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Replaced all electircal parts under the hood when engine turns over i only get one spark from coil then no more can try again a few minutes later same thing one spark and thats all, no fire to the plugs at all this is on a 1976 dodge truck 318 motor thank you

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    The coil,pick up coil(in the distributor),rotor,cap,plugs,ceramic balist on firewall,and control module are all new.I still only get 1 spark from the coil,it's got me perplexed. I was told that it may be the ignition switch,any thoughts on that?

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Pull the cap off your distributer, and then turn your motor over while someone watches the distributer. Chances are with this year of truck you will have a broken timing chain or gears.

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New coil? New points and condensor (if applicable) If electronic, clean sender and receiver phototransistor and sensor wheel in distributor? Is distributor rotor turning with engine? Make sure you have good electrical connections and solid ground to engine block.

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