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Installed new engine now wont fire from distributor to spark plugs.

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If you've got spark from the coil but not at the spark plugs, it can only be 1 of 3 things.

  • Bad spark plugs or plugs not gapped properly.
  • Bad spark plug wires.
  • Bad distributor cap and rotor. This is pretty easy to check. Open up the cap and look at the points on the underside of the cap and also the point on the rotor. If they look corroded or worn, then you should replace them.

Good Luck!
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Fig. 2: 1.6L DOHC Engine Firing order: 1-3-4-2 Distributorless Ignition 84182010.gif

Fig. 3: 2.0L Engine Firing order: 1-3-4-2 Rotation: clockwise 84182011.gif

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Fig. 5: 1993 1.8L Engine Firing order: 1-3-4-2 Rotation: counterclockwise 84182013.gif

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    Fig. 3: Ignition system for the 1992-93 1.8L engine 84183003.gif

    Fig. 4: Ignition system for the 2.4L engine 84183004.gif

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Fig. 5: 4.3L engine. Firing order: 1-6-5-4-3-2 . Distributor rotation: clockwise

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