Ford Escort/Lynx 1981-1990 Repair Guide



All vehicles covered by this guide are equipped with some type of electronic ignition system. Such ignition systems eliminate the deterioration of spark quality associated with older breaker point type ignition systems, as the breaker points wore. Electronic ignition also extends maintenance intervals, while providing a more intense and reliable spark at every firing impulse, in order to ignite the leaner gas mixtures necessary to control emissions.

The breaker points, point actuating cam and condenser have been eliminated in the solid state distributor. They are replaced by an ignition module and magnetic pulse-signal generator (pick-up).

Your vehicle may be equipped with either of the following ignition systems, depending on the year and engine combination:

1981-82 1.3L and 1.6L engines: Dura Spark II Ignition System
1982-85 1.6L Non-EFI and 1986 1.9L Non-EFI engines: Thick Film Ignition I (TFI-I) System
1983-90 1.6L EFI and 1.9L EFI engines: Thick Film Ignition IV (TFI-IV) System

Refer to the appropriate portion of this section for your particular electronic ignition system.