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Distributor not firing

How to check coil, could be bad

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You can test the coil with a multi test meter to check ohms but you will need a book to see what the rates are,but ive seen the ignition module in the distributor go bad on plenty of Chevys,that would be my second choice to try because its not as easy as checking a coil

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