has anyone ever had a problem that turned out to be the coil? it seems to be the consensus here that it's never the coil. since my moped left me stranded in toronto i took the points off, filed them real good, made sure there was voltage coming from the magneto and set the timing bang-on with a volt meter. I put it together and there was a kick-butt spark at first, but then i put the plug in and ran it and it ran like garbage. i checked the spark again and it sucked this time. then i tried switching to a brand new plug, no difference and now the spark is almost nonexistent. The condenser is new but it's a lawn mower one and the points seem to work fine based on checking them with the volt meter so what else could be wrong? the wiring is fine, there's no kill switch or anything just an ignition wire going straight to the coil. anyhow i did order new points and a condenser for this moped specifically as those parts are available. the coil is a lot harder to come by so i would have make whatever i get my hands on fit. my friend said when i described the symptoms, the first thing he said was a weak coil. i didn't believe him at first but now it seems like it's the only thing left to fix. what usually happens when a coil is bad. would the moped be running fine one day and then all of a sudden crap out on you?