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No Soark Just changed engine everything seems to be hooked up were it was before. Starter works fine/ Warning lights are on without key on/ Power going into coil none coming out. Coil tested out ok. Coil 33410-60ECO Diamond F518 3305 12V. Any Ideas.

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    Jim Duncan Jun 02, 2009

    I change Engine My 1993 GEO Metro had one bad Cylinder bad so I put in a engine from a 1994 GEO 1 liter 3 Cylinnder same engine . The fluid in engine all wiring hocked back up. Without key in and Battery is hocked up all the warning lights come on. If I unplug wire going to coil the shift up light and the check engine light are on. Fuild pump comes on as soon as battery is hocked. If I turn the key on the starter works just fine, By pluging and unpluging coil I can get a spark out of other end of the coil. Other wise no spark.. The coil test out just fine.

  • Jim Duncan
    Jim Duncan Jun 03, 2009

    Ok I know were to fine the pick up coil and plate but the ignitor? Am I looking under the dash?


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Check out the  distributor. You have to remove the distributor cap to gain access to it. The distributor is what fires off the coil in these cars and also controls the injector pulse. Basically ithas what is more or less the equivalent of a cam sensor, but inside the distributor.
The distributors are prone to failure on these cars. take cap off dist and have someone crank engine over to see if your rotor is turning

On most GEO's I have worked on, there is a thick ground wire that goes from the back of the firewall to one of the bolts on the distributor mount. This ground wire can be "unclipped" in the middle. Make sure that wire is present and plugged together. Also, make sure the distributor signal wire is connected properly down by the rear of the head under the intake manifold.

If you hooked the ohmmeter directly to the two wires which go into the distributor, you should have gotten something like 200 onms resistance. If you get an open circuit on that test; the distributor ignition pickup is defective, and should be replaced. That part is Standard Motor Products # LX755, or Airtex # 4P1221, or AC Delco # D1925D. Those parts cost $75, $78, and $89 respectively at Rock Auto online: 

here is the diagram of the ignitor

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and here is the diagram depicting the hei wiring....

i wud also want you to check exhaustmanifold and the mid pipe one. Change them if required....

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Two items, the "ignitor" and the "pickup coil" inside the distributor are the next items to check. Ignitor is more likely to go bad. It can be checked at Autozone for free, maybe other stores as well. pickup coil can be checked with ohm meter. If not shorted or open, it should be OK.  ------------ also check pick-up plate . ---------- if the coil is getting proper spark and power.if the spark plugs are replaced and still no spark.please check out ignition rotor.if faulty get it replaced. -------------- also check the connection to the coil to the battery and check your distributor  ------------------- thanks.keep updated.please do rate the solution.thank you for using fixya.

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