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94 mazda protege

My car was running til it stalled on me twice. we changed the ignition wires, spark plugs, & rotor cap. now it won't even start. pls help. what could the prob be.

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  • gam361 Nov 13, 2008

    I checked my ignition coil (module?) and it was not getting spark what so ever, even swapped in a different coil. I am not sure what else to look for.

  • frostwireguy
    frostwireguy May 11, 2010

    clogged up air filter.. fuel filter... bad ignition module.. bad distributor... or it's just jealous of the Ford? j/k... after changing the items are you getting spark now?

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1994 mazda protege dohc was spitting and sputtering, leaking gas at filler neck when stpped. if it had under at half tank of gas did not leak and ran fine, then it started spitting under a half tank and would not move and now wont start. checked fuel filter sparkplugs wires.

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Try buying new points (yes there called points) gap them then install them, they go under the distributor cap, by the condenser, also, the sparkplug wires go in a certin order so if your not sure call an michanics shop and tell them what kind of car you have and they'll tell you what order they should go in. also did you gap the spark plugs??

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