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1997 chev pu 5.7 replaced timing chain,now litte or no spark, will not start crank sensor or computer problem? I just sent this in but used wrong e-mail the lost connection please don't carge me twice

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  • bobjoycell Jun 30, 2009

    the only thing changed was the timing chain,it was running before it was taken apart,it appears to be a computer problem related to the crankshaft angle sensor,the coil was replaced a few months ago

  • bobjoycell Jun 30, 2009

    1997 chev pu 5.7 replaced timing sprokets and chain,engine now willnot start coil was replaced afew months ago.It was running before change, could it be crank sensor or computer code problem?

  • bobjoycell Jul 01, 2009

    what is a piston label and how do you align the crank sensor?



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Its a crank sensor problem and since after those replacements you need to have proper alignments with other components also. As soon as you will get aligned in proper sequencing of piston labels, you get a smoother turn on of your chev.

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Crank snsor air gap not right to far away i had same problem!!!good luck!!!!!!

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  • Aaron Tonning Jul 05, 2009

    camshaft sensor?or crank sensor?


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Hi bob,

here was the answer to your question earlier.

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Hi bob,

here is what others got:

If you have a spark tester you disconnect the coil wire that goes tothe distributor, install the spark tester on that wire, crank theengine and look for spark. If you do not have a spark tester you canhold the coil wire with insulated pliers near any engine ground.

Also check it directly at the coil to eliminate a possibly defectivecoil wire. If you have another coil you plug it in to use as a testcoil. I the engine starts...the coil was the problem.

If this points to an ignition coil problem here is how to repair it.


1. Remove distributor cap and rotor.
2. Remove two module attaching screws, and lift module up.
3. Disconnect leads from module. Observe color code on leads as these cannot be interchanged.
4. Remove module.


NOTE:Be sure there is a sufficient amount of silicone grease on the metalface of the module and on the distributor base (where the moduleseats), when reinstalling the module. The purpose of the siliconegrease is to cool the module.

1. Install module.
2. Connect leads to module.
3. Install module attaching screws.
4. Install pick up coil.
5. Install cap and rotor.



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Compression - Engine compression caused by crankshaft rotation and pistons moving up and down inside the engine block. If the timing belt or timing chain fails it will cause the camshaft to become out of correlation with the crankshaft or allow the camshaft to stop rotating. Either of these conditions will cause the engine to lose compression and sometimes cause internal engine damage.

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Ignition Spark Delivery System - The ignition system components include: spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor (if applicable), crankshaft angle sensor, camshaft angle sensor, ignition coil, ignition module, knock sensor and PCM (engine control module). The engine relies on the ignition spark to be delivered to the combustion camber at the correct time. If the ignition spark stops or is delivered at the wrong time the engine will not run or run poorly.

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* Step 1 - Anytime you have a problem with electronically controlled components such as an engine, transmission, ABS brake, or SRS (supplemental restraint system, Air Bag) inspect all fuses using a test light and check the under hood power distribution center and under dash fuse panels. If all fuses test ok continue to the next step.
* Step 2 - To check for problems with electronically controlled components such as an engine, transmission, ABS brake, or SRS (supplemental restraint system, Air Bag) and the fuses test ok a trouble code scan is needed to identify any system trouble. Use a simple scanner tool to retrieve trouble codes and see if they relate to the specific problem, like a crank angle sensor failure code. If the trouble code present does not pertain to the immediate problem like an EVAP code ignore it until a later time, after the car is running. The reason we repair non-related codes after the engine is running is because sometime false codes can be triggered by the engine not running. Once the engine is running again the code present might cycle and turn itself off. You might say "if the engine doesn't run shouldn't it have a trouble code?" Sometimes conditions occur that will not be detected by the computer, example: if the fuel pump fails the computer cannot detect the failure, so the engine doesn't start and the computer thinks everything is ok with no codes. If no trouble codes are present proceed to the next step.
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* Step 5 - Test the ignition system output, ignition systems can vary in configuration but operate on the same principal. Ignition systems can consist of a coil, pick up coil, crank angle sensor, cam angle sensor, spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, ignition rotor and a distributor and any variations of these components. An ignition coil is a voltage stepper coil that transforms a low voltage (12 volts) signal into tens of thousands of volts needed to jump the gap of the spark plug. This coil is activated by an ignition module triggered by using the camshaft/crankshaft angle sensor; timing is adjusted by the ECM (computer).

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