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86 tercel, 3ac engine, ignitor faulty, cannot find it??

My 86 tercel station wagon died on the road, there is positive current between the coil and ground, both on the positive and negative pole, but as I rev the starter nothing happens, I get no current to the distributor at all. I tried another coil and still no result so coil is fine. Friends tell me it has to be the ignitor, which I guess I could check, but where is it?? It is not on the firewall, as on some models. My dis sits on the engine block and the coil hangs vertically on the wheel housing, drivers side, right behind the battery and in front of the fuel filter, but I cannot find the ignitor.

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  • grabben Aug 17, 2008

    I concluded that the coil is actually healthy and emits current, a guy looked at my dis and said the breakers are done. Will try and replace those. If that doesn't work, I will come back here.... Thanks.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I have a 1986 Tercel 4WD wagon. The problem is no spark from distributor, there is power to coil. I have checked power at the coil ,positive and negative sides. I unplugged the distributor and checked power, one lead has power and one does not. I was told one goes to coil and one goes to igniter. Any idea where the leads come from? My repair manual shows nothing other than the leads at the distributor.



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It might be that the contact point within your distributor has worn out. you may have to just replace that.

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