Starter motor is turning over but doesnt seem to be ignighting to start engine,no sprk getting to plugs ,have new ht leads and dist cap ,rotor arm is fine ,could it be the coil ?? lights and electricals seem ok
I was having the same problem. I found out my wiring to the coil was in bad shape. The wire from the starter to the coil was messed up. So I got my mechanic to come over and he by-passed it with a wire from the coil to the alternator, but you have to run back into the car start it then run back out and take of the wire, or simply just have two people. If that's not it..... then maybe new points or condenser or a new distributor cap? Just make sure you check out the simple things first, I made the mistake with buying new parts.
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Have you checked whether spark comes out of cap,but does not send to spark plugs? if so check HT leads.Check also if spark comes out of coil, If it comes then check the HT lead connected to coil if it sends spark to distributor cap. all these are related.
With ignition OFF, remove the dist cap , do not remove HT leads from cap or plugs just move to one side ,turn the crankshaft with a spanner on the crank pulley drive nut until the rotor arm is pointing directly towards the front of the vehicle, mark the position of the rotor on the distributor body with a dab of paint and also mark the position of the body on the engine block infront of the distrbutor,remove the distributor , i believe it's just 2 screws that clamp it in place ,transfer the mark from old dist to the new dist and aling the rotor to this mark, then fit the new dist to engine and aligne the marks from the new dist to the mark on the engine block and tighten down , refit the dist cap , to get an exact distributor timing you should now use a timing light to check the timing marks line up , if they are slightly out just very slowly turn the distributer until the marks are aligned , hope this is of help
the timing is 180 degrees out so ignore where no 1 lead should be and rewire the HT leads to the new position for no1 cylinder. The crank timing mark should be on 10 degrees advanced. Engines are timed off the crank position so forget the cam position.
Or you can start again. Remove no 1 plug and turn the engine over until you feel compression under your finger over the plug hole. Set the timing on the crank to 10 degrees before tdc. Position the distributor so that the point of the star is directly opposite the exciter coil in the distributor. The rotor button should now be facing no 1 cylinder plug lead adjust the HT leads so that they will fire in the 1342 firing order. Start the engine and with a timing light attached to no 1 plug lead adjust the timing mark to specifications by turning the body of the distributor.
if the starter is turning, but the motor isnt, its the starter failing to engage the flywheel. The rotation of the starter is supposed to force a gear forward to engage the flywheel, when that gear freezes up, the starter spins and the motor doesnt.you can try givinbg the starter a few sharp taps with a small hammer or wrench to see if it frees up
since youve said that al other checks were good then im lead to believe that the ignighter is bad usually you can find this under the dist.cap you will have to take the cap off remove the coil and this will give you access to the ignighter pull it up and out disconnect the wire harness and replace with a new one.
1/ Have you fitted the spark plug leads in the proper firing order.
2/ Look inside the top of distributor Top (this is not the first time a new distributer cap has very small crack) or the rotor arm is fitting the cap properly. Hope this helps Best Wishes, Malcolm Campbell.
Two things kill engines faster than anything 1) fuel 2 ) ignition
So 1) Fuel coming through line at good volumes and pressure? fuel pump and its electrical supply in good shape? In-line fuel filter not clogged? Does she fire if you squirt Easy Start (raw alcohol) in the throttle throat? Is the fuel fresh and not rancid stuff that has been sitting in a can for years? No disconnected hoses (crank case breather/relief pipe) to the inlet manifold to cause loss of vacuum?
and 2) Timing? leads in right order from dist cap? fuses all OK? can you see spark jumping from top of coil to HT lead when disconnected but brought up close? check that low tension wires are on the correct terminals.
Ignition coil or distributor cap. Not knowing the Avenger I couldn't tell you where to find either but follow the HT leads from your plugs and you should find them. If you aren't getting a spark on any plug then the perp is your ignition coil and it'll need replacing, if you're getting a spark on some then it's the dist cap, check the contacts and give them a clean and see what happens. F.Y.I. the dist cap is the first thing back up the line from your plugs with all the HT leads going in, and the ignition coil is after the dist cap.
anne, it sounds to me like dampness in the ignition process, if the engine is turning over at the turn of the key,then check the rubber ring seal inside your distributer cap(thats the coloured plastic cap with all the leads to the spark plugs) if its perished or showing signs of distortion,replace the whole cap. if its seems ok then try starting your engine at night or at least grey dark,open the bonnet and watch for sparks coming from any of the HT leads ( cable like things) that go to the spark plugs.If present either spray with "sparkseal"(short term solution) or replace the leads.Try this and if it doesn,t solve it , get in touch ok?