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I have a 88 honda civic hatchback; it will crank but not start. I checked the fuel pump and it is fine. The spark plugs and so on were changed about 6 months ago. What could be the problem?

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  • aimeebukky1 Apr 27, 2010

    Could you tell me how to check the coil and if I could replace it myself?



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  • marco valerio Apr 27, 2010

    take off a spark plug plug to the spark plug wire ground the spark plug and see if yiou have spark



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