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Took off from stop in my chevy k1500 4x4 5.7l 1998 and it just died . i have changed wires rotorand cap ,coil . i have spark from the coil no spark to the plug wires. am i missing something in the distributer ?????????

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    ive changed spark plugs wires distributer cap roter button tps coil timming chain



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Replace the ignition modulator inside the distributer. costs about $20 @ local auto zone! just had the same problem.

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