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I have a 95' jag vanden plas. Washed the car, not the engine, ended up cutting off. Waited a couple hours for it to start up again. I drove home and let it run for a while. It cut off and hasn't started again since. I replaced the crank sensor and it's not getting any spark. What could it be?

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  • rsamuel77 Apr 05, 2011

    Ok, we will try that. Ty.

  • rsamuel77 Apr 05, 2011

    My jag doesn't have a distributer. It's a 4.9L 6 cyl

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Chances are your distributor got wet. open the distributor, dry the inside and clean the contacts with a piece of sand paper.. thats should give you the spark you need to get started.
if it isnt that check your coil.
your distributor looks like this,,
http://img.auto555.com/photo/offer1/41749/sell-ignition-distributor.jpg
see its held by two spring clips, open the clips tp open the distributor,, clean it , clean the metal pins inside with sand paper,, put it back up..

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 05, 2011

    could you gate a diagnostic done ,, look for error codes related to the crank position sensor.. Sorry though your jag had a distributor..

    causes of no spark, look at these..

    Bad crankshaft position sensor or distributor pickup (Sends pulse signal to ignition module and/or PCM that is necessary to trigger the ignition coil(s)).
    Bad ignition module (controls firing of ignition coil(s), may have an intermittent open in circuitry that causes loss of spark, hard starting or sudden stalling, usually when hot)
    Bad ignition coil(s). Ignition coil creates high voltage to fire the spark plugs. On engines with a distributor, a bad coil will prevent spark at all the spark plugs. On engines with a distributorless ignition system or coil-on-plug ignition, a bad coil will only affect one or two cylinders depending on the application. This may make the engine hard to start, but it will run on the remaining cylinders that are firing.
    Cracks or carbon tracks inside distributor cap or on rotor (allows spark to short to ground before it reaches the spark plugs).
    Bad spark plug wires (if wet, cracked, burned or internal resistance exceeds specifications, can interfere with good spark and make engine hard to start).
    Fouled spark plugs (if the electrodes are contaminated with deposits, spark may short to ground before jumping gap causing misfires. Can make engine hard to start and run poorly. If plugs are wet when removed, it means they are not firing or engine is flooded).

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