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No spark to the engine

In my 85' ranger i have changed motors with a 82', everything bolted up correctly but i am getting no spark, i have checked the distibutor cap and rotor and both seem to be working properly. I have also switched the spark plug wires and plugs but still no luck.

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It might be the coil.the coil is what sends the spark.it plugs in to the center of distriutor cap.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • edison771 Jan 20, 2009

    you can test the coil by removing the wire from the center of the distributor cap and testing it with a spark plug

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INTERFERENCE ENGINES WITH TIMING BELTS
ACURA
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1986-89 1.6L Integra
1991-95 1.7L Integra
1990-95 1.8L Integra
1986-89 2.5L Legend
1992-94 2.5L Vigor
1986-89 2.7L Legend
1990 2.7L Legend
1991-95 3.0L NSX
1991-95 3.2L Legend
AUDI
1970-93 All Except 1970-77
1.9L & 1970-73 1.8L
BMW
1987-95 2.5L 325I 525I
1994-95 4.0L 740I
CHRYSLER
1993-95 1.5L Colt
1987-88 1.5L Colt
1992-95 1.5L Eagle Summit
1987-88 1.6L Colt
1989-92 1.6L Eagle Summit
1994-98 2.0L Neon Stratus
1990-95 2.0L Eagle Talon
DAIHATSU
1988-92 1.0L Charade
1988-92 1.3L Charade
1990-92 1.6L Rocky
FIAT
1974-79 1.3L 128 Series
1979-82 1.5L Stranda
1974-78 1.6L 124 Series
1974-78 1.8L 124 Series
1974-78 1.8L 131 Series, Brava
1979-82 2.0L Brava, Spider
FORD
1981-85 1.6L Escort, EXP
1981-83 1.6L LN7, Lynx
1984-85 2.0L Escort, Tempo
1993-95 2.0L Probe
1986-88 2.0L Ranger
1984-87 2.0L Lynx, Topaz Diesel
1985 2.2L Ranger
1989-92 2.2L Probe
1986-88 2.3L Ranger
1986-87 2.3L Diesel Ranger
1991-98 4.6L Crown Victoria
GM
1986-95 1.0L Geo Metro
1989-91 1.0L Firefly (CANADA)
1985-88 1.5L Sunburst (CANADA)
1985-89 1.5L Spectrum
1990-93 1.6L Prizm, Storm
1981-84 1.8L Diesel (CANADA)
1982-86 1.8L Buick Skyhawk
1990-98 1.9L Saturn
1987-88 2.0L Buick Skyhawk
1988-95 2.3L Quad Four
1985-87 3.0L Buick
1979-95 3.8L Buick
HONDA
1986-87 1.0L Prelude
1973-78 1.2L All
1973-78 1.3L All
1980-84 1.3L All
1973-78 1.5L All
1985-89 1.5L Civic
1988-95 1.5L Civic, CRX
1993-95 1.5L Civic Del Sol
1979-84 1.5L All
1985-87 1.5L CRX
1993-95 1.6L Civic Del Sol
1973-78 1.6L All
1980-82 1.6L All
1988-95 1.6L Civic, CRX
1984-87 1.8L Prelude, Accord
1979-83 1.8L All
1986-91 2.0L Prelude
1990-91 2.1L Prelude
1990-95 2.2L Prelude, Accord
1992-95 2.2L Prelude
1995 2.7L Accord
HYUNDAI
1984-95 1.5L Excel Scoupe
1995-98 1.5L Accent
1992-95 1.6L Elantra
1993-95 1.8L Elantra
1992-95 2.0L Sonata
1989-91 2.4L Sonata
1990-95 3.0L Sonata
INFINITI
1990-92 3.0L M30
ISUZU
1987-89 1.5L I-Mark
1990-93 1.6L Stylus Impulse
1987-89 2.0L Impulse
1981-87 2.2L Diesel Truck
1986-95 2.3L Truck Trooper
1988-95 2.6L Truck Rodeo Amigo
1991-96 3.2L Trooper Rodeo Amigo
KIA
1995 2.0L Sportage
MAZDA
1984-85 2.0L 626
1988-92 2.2L 626 MX6
1989-93 2.2L Pickup
1988-95 3.0L 929 MPV
MITSUBISHI
1985-95 1.5L Mirage Precise
1990-92 1.6L Mirage
1989-95 2.0L Galant Eclipse
1983-86 2.3L Diesel Pickup
1994-95 2.4L Galant
NISSAN
1982 1.5L Centra
1983-88 1.6L Sentra Pulsar
1987-89 1.8L Pulsar
1982-89 2.0L Stanza 300ZX
1984-95 3.0L Maxima 300ZX Pathfinder
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1976-89 2.5L 944 Series
1989 2.7L 944 Series
1989-91 3.0L 944 Series
1976-83 4.5L 928
1984 4.7L 928
1985-91 5.0L 928
1992-95 5.4L 928
SUZUKI
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1989-94 1.3L Swift
TOYOTA
1986-95 1.5L Tercel
1981-83 2.2L Pickup
1984-87 2.4L Pickup
1982-88 2.8L Celica Cressida
1987-94 3.0L 4-Runner
VOLKSWAGEN
1976-91 All Except 1.9 2.1L Engine
1990-92 1.6L Golf (CANADA) Jetta
1990-95 2.0L GTI Jetta GLI Passat
VOLVO
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1986-94 2.3L 240 740 940

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