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Car won't start - it is getting fuel

Tried to see if spark getting to distributor, but I don't see a coil wire. then, while a friend ''helped'' it looks like he pulled a wire from the starter, because there is a disconnected wire - and now it won't turn over at all.

Three questions - where does the wire go into the starter (I didn't see him pull it out); where is the coil wire (or else how can I find out if the distributor is working right), and third, what else should I check?


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Small prong on side of starter, pull the spark plug wire off to check for fire

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