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Engine wont start. I replaced the coil and plug wires. i have power to the coil but no spark at the plugs

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To verify that the coil is working, take the plugs out of the heads. Put the plugs back in the plug wires and lay the plug against the head so that they get a good ground. Turn you ignition switch on and then turn it off while watching the plugs closely. They should spark one time when you turn the switch off. If so, your coil is working correctly. It sounds like either the sensor in the timing cavity of the engine is bad or the electronic ignition unit is bad.

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