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Will not spark until ignition is turned off then moment ignition is is turned back it has one good spark

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You didn't mention engine size so this isn't a fix (most of my diagrams are terrible anyhow) but, when you are turning the key on and off you are doing the same thing that the distributor pickup does (causing the coil field to collapse and make a spark) On that basis, I'd check the coil pickup and anything along that line ...also make sure that the run side of the ignition switch is hot with the key on.

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Won't crank


I am assuming that the engine is cranking (turn over) but will not run.

Most gasoline engines would need only two (2) elements to run; fuel and ignition (spark) at the right moment. Based on your post, "not appeared to have jumped timing", it would then be assumed that the "at the right moment" (at least for the spark) is good. Next to check then would be for the presence of spark; this could be performed by removing one of the spark plugs, reconnecting the said plug to its wire, let it rest on any exposed metal and crank the engine. There should be a pulsating spark at the end, if yes then problem is most likely elsewhere, if none, then next to check (depending on the engine type) would be the:
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If there is spark and yet would not run, then the fuel delivery to the engine has to be checked. There are two checks on the injector:
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In some instances, it could be the alarm/security/immobilizer acting up which prevents the engine to run.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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