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No spark from plugs. changed plugs, rotor and distributor, cables, and primary coil.

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  • thebe11y Jul 25, 2008

    ps. fuel pump is fine.



  • blaisgc Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem 1995 Tacoma New Cap, plugs rotor & wires.

  • thebe11y Feb 12, 2009

    in the end my problem was the cam-shaft position sensor.


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I would start with the basics- did you make sure you followed the correct firing order when you installed your new plug wires? when you changed the cap/rotor did you notice any track marks inside the old cap? was the old rotor burnt/corroded? ive got a 97 ram and the cap is a b*tch to get to being buried in the back, could you have inadvertently moved the rotor off its timing mark? mis-aligned the crank sensor when installing your new cap? i would recheck how the cap was installed, just because you were able to position it proper and tightened down the screws doesnt mean that you didnt accidently pinch the wires on the crank sensor, or turned the rotor off its mark. also when pressing on the plug wires on the cap did you look for the "1" mark on the cap? this is your reference point for firing order. im not sure these are you problems, but rechecking your work to make sure something wasnt knocked off-kilter, or wrong plug wire placement would confirm the problem lies other than what was replaced. i hope this helps

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