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Won't start, weak spark, maybe fuel as well?

Hi, its a 1985 charade 3cly. It just died one day and now it won't start. It seems to have weak spark and maybe a fuel issue. i have by passed the ballest resitor to little or no differance, and when i tryed a couple of spare coils i have (msd blaster) they wouldn't spark at all! would the no spark from the sfter maket coils be because there for electronic ingnition and the charade is points? Thanks for any help you can give :)

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    is the timing belt ok, not jumped time?



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Are you sure you have a ballest resistor ?
if it is the condensor you disconnected then you just took the storage unit for the piont duration out the circut and this would make fire from any coil almost impossible to see .
the points open to discharge the condensor and the in turn sent the voltage to the coil. the ballast resistor reduces voltage to the points to keep them from burnig up to fast. check voltage to coil with volt meter on the + side.
also you can check circut with a test light.
hook wire lead from test light to the points base screw. or the negitive terminal of coil if point are not easy to get to.
place probe end on the pos side of coil and crank over by hand
or bump starter. you shoud se the test light flash on aND OFF FOR EVERY CYCLINDER IT FIRES.

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Weak spark is no fuel issue but sign of distributor problems. seen age you still have contact points and conventional distributor cap.
Check contacts points and contact gap, feeler gauge will be enough at maximum opening when turned around. Incorrect issue is no weal spark issue either. Cracks in the cap are or worn points or dirty lead. Then the ignition coil should be good still. der-ust, clean up all contacts/terminals. Clean grease and other debris as well. If points or cap no good, replace points may be cleaned a bit carefully with sanding paper (Did that only on 1000 imported japanese cars from mayor port as a student to drive them to a parking lot.)

Timing can be set by a stoboscopic light for proper pre-ignition
you need one of those dwell angle strob light instruments.

Whole other list possible while it will not run. Battery ok?
Vacuum to distributor ok. Distributor weights not stuck?
Start to clean all and check from A to Z basic stuff. Can't be anything serious. Serious when you have grey emulsion in stead of oil.

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