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Old 07-15-2002, 11:16 AM
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I have an 81 Monte that has been in storage this winter, It ran fine the last time I started it. Now there isn't any spark to the plugs. Is it possible that a bad altenator can keep power from going to the distributor?

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Old 07-15-2002, 01:26 PM
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how far back did you trace the ignition system? Did you check just at the plugs, or did you try at the coil? I would check from the coil to the distributor to see if there is any spark. If there is then maybe something is wrong inside the distributor. Or if there isn't maybe there's a problem before the coil. Does your car have a ballast resistor on it? This could be one cause.

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Al here with in beautiful downtown Galt, CA.

Let see, Ran before it went into storage, won't run now. Got mice???

Seriously I see this alot.

First be sure you do not have any spark. Hook up a timing light to one of the plug wires and have someone crank the engine while you pull the trigger on the light and look at it. No flash means NO spark. If it flashes you are getting some spark.

Check (using a test light) the Ignition wire at the Distributer Cap. Got juice?? Yes go to 2. No go to 1.

1). Check the wiring from the ignition switch to the fuse panel. Should be a pink wire. And from the fuse panel to the Distributor Cap. No juice?? Look closely at the wiring. Got Mice??

2) Remove the Distributor Cap and Check the rotor, if it looks like its shorted through to the distributor shaft replace it. Still no spart have the coil tested. Coil's ok. Have the ignition modual tested.

Usually when it ran before storage and now won't due to no spark I find that a little critter dined on the wiring.

When a GM HEI is running one minute and not the next or dies an unexpectedd death while going down the highway I usually find the rotor is shorted through.


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