Doubling Distributor Hall Resolution

A stranger going by the handle of Red1600i was working on putting sequential fuel injection into his VW Beetle using a standard distributor with Hall sensor and an upgraded vane wheel to get accurate engine position and timing.

A+ for effort. (Both the photos are his.)

Turns out that his first attempt was by far too ambitious, with nearly 40 “teeth” machined into the vane wheel which is just 46  in diameter. Had he read a data sheet for a typical sensor and noted that the release distance between sensor and vane is just over 3 millimetres, he’d have ensured that the slots are at least 6 mm wide. Continue reading