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I have no spark on occasion--if i pull the coil wire off the coil and leave it just above the coil--it will them get spark and start most of the time but not always like today

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Hi: Sounds like your coil is Bad.Try replacing the Coil Wire 1st.If that does'nt work then I recommend that you Replace your Coil ,Spark Plug Wires,And Distributor Cap And Rotor and Spark Plugs Not knowing when you have tuned your Blazer up last. Look in where the Coil wwire goes to See if you see any Corrosion,Also Check the Coil Wire For Corrosion.Before you Buy all the Tune-Up its I mentioned Above. Your Coil is located inside your Distributor Cap on The Top inside your Distributor Cap Its Secured with 4-Small Bolts.
While you Have Your Distributor Cap Off Inspect the 6 or 8 depending if you have a V-6 or a V-8,To see if they have Corrosion and the Rotor as well. If replacing ALL for a Routine Maintenence which should really be done around 20,000-25,000 Miles Unless you Have Problems Before That Time Line.Make Sure to Inspect ALL of your Wiring Connections.You'll Need to Set your Timing It could vary a litle depending on what engine you Have.Get Specs.In your Maintenece Manual. Use a timing Light Don't Guess. Set your Timing around 4-8 Degrees before Top Dead Center (BTDC) You'll need to Clean Off The Bottom Pulley which is your Harmonic Balancer.Use Engine Degreaser so you can see the Marks on the Damper,Also you'll see a Pointer pointing to Your Bottom Pulley or Harmonic Balancer which is the Same pulley.Mark it with Either a Soap Stick at the 4-8 Degree (BDTC) Also mark The Pointer.Loosen Distributor Hold Down Clamp under your Distributor Bolted to Your Intake Manifold.Just Loosen it Enough to Turn but still have some Resistance and after you have Moved The Distributo Clockwise or Counter Clockwise until you Have Lined Up the Marks you Made on The Harmonic Balancer. Then Be Sure Not to forget to Tighten Your Distributor Hold Down Bracket.Otherwise it will Work its self Back out of Time.Once you have Followed my Solution you Should be Good to Go.Please Let Me Know How my Solution Worked out.I'm Almost 100% sure you'll be Satisfied and you'll have a Even Better Running Vehicle. from d_hubbs at FIXYA

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