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1997 Millenia won't start, no spark.

Picked up the 2.5 at a good price not running. I repaired head gasket, timing belt and water pump, had new keys made. No spark. Any ideas? Is there a Ballast Resistor and if so where?

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If theres no spark try replacing the rotor button and coil, not sure where the ballast resistor is located.

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