Miller Legend P218G crank but no start
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    Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Afternoon guys, n00b here. I have a Miller Legend P218G, owned it since it was new in '93. Ran all these years just fine with regular maintenance. Tried to start it the other day and will crank but won't start. Also noticed the solenoid #106-977 isn't engaging like it usually does. Disconnected the solenoid and applied power and it is operational. No spark either. Before I go in does anyone have a suggestion?

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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Have done a resistance test on the coil. Across the "+" and "-" terminals and across the spark plug terminals and all appear to be within specified range. Hoping for some input so I can avoid throwing parts at this nice machine.

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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    If it is the solenoid I'm thinking about, that is just to switch between idle and welding speed. That's not the issue

    No spark is an ignition problem. If your coil tests good, your condenser could be bad. Or one of the fuses. Also, clean the connections on your battery terminals.

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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Quote Originally Posted by rlitman View Post
    If it is the solenoid I'm thinking about, that is just to switch between idle and welding speed. That's not the issue

    No spark is an ignition problem. If your coil tests good, your condenser could be bad. Or one of the fuses. Also, clean the connections on your battery terminals.
    Thanks will check out the condenser and it needs a new battery anyway.

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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Check out this thread on the subject - for one.
    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...gnition+module
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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Quote Originally Posted by rlitman View Post
    If it is the solenoid I'm thinking about, that is just to switch between idle and welding speed. That's not the issue

    No spark is an ignition problem. If your coil tests good, your condenser could be bad. Or one of the fuses. Also, clean the connections on your battery terminals.
    The reason I mentioned the welding solenoid is that is usually engages when the start switch is in the on position then it returns to normal idle after a short while. The solenoid is not engaging upon initial start switch in the "on" position. I am wondering if the two are somehow connected. Maybe through the start switch. Thanks for chiming in!

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    Miiller Legend P218G starts and runs great!

    Thanks for all who posted solutions for my Legend. Checked all electrical and seemed OK. Installed new battery and cranked it up and it runs great.

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    Re: Miller Legend P218G crank but no start

    Great news. Thanks for reporting back.
    MM200 w/Spoolmatic 1
    Syncrowave 180SD
    Bobcat 225G Plus - LP/NG
    MUTT Suitcase Wirefeeder
    WC-1S/Spoolmatic 1
    HF-251D-1
    PakMaster 100XL
    '68 Red Face Code #6633 project
    Star Jet 21-110

    Save Second Base!

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