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I have a 1996 and it will not start. I have replaced pretty much everything I have power to the coil but no spark.

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  • mcowgill Jul 14, 2010

    Thank you for the fast reply and I will try and let you know how it turns out thanks again

  • mcowgill Jul 14, 2010

    In step 6 you refer to special jumper cables to terminal 19 not sure what this means?... Also it says see illistration. There is none?... HELP

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Is this the 6 cyl. or 8 cyl. gas model?
FAILURE-TO-START TEST The "Checking For Spark'' test should be performed prior to this test. This is a basic test of the ignition system that systematically examines the battery, the coil, the engine controller, and its wiring harness and connections; the most likely culprits in a no-start condition at this stage. Fig. 1: Fabricate this special jumper with a 0.33 MF capacitor in-line to test the ignition coil I have a 1996 and - 88472304.gif

  1. Unplug the ignition coil harness connector at the coil.
  2. Connect a set of small jumper wires (18 gauge or smaller) between the disconnected harness terminals and the ignition coil terminals. Fig. 2: Terminal locations on the engine controller 14-way connector — 1989 models 88472314.gif
    Fig. 3: Engine controller 60-way connector — relevant terminals for testing are shown numbered 88472305.gif

  3. Attach one lead of a voltmeter to the positive (12V) jumper wire. Attach the negative side of the voltmeter to a good ground. Measure the voltage at the battery and confirm that enough current is available to operate the starting and ignition systems.
  4. Crank the engine for five seconds while monitoring the voltage at the coil positive terminal:
    1. If the voltage remains at zero, diagnosis of the fuel system should be performed. Also check the engine controller and auto shutdown relay.
    2. If voltage is at or near battery voltage and then drops to zero after one or two seconds of engine cranking, check the engine control module circuit. WARNING
      The ignition must be turned OFF prior to unplugging the engine controller connector. If it is not, electrical surging could occur causing damage to the unit or other electrical components in the vehicle.
    3. If the voltage remains at or near battery voltage during the entire five seconds, turn the ignition key OFF. Remove the 14-way connector on 1989 models, or the 60-way connector on 1990–96 models at the engine controller. Check the 14-way or 60-way connector for any spread terminals.
  5. Remove the test lead from the coil positive terminal. Connect an 18 gauge jumper wire between the battery positive terminal and the coil positive terminal.
  6. Make a special jumper cable (see illustration). Using the jumper MOMENTARILY ground terminal 12 on the 14-way connector (1989), or terminal 19 (see illustration) of the 1990–96 60-way connector. A spark should be generated at the coil wire when the ground is removed.
    1. If a spark is generated, replace the engine controller computer.
    2. If no spark is seen, use the special jumper to ground the coil negative terminal directly. If spark is produced, repair the wiring harness for an open circuit condition. If spark is not produced, replace the ignition coil.

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  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 14, 2010

    Unfortunately, the pictures that I see on my end don't transfer to through cut and paste to your end because there is limited bandwidth on Fixya.com.



    However, if you get the Haynes or Chilton Manual from the auto parts store, the same illustrations should be there. Or, you can try your local library for information.



    I'm sorry about that.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 14, 2010




    Fig. 1: Fabricate this special jumper with a 0.33 MF capacitor in-line to test the ignition coil



    1. Unplug the ignition coil harness connector at the coil.

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 14, 2010

    The 60 way connector has 3 rows of 20 connectors divided by a central circular post or dead area.

    It's hard to describe without the diagam.



    I would refer to a manual that you would buy or get from your local library.

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