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90 Subaru Legacy with no spark

90 Sub Legacy 2.2l that won't start. I checked the timing, replaced the ignition module, crank angle sensor, camshaft sensor, and had the coilpack tested at Autozone (tested within specs). Still no spark at all. Can anyone help?

It turns over just fine, and has a strong battery.

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  • darrinnm Jan 20, 2009

    There is fuel. I bought brand new plugs. I use the old-fashioned method of testing for spark... take one out, hook it to the plug wire, turn it over and watch for spark..... There just is no spark at all. Any ideas?

  • Dave5300 May 18, 2009

    I have the same problem, where are the ignition fuses?

  • Eric Murphy
    Eric Murphy May 11, 2010

    have you checked for fuel supply or the plugs

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Have you checked the ignition fuses, or checked for power to your ignition module? You have everything else covered! I hope these ideas will get you running. Best wishes.

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