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PostPost by: SteveMaddison » Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:26 pm

The sunny UK weather reminded me to start the car and check it out for a drive this weekend. Anyhow the car will crank, but wont start. There is no spark at the plugs, I've checked the points and I had a spare coild/ baalast resistor which I swapped and still no joy. Can you please provide advise on what to check, in what order to get to the bottom of the problem?
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:19 am

Try running some sandpaper through the points. Might have some corrosion there. Could be corrosion in the cap, too.
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PostPost by: elansprint » Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:05 pm

Try disconnecting condensor if you get a spark this way replace condesor
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PostPost by: berni29 » Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:08 pm

Hi There

Probably best to look up an ignition fault finding guide on the net. In addition to the above though I would give a quick clean to the spade connections to the coil and solenoid etc.

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PostPost by: steveb1 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:25 pm

Have you checked the immobiliser switch in the glove box if still fitted. Could have been knocked on. Also start at the beginning, do you have power to the coil.
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PostPost by: SteveMaddison » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:45 pm

I've replaced the points, checked the distributor cap and checked connections. I do have power to the coil. I'll check the condensor next. I can't see a short anywhere, so I'm pinning my hopes on this.
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PostPost by: Hegg » Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:03 pm

I had a similar problem a few months ago and it turned out to be grounded points because the screw was a little too tight. I suspect you haven't opened up the cap in your sleep during the winter to tighten the points nut, but I was able to determine the issue with a multi-meter and checking resistance between each step of the connections.

Good luck, and I hope the good weather doesn't go to waste!
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