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98 SL1 I pulled it into the garage and put it on the lift, I repaired the shift cable inside the car, manual transmission, and changed the oil. Now the car won't start. It doesn't appear to be getting spark. I don't have any test equiptment.

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  • semore Nov 09, 2008

    Car won't start, turns over it appears there is no spark.

  • semore Nov 10, 2008

    Car won't start, appears to be electrical problem. Doesn't have a distributor, I'm thinking the ignition module.

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Check out the ignition switch it must be faulty. also Check all of the battery terminals and cables and check the wires on the starter/selonoid, start from the battery and follow the cable out and check all conections , clean and tighten them and if it still does it the starter/selonoid is bad and needs replacement

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If it ran OK prior to working on it you might of pulled a wire from your ignition coil or something similar while you were changing oil. Also check fuses to see if something might of gotten grounded out while you were working as well. I always find a really intense flashlight helps find disconnected wires(even daylight hours). Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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    Lance McKinney Nov 09, 2008

    Check all the wires on your distributor cap especially the middle one. If it is even a little tweaked you car won't start. Good Luck!

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    Lance McKinney Nov 09, 2008

    Another thought, I have had fuel inertia switches disengage when a vehicle is coming down from a rough lift. This can happen when you vehicle is coming down from a verticle vehicle lift. It is rare but worth checking that inertia switch while you are at it. Hope you get your wheels running again, nothing more frustrating than "fixing" your ride and then it won't start!

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Check the wirings to and from the rotor, see if the rotors tips are stuck under the rotor cap.

Try also replacing the spark plugs, just in case.

Check ignition wirings and all wirings, more likely a problem with the rotor.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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Take the rubber boot off the gear shift inside the vehicle and lift it up, exposing the area where the gear shift and the transmission connect.
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