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Engine cranks but doesn't start

The 94 Grand Am that won't start is getting gas however, I can't put an in line spark tester because there aren't any spark plug wires. How can I determine if there is spark with an engine that uses the ICI (ignition control module)?

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    The car just trurns over . We have checked the spark and it is good an you can smell that the car is flooding. Could the timeing be off?

  • lodown247 Mar 28, 2009

    Car tuens ove an has spark. And it smells like it is flooding could the timeing be off?

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Pull off the hat and lay it up on the wipers. Run plug wires from the coil adapter towers to the plugs. Run a ground wire to ground the hat. Check for spark with a spark tester one wire at a time. Don't get near it when you have a friend crank it, there is enough voltage in the ignition system of a 2.3 quad 4 to kill you. I'm not kidding, just be careful.

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