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Car will not start

We have found that the three wires from the module to the distributor do not have any power.When we tested the wires on the module plug we found that the brown wire is not giving power to the module.do you think that the problem is with the brown wire and how can I fix it.

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  • dbolio77 Mar 23, 2009

    car runs for 20 to 30 min then dies lots of power,cranks over but nothing dealer said main ecu ????????

  • curtiswhite2 Apr 28, 2009

    I have the same problem I have no voltage to the hall sender unit but have voltage to the control unit I even changed the control unit and the computer

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BROWN WIRE IS EARTH, MIDDLE WIRE IS IMPULSE THE LAST ONE IS POWER

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Crank engine with distributor cap removed, is it turning?
(That is if it has a distributor cap, some newer cars don’t have one)is it turning?
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Are you getting power to the + positive side of the coil (small wires) with key on ? Hint; I use a needle pushed into the back of the plug so as not to damage the wiring.
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With the engine in non-running condition connect your A/C voltmeter to the pair of wires at the pulse generator and crank the engine. You are looking for an A/C signal that makes 4-6 volts of A/C. Got this? If so the ignition module is dead or has a bad ground. If not (more likely) you have a dead pulse generator in the distributor.
If you have three wires in the distributor signal wire you have a Hall effect sensor. I forget how to test that one. (Chrysler stuff)


If this part of the primary ignition tests ok then check wiring to ECM pinouts for opens. Wiring tests ok. ECM as last resort.
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If you have three wires in the distributor signal wire you have a Hall effect sensor. I forget how to test that one. (Chrysler stuff)


If this part of the primary ignition tests ok then check wiring to ECM pinouts for opens.Wiring tests ok.ECM as last resort.
Hope this helps...........

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