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No ignition fire

I just replaced the engine in an 1988 camary that someone else removed i cant get it to start i have replaced the following ecm,dist. 3 times,igniter,ignition switch pluugs,wires 2 times,cap&rotor3 times some times when i stop cranking it will fire on my spark tester one time only then nothing

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  • David Melrose May 11, 2010

    You didn't mention the coil. Did that check out okay? I think this model has an igniter and a coil.



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The wiring harness routing is critical on this car.  Any incorrect routing, and a short can easily develop.  If you took some photos before, and as you did the work - perhaps you can check the routing. The route of the main harness behind the Throttle body and each cylinder's main intake port - is critical.  I've owned a 1988 Camry since new.  Pulled the engine out and replaced the timing belt several times. (Just found it easier.)  Once, I got the harness routed just a little bit wrong, then the car drove for a few miles and quit.  Turned out to be a little rub spot had shorted a wire - killing the fuel pump.  Just a tiny spot - took a long time to find...  Before throwing more parts at the car - check carefully and very slowly for any open rub spots in the harness.  If you have a source - verify wire routing...  Good luck.

FYI: The Coil in the 1988 Camry is located in the distributor.  It is easily checked with an ohm meter.  Generally, doesn't go out.

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