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Saturn 1996/ no spark

Posted question and got response that the problem may be with the crankshaft sensor. I can't find it or a schematic or diagram. Any help? Starter is fine, all fuses checked and fine, fuel is flowing but no spark in any of the plugs? Where would your money be: Coil, crankshaft sensor or somewhere else? Thank you for your time and help

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Have u run a trouble code test? the crank sensor will set a code.

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The crank sensor will not set a code. sensor is located on back side of engine block and is difficult to get to without a lift. my money is on the crankshaft sensor. let me know.

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