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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:27 pm 
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Hello Teamswift,
thanks for all the good advice for tuning up these cars.

I have a problem I can't quite figure out.

Any help is much appreciated.
First, some back ground information. the car was operating just fine and then at a traffic light I go to take out the clutch and then she suddenly dies.
after many hours of tinkering I determine that I'm not getting any spark to the spark plug. I connected a timing gun on each wire to confirm I wasn't getting any spark to anythinG.
I also turn the ignition all the way on and checked the primary coil to see if I was getting 12 volts. I didn't have any voltage across the plus and minus on the coil. I took the coil out and check it with a multimeter and confirmed it's ok.

I also checked the 20 amp fuse in the fuse panel and that looks fine. any ideas on what else I can check?

thanks for the love.

thanks again for your help.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:09 am 
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Is the cam turning? Check to make sure thr timing belt didnt break.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:51 pm 
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Yes, I have recently replaced the belt. After cranking the starter I have also checked to make sure the rotor is turning as well.

I do know when I put a meter on the coil with the ignition on, there is zero volts across the + and - terminals on the coil.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:00 pm 
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Does tue fuel pump prime when you turn the key on, and after you crank it does it turn on again?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:36 pm 
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Good question. I never checked that, how do I confirm that baby is priming?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:46 pm 
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You should be able to hear it, most importantly it should prime again right after it stops cranking. It means that the dist is sending the signal that the engine is cranking over.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:30 pm 
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Oh okay, I will try that. I figured for a 1986 the fuel pump would be mechanical opposed to electrical.

Thanks for you help thus far, stay tuned...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:43 am 
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where on van island are you?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:54 am 
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86? :shock:
Ignore all coments, i cant help you, never have i touched one of those cars.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:25 pm 
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Okay thanks for clarifying. The fuel pump is mechanical so no noise from that thing.

But I did confirm my initial logic is wrong. I thought when you turn the key for the ignition there would be 12 volts at the coil. There is not and that is okay. But I did turn over the engine with the starter with the timing gun on the plug #1 wire. I never got a strobe light from the gun so I figure I am not getting spark.

I ohm tested the coil and that checked out. I also checked the 20 amp fuse and that looks okay. Not sure what to check next. Any help is much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:35 pm 
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By any chance do you have pictures of the car, engine bay in particular.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:28 pm 
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Oh man, yes she is a 1986 version, with a 5 speed manual. sorry about forgetting that detail. :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:53 pm 
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I'm on a mission from God to get my sprint up and running. Once I get this baby up and running I'll let you all know what was wrong with it. I checked out the Haynes manual through the library so hopefully that will shed some light on my little beauty.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:01 pm 
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I'm on a mission from God to get my sprint up and running. Once I get this baby up and running I'll let you all know what was wrong with it. I checked out the Haynes manual through the library so hopefully that will shed some light on my little beauty.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:09 pm 
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Hello all,
Through all my troubleshooting I am thinking the following two components can be why I am not getting any spark to the plugs:
1. The ignition control module is bad?
2. The distributor pickup coil is bad?

Does anyone know how to test either one of those components to determine if they are toast?

Your help is much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:02 pm 
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Eureka, the little pony rides again!

Changed the ignition control module and she fired right up.

thanks for your help and feedback!


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