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1978 olds cutlass will not start

No spark at number one plug when cranking engine, changed cap and rotor. Need troubleshooting advise.

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  • ebreit67 Jan 26, 2009

    Haven't tried swapping plug wires yet, but I would figure that the car would start if one plug wire was bad? There is a module attached to the distributor, but I don't know if it can be checked while in the car? Another possibilty is the coil. Just don't want to be throughing parts into it.

  • ebreit67 Jan 26, 2009

    I will have to go through it again tomorrow. It's my brother in-laws car and I don't have it at my house. The car does not start at all, so I don't even know yet if it is missing. Just trying to get some idea's so I can start on it fresh tomorrow. Thanks for the info, if you have anymore tips send them my way.

  • ebreit67 Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks for the help, I'll see how it goes tomorrow.

  • ebreit67 Jan 26, 2009

    When you say pick-up do you mean the coil on top of the cap? It was going to be my next part to replace. I just don't want to be changing parts out and not having it solve the problem. Kragens say's they can't check it so I guess it might be the next move. Thanks

  • ebreit67 Jan 26, 2009

    Just tried replacing the coil and module, still no luck. Anyone have any more ideas?

  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    if you need help let me know

  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    ok the car should start with 1 or 2 leads not working it will just missfire try and start it first

  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    try swaping no 1 lead over with another and check spark is engine running


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Put in a new pick up in the distibutor

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  • edward archer Jan 26, 2009

    put a new module on the side of the distributor.


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