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Old 06-01-2003, 08:12 AM
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Question 87 camaro no spark,

Hi, new member here
I have an '87 Chevy Camaro 2.8, and have done alot of searching of this site found a few helpful posts. I'm not getting any spark at the disributor, have replaced coil, ignition module, cap is good, tested plugins to module -one tests live with key on, other plugin does not, dont know if this is normal. Not very knowledgeable about electrical. Basically the engine cranks but has no spark and wont turn over. The attendant at Auto Zone suggested it might be the distributor if not the cap. Like I stated the cap looks good. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It is possible that I did't search thouroughly enough, if you can guide me to any related info that would be very much appreciated too. I'm thinking knock sensor? Any way to test this theory without buying the part first?

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Old 06-01-2003, 09:04 AM
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Is the distributor spinning when you crank the engine? Pull the cap and see if the rotor is turning. If it is then it's elecrical if it's not it could be mechanical. You didn't say how many miles are on the car or what happened before it went dead. Could be a bad cam shaft.

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Thanks for the reply, the car has 145,836 miles on it and I've owned it for 6 years. Never had a problem with it, went to the store everything was fine came out with the grocieries and it wouldn't start. Had to have it towed home To answer your other question yes the rotor is turning.
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when u say its not gettin spark @ the distributor do u meen coming out of it ? like from a spakplug wire or did u check to see if it is getting any fire out of the coil itself too?
if u r getting fire out of the coil and not the distributor put a rotor on it if its not getting fire from the coil my guess would be either u got a bad module (just because one got a new module does not meen its good) or it could be the pickup coil inside the distributor. never hurts to check all the fuses too

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I think HalfOunce is on the right track. I would suspect the ignition module or pick-up. They are both known to go bad with no warning and get the same results, sore feet. :p A good repair manual will tell you how to check the pick-up to see if it is working. I don't really think anyone has a good way to check the module. I have replaced several with bad ones from the part stores, and wondered why they didn't work.
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