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1986 Nissan Maxima

Car won't start. No spark. Changed coil, rotor and distributor cap. Checked ohmes on spark plug wires, all good. Car has run like a fine tuned watch for 23 years!!

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  • nowakepc Jan 15, 2009

    It was the ignition module. It was corroded and didn't olm correct. Fixed it before reading your solution but thanks.

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It can be a few things, first check your timing belt. If your timing belt is fine, check to see if your car has a voltage regulator of some sort and make sure it is functioning. If that is ok than you'll want to think about changing the ECM. Good luck!

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Reason for no spark would be ...

Bad crankshaft position sensor or distributor pickup (Sends pulse signal to ignition module and/or PCM that is necessary to trigger the ignition coil(s)).
Bad ignition module (controls firing of ignition coil(s), may have anintermittent open in circuitry that causes loss of spark, hard startingor sudden stalling, usually when hot)
Bad ignition coil(s). Ignition coil creates high voltage to fire thespark plugs. On engines with a distributor, a bad coil will preventspark at all the spark plugs. On engines with a distributorlessignition system or coil-on-plug ignition, a bad coil will only affectone or two cylinders depending on the application. This may make theengine hard to start, but it will run on the remaining cylinders thatare firing.
Cracks or carbon tracks inside distributor cap or on rotor (allows spark to short to ground before it reaches the spark plugs).
Bad spark plug wires (if wet, cracked, burned or internal resistanceexceeds specifications, can interfere with good spark and make enginehard to start).
Fouled spark plugs (if the electrodes are contaminated with deposits,spark may short to ground before jumping gap causing misfires. Can makeengine hard to start and run poorly. If plugs are wet when removed, itmeans they are not firing or engine is flooded).

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Check out the ignition switch and ignition module.also check the fuel pump.

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