is Robb's igniter. There are several brands
you'll encounter. This one was made by OKI. TEC and NEC are two others.
cover appears to be glued on. Honda igniters are filled with this
thick, greenish, very sticky, almost Jello-like substance. Robb removed
the gel before taking this picture.
I think that gel is there for the dual purposes of heat dissipation and corrosion protection.
this is what Robb found under the gel.
Unfortunately, having no idea what lay under that jellied gunk, Robb cleaned the goop off with a Q-Tip. See those tiny wires connecting the little silver pads to the circuit board? The Q-Tip broke most of them. With 20-20 hindsight, it would have probably been better to spray the assembly with non-chlorinated brake cleaner to get the goop off.
Notice how much different Robb's igniter is from Grahame's. Grahame's has no little wires and no pads.
However, Robb discovered that one of those wires, along with its pad, was actually separated from the circuit board (see the yellow arrows). His Q-Tip probing had simply pushed the wire and pad off to one side.
In this photo, Robb has turned the pad over, so you can see the underside, where it had been connecting with its trace on the circuit board. There appears to be evidence of arcing or some sort of oxidation on the pad. It would appear that the pad was not physically connected to the circuit board, but was conducting through arcing only. Eventually either the pad moved sufficiently far away from its circuit board connection, or oxidation bult up to the point that current could not flow reliably, stalling Robb's car.