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Can a bad distributor make your car not start

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Failed components within the distributor,yes
No need to replace it
Just diagnose what failed & replace that component

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Crank no start think it's a short to ground


Ok. What's your question?

Short to ground is pretty far down the list of likely causes. More likely not getting fuel (bad pump, clogged filter, empty tank), not getting spark (bad distributor, bad cap, bad rotor, too much moisture, bad ECU, bad coolant temp sensor, and others), or the timing is off (broken timing belt, distributor is rotated).

It's possible that it's a ground issue, but I'd start with the other things first.

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Check your distributor, particularly the cap and the wire that goes into the center of the distributor cap. Could be a loose/bad wire or a bad distributor.

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Bad distributor..... causes could be if you had water pump problems before and water leaked behind pump onto distributor it will fry..always replace distributor when water pump goes

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Wont start no spark


If your engine cranks normally but will not start because it has no spark, or it stalls and won't restart because it has no spark, the problem may be due to any of the following:

A bad pickup inside the distributor (on engines that have a distributor), a stripped distributor drive gear (common problem with plastic distributor drive gears), broken, loose or corroded wires from the pickup to the ignition module orPCM.

A bad crankshaft position (CKP) sensor (on engines that do not have a distributor), or broken, loose or corroded wires from the sensor to the PCM.

A bad ignition module (on engines that have a distributor or use an ignition module separate from the PCM)

A bad ignition coil (on engines that have a distributor and a single coil)

A bad rotor or distributor cap (cracks or carbon tracks that are allowing the spark to short to ground)

Faulty ignition switch.

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Camry overheated and won't start later


with your specs about the plugs / check leads and distributor cap or distributor unit

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I have 1991 mpv v6 3.0 engine. It will not start. I changed the ignition coil and the igniter coil. what else could cause no spark?


Several things, actually. There could be no battery power at the distributor due to a blown fuse or a bad main relay. You could have a bad distributor cap, bad rotor, bad ignition cable between the coil and the distributor cap, a bad Engine Control Unit, a bad distributor pick-up coil, or any of the wiring in-between. (see schematic)


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Am not getting spark in my 1991 olds cutlass ciera. what could it be? for a week it would start sometimes, and the next time it won't start again. now it won't start at all. checked a plug...


have you checked the distributor cap and rotor because the spark has to come from these two things first and should be replaced when they get bad so please make sure when you check the distributor cap that you use a permanant black marker on the side of distributor cap and where it was placed at so you know the same place you took it off. If you take off the distributor cap and it shows the connections inside showing black on them that this is your problem and all distributors get bad because they become worned out by the rotor inside wear. If the distributor and cap are clean or do not have any black stuff on them that it could be the coil that went bad too so its a trouble shotting by looking at first the distributor cap and rotor. If you know how to use a multimeter and have one handy that you can check how much voltages is coming through the spark plug wires.

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Check the classic symtoms here, first make sure the engine is getting fuel and spark. Make sure your distributor module is not bad, it is located inside your distributor. Next make sure your coil pak is not faulty. Also look at your ignition relays to make sure they are not blown. Also check ignition fuses. If all these tests prove ok and you have a distributor instead of a coil pak then check the wires to the module inside the distributor for slight wear marks on them that sometimes happens when the wires rub on the metal turning shaft in the distributor cap.

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