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97 Nissan 200sx cranks, won't turn over

I changed my distributor cap and rotor today due to a "sputtering while warm" issue. It turned out that my old rotor's bolt hole was messed up and it would "flop around" when it got to a certain temperature.

I initially just tightened the bolt on the old rotor, which fixed the sputtering at temperature, but figured I may as well get a new cap and rotor. After I put on the new stuff the car would crank but not turn over. I put the old cap and rotor back on, same thing. I cranked it with the distributor cap off and the rotor moves, also cranked it with the rotor and housing off and the crank angle sensor moves.

I checked for spark and I'm getting none. I figure that somehow I killed the distributor itself -- I'm a handy guy, but my mechanic knowledge only goes so far as a Haynes manual.

Does this make any sense? Is it possible for me to rebuild the distributor myself? I'm getting an error code (I didn't have one before) but since I can't get the car to Auto Zone to get the code read I don't know what it is.

BTW the engine is a completely stock GA16DE (1.6l)

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  • landry_cla May 13, 2009

    If it were anything to do with the cap and rotor itself the old one would still work. I don't have a separate plug wire that doesn't go to any plugs.


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I have them in the right firing order and i have spark but car still wont start??

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If you indeed are getting no spark on any plugs, check your plug wire that runs from the rotor to your ignition coil- the one that doesn't go to the engine. Make sure the internal connections didn't pull out and get crushed back in or fall out. Try one of your other plug wires on it and see if it fires- won't run good but you will see difference and be done troubleshooting. Other than that, you bought the rotor button and and rotor as a set right? Make sure the button metal tip is contacting the cap. If you got the wrong one, it may sit too low for the contacts even if it is long enuff. If you were getting spark, I would just say you got the firing order wrong.

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