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1996 nissan altima cranks but will not start. no spark coming from coil

Checked for spark at coil center in distributor and no spark there. i have not checked for voltage at primary yet though

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SOURCE: engine shut off while driving, cranks over.

Hi, I had the same problem, no spark. I check coil it was good, check the injectors for pulse they are fine, I checked the four wire harnes conected to the distributor are fine, I check resistance at the power transistor in top of the air filter assembly and it was wrong, I just replaced the power transistor and the car is running good again.
I hope this help you.

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I would personnaly test the cam and crank sensors. If you are not getting spark, then your crank sensor is bad.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a 1996 nissan

Since you have access to another altima, I would suggest to have the power transistor tested/ignition coil. You may do the test in the link below. Normally when this fails you would notice jerking and stalling but no spark can also be a result.

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Another piece that could be an issue are the ground wires. Check if there is no loose ones or ones with bad wiring that need replacement. If you can have a scanner connected if any of the items did not fail. There may be error codes saved in the computer. Some shops would let you borrow their scanner.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011

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SOURCE: 1996 Nissan Altima. No start. Spark from coil to

Does the rotor turn? I would check that out. Take the cap off, have someone crank the engine and watch the rotor to see if it's turning. If it does then try a new cap and rotor. If it does not, I would suspect timing belt. Hope this helps, TJ

Posted on Aug 06, 2011

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your pick up coil or parts inside the distributor have failed you may have to check and replace some parts or maybe your whole distributor. sorry.

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