and still no spark it's a bad ignition coil.

Sorry for the delay. We installed a new key switch and ignition switch ( it didn't feel right when turning on, thought it might be bad). Car runs as long as we hold the ignition key in the start positiion. As soon as key is released, car shuts off.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used MGB in your area?

CarGurus has 1 nationwide MGB listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

MG MGB Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealers


Related Models For Sale

Used Jaguar XJ-Series
6 Great Deals out of 80 listings starting at $7,991
Used Chevrolet Corvette
8 Great Deals out of 295 listings starting at $8,599
Used Lincoln Continental
34 listings starting at $36,900
Used Ford Mustang
27 Great Deals out of 1,454 listings starting at $3,950

Used Cars for Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.