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96 gmc 4.3 engine getting 10volts out of coil with ignition switch on. Is this correct. Plugged in spark plug not firing

What should the voltage be? new ignition control module, heat sink, and coil. Has HVS distributor

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  • dkjarrell Oct 28, 2012

    Does something else have to tell the coil to put out high voltage. There are 3 wires. I think it should be putting out about 30,000 volts.

  • Ricky Peters
    Ricky Peters Oct 29, 2012

    The pickup coil.

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  • Cars & Trucks Master
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Have you replace the ignition pickup inside the distributor .

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

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  • dkjarrell Oct 25, 2012

    Yes couple of yearsb ago. Now I am not getting any firing before it gets to the distributor. I took out a spark plug used the wire ,one end on the spark plug and the other in the output side of the coil. Ignition on and touched the base to ground. No spark at all.

  • Ricky Peters
    Ricky Peters Oct 25, 2012

    Do you have a rpm count when you turn the engine over?

  • Ricky Peters
    Ricky Peters Oct 25, 2012

    If do not see any rpm's on the tachometer then the crank sensor is bad if you do have rpm's showing then i would think the cam position is faulty.

  • dkjarrell Oct 28, 2012

    Engine turns over good. There are no rpm's on tach. Would this make coil to not fire? I have about 1/2 of the crankshaft wheel showing above the crankcase sensor throught het sensor timing cover. Does it need more than that?Had to pull the crankcase count wheel to check timing chain. Was not running before that. Could I have put the counter wheel too far back on the shaft?

  • Ricky Peters
    Ricky Peters Oct 29, 2012

    The pickup coil inside the distributor sends a signal to the computer to fire the coil or coils it could be bad .As for the balancer its goes back on the cranshaft until it bottoms out or until it will not go any further.

  • dkjarrell Oct 29, 2012

    So that is how it works.Thanks for the valuable info. I think you have solved the problem.I am looking at it different now.

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Hi, common thing with the mazda was the coil or the ignition amplifier going faulty, both of which are located within the distributor, the coil ususally gives the symptoms you describe, a weak spark. The coil is the most common failure aswell for your vehicle i would recommend a new one, also make sure distributor is spinning as it could just be a case of a broken timing belt.

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You are jumping to conclusions. Slow down.
No spark AND no injector pulse indicates none of the desired outputs were triggered. The ignition module makes spark when it receives a crankshaft position sensor signal, and then transfers control of that spark to the computer after it starts. The module takes its crank sensor signal and generates an RPM count that it forwards to the PCM(main computer) which is used for triggering the injectors and controlling timing. SO, if you had a bad crank sensor OR a bad ignition module, you could lose both spark AND fuel. a coil would not disable injector pulse. modules RARELY fail in a manner that disables RPM reference to the computer causing it to not fire the injectors...At this point, I would TEST the crank sensor as the next step. If its easier, 1 of the wires on the module goes directly there so you can test the crank sensor at the module.

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You can change pick-up coil, you need to remove distributor (mark where rotor is pointing first) Then you need to remove pin in cam gear on end of shaft to remove gear so you can remove shaft from housing. Then you can replace pick-up coil. Install in reverse. Note when removing distributor rotor will move to the right as you lift distributor out, move rotor to right of mark you made when installing distributor back in.

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