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How to troubleshoot no spark

Coil tests good ohm check, plugs are in cylinder good compression, checking spark with old plugs and get nothing. How do I troubleshoot no spark? What else can I check? The bike ran fine in the fall but now no spark. The fuel injectors are running and getting plenty of fuel to chambers.

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If fuel injectors are putting fuel into cylinders, then crankshaft position sensor is o/k as this sensor is used both for ignition timing and fuel injector timing. I would check for 12 volts at the middle pin of the connector on coil plug. If present, then ECM is more than likely at fault. You should have a low ohm reading between the center pin and either of the outer pins. As this is a single fire coil, both sides are unlikely to fail at the same time so this again points to the ECM or a common item, i.e. 12 volts supply to the coil.
By the way, spark plugs will not fire if engine is turned over with no plugs fitted in engine. These engines need to see compression for spark to happen. So to check spark, leave plugs in engine and fit a new one on lead and rest it on engine while operating starter motor.

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Hi Cpldake, thank you for your service, make sure you are grounding your spark plugs when checking for spark and they are new or will spark using another vehicle. Then check the ohms on plug wires. If thats ok and your coil checks out I would look towards ignition modual and ignition sensor. Also while your looking for the problem make sure you are checking all wiring and connectors for opens, shorts or grounds. Try pulling up any codes on your speedo. As a last resort consider taking it to a dealer as the electrics on this bike are very complex. Good luck

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