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1993 VW Cabriolet stopped running at stop sign. Would not restart. Replaced coil, cap and rotor. Car still will not start. No spark coming out of new coil to distributor. Timing light shows no spark to #1 plug. Have power to distributor. Any Ideas?

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I would remove and verify the rotor is turning when the motor is cranked over, you may have a broken timing belt. Also check the ignition control module which is mounted under the hood, driver side, upper firewall, mounted below plastic drip tray.

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