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We are getting no spark coming out of the distributor, put another brand new one on, with a new cap & rotor but, still no spark?

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  • bob060 Sep 08, 2008

    No spark at plugs....car died in the street after running rough at idle.

    So it is maybe the timing belt? I have voltage coming to the distrib.

    Is the cap easily removed to see if the rotor is spinning???

    That distributor is sold as a one piece replacement for that year. I was just going to replace the ignition module.

    It's a '95 Mirage with 100+ K miles, 1.5 l engine.

    It's a friends car and he's broke so I'm trying to help.

    Please advise me! Thanks.





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Hi ,check for voltage at the cables coming to the distributor ,if there is no voltage check your ignition suitch and the wires ,....Good Luck.

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Does the dist. rotor rotate when you crank the engine??? If not you have a timing belt that has failed.

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(a) rotor button misaligned/failing to make contact?
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