A round black cylinder located high on the passenger side firewall, clearly visible when viewing the engine compartment. About 6 inches long, maybe 3 inches in diameter, oriented horizontally, with a wiring harness connected to it with maybe 6 wires. What the heck is it?
It’s never broken so never did anything with it in all these years, but I’ve wondered for years what this gadgetis. It looks exactly like an ignition coil, and it placed high up like you would with an ignition coil to prevent water splashing on it and shorting it out.
But the Toyota shop manual for the car shows the ignition coil as part of the distributor ass’y, not as an external part.
I’m wondering if it is the “igniter”, but the shop manual says the igniter is also part of the distributor ass’y, not an external part.
If it is the igniter, what the heck does the igniter do in an electronic ignition? I’d call the spark plug the igniter, after all it is the spark plug that ignites the fuel/air mixture. Is what they call the " igniter" the same thing as the points in a conventional ignition system, powering the low voltage circuit of the ignition coil?
Anybody know what that thing is?