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How do I determine if my points are bad in a Dodge 360 1977? I have replaced the coil, plugs, rotor but still no spark when I test the end of a spark plug wire. I have tried pouring gas in the carb

We drove this about 30 miles and parked it. Next day it won't start at all. Old plugs and air filter were covered in oil. Drained some oil and replaced both filters. The points look rusty to me, I have cleaned them with fine grit sand paper. Is there a specific clearance to reset them too?

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Not good...you did more than I would have done...sounds like its time to take it to a qualified repairman and have him diagnose the problem(s).

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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Maybe check the flex plate. I had a 94 concorde with a similar problem. Scanner said it was the cam and crank sensors. The flex plate can get a crack around the bolt pattern which allows it to shimmy when running. throwing off the cam and crank somehow as the mechanic tried to explain to me.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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SOURCE: how to test a crankshaft on a 1993 Dodge Dakota

check your catalytic converter for clogged up.
disconnect the exhaust pipe before the cat and run the engine to see if it still cut off.
if it run better, then that's the problem

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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you said you took a comp. check, what was it? If it's as flooded as you say, maybe the rings are washed down and you need to put a few squirts of oil into each cylinder and crank it over before putting plugs back in. If the comp. is below 100 that's not enough. try putting the oil in and trying another check on a couple cylinders. If it's up now, around 130-150 than you're getting somewhere. if not how about the timing chain jump?

Posted on Apr 22, 2010

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then i would replace whats called the hall effect sensor its that black plastic plate you see when you take dist cap off. just pull rotor and lift up the sensor.dist cap is what holds it on.also under the sensor will be a stamped sheet metal piece that looks like the top of a castle wall. make sure its not loose on the shaft.if it is then new dist will be needed

Posted on May 09, 2010

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