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Died and started once then won't start

I checked all the simple stuff like enough fuel, ect. I pulled a plug wire and got no spark while turning over. Could it be the coil pack or hopefully something a little cheaper? I pulled the coil pack and (whatever the silver piece is on the center) and the contacts were in good shape and there was still plenty of grease on them. I tested one of the leads and got a small amount of voltage with the key on. The car was driving fine and then just died and wouldn't start. We went out the next day to tow it, and it started up, drove for a while and after I shut it off wouldn't start again. HELP!

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  • slack106 Dec 22, 2008

    There is no spark at all, but when it was running, it was running just fine

  • slack106 Dec 22, 2008

    The battery and alternator are both good. I had the alternator tested about a month ago and bought a new battery for it at the same time

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Could be the crank shaft sensor. located just under the oil filter. Good idea to just change the oil. It is easier to get to the sensor that way.

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Are you sure that this is 1999?? because they dont use contact point anny more only the old model use it ......if you have contact point ignition start with the condenser ,then ck the coil terminals the sparks on the coil must be blue or amber .if low spark ,change the coil ,and replace the condenser

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Can you check the battery and alternator for me? If you can get it started Autozone will check both for you for free.

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  • machadojr_fe Dec 22, 2008


    To determine if its fuel or spark problem do below and comeback with some results this is where we start the diagnosis





    Get a carb cleaner and spray into the carb or the throttle body

    on an EFI. Did it start and die? If not disconnect a sparkplug wire or
    2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you
    have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem,
    check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure
    regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a
    noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the
    ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs,distributor pick-up
    coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors- Note: If it
    doesn't apply disregard it


  • machadojr_fe Dec 22, 2008

    I apologize you probably dont have a carb ignore that but still do the rest

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