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Test the coil, or try a known good one. Beyond that, a weak spark (like orange) or no spark means an ignition system failure- ignition module (can also be tested at a parts store), Crank Position Sensor, Cam Position Sensor, poor ecm performance, bad pllug wires. Check the easy stuff first-coil,, ignition module, wires.

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