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1995 Geo Prism wont start

While the engine is turning over there is no spark getting to the spark plugs. Replaced cap rotor wires, coil pack, distributor, PCM and for some reason when the engine is turning over there is no spark, HOWEVER when you let off the key and let it go to the run position you can hear the fuel injectors clicking and the plugs all of the sudden start sparking even though the engine isnt turning. Can someone PLEASE help. I took it to a shop and they said that the PCM was bad, and would cost $800. so I replaced it...its still doing the same thing. Realy getting frustrated.

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Check all fuses real good with test ligh..i mean alll fuses.... next sounds like ignition switch might be bad... not supplying voltage to coil in crank position..but when let off cranking it returns back to run position it momentarily causes spark

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Hi, Hope I can help you.
I do not know how you have checked for spark, but lets start from the beginning.
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2. Ok if you have spark now we have find out if the spark is making it to the spark plugs. How are we going to do this? By checking the rotor, distributor cap, spark plug wires and spark plugs.First lets remove the distributor cap. This will allow use to inspected the rotor and the distributor cap. What your looking for is, cracks, carbon tracks and wear at the tip of the rotor. On the distributor ,look inside the cap for cracks, carbon tracks and wear on the terminals. If you find any of this replace the distributor cap and rotor. ( Note if you have any doubt of the condition of the rotor or the cap replace them.) Next lets check your spark plug wires. Lets pull off one of the spark plug wires from the spark plug side. Now inspect the wire connection for a white crusty powder. If you find crust replace your wires. Now you should check all of them the same way, but if even one has corrosion replace them all. You are going to have to inspect the wire its self . Going down the whole length of the wire. Holes cracks burn Marks and other damage. Once again if you find any damage replace them all.
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2. Ok if you have spark now we have find out if the spark is making it to the spark plugs. How are we going to do this? By checking the rotor, distributor cap, spark plug wires and spark plugs.First lets remove the distributor cap. This will allow use to inspected the rotor and the distributor cap. What your looking for is, cracks, carbon tracks and wear at the tip of the rotor. On the distributor ,look inside the cap for cracks, carbon tracks and wear on the terminals. If you find any of this replace the distributor cap and rotor. ( Note if you have any doubt of the condition of the rotor or the cap replace them.) Next lets check your spark plug wires. Lets pull off one of the spark plug wires from the spark plug side. Now inspect the wire connection for a white crusty powder. If you find crust replace your wires. Now you should check all of them the same way, but if even one has corrosion replace them all. You are going to have to inspect the wire its self . Going down the whole length of the wire. Holes cracks burn Marks and other damage. Once again if you find any damage replace them all.
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