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1986 Buick LeSabre with 3.8L V6 died while driving. Engine cranks but will not start. Checked fuel pump, injectors, lines, plugs and wires. Spark appeared possibly weak on the LeSabre compared to the same plug tested on a 1999 Saturn. It has been suggested that there may be a timing issue. Any thoughts?

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Do you get fuel pump pressure, should be about 40 psi what about compression and spark on a saturn would be stronger due to many reasons one of which being different voltage of coils

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