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My daughters '85 Cabriolet has no spark.....

I cannot get any spark out of the coil. I have replaced the coil, wires, plugs, rotor & cap, and still no spark. The motor just turns but it's pretty much blah. Please help guys my daughter has taken over my truck.....

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Look for the relay for the ignition... either in the vehicle compartment or located on the fuse/relay panel in the engine compartment near the battery.

Robert

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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    Roberta Smith Dec 16, 2008

    just looking thru old questions.... you got your truck back ?



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