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Unread 02-06-2002, 08:04 PM   #1
Dustin Maschino
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My 258 Won't Start....

I have an '83 258 I-6 and it wont start.
It's gettin fuel, so it's just not gettin a spark. I put in new spark plugs and a new coil, and the distributor cap is only 2 years old, if that. I could really use someone's help if they know where the problem might be...

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Unread 02-08-2002, 03:04 AM   #2
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Check to see if the coil is getting the signal from the electronic ignigtion or the points. Use an electrical tester, ground one end, put the other (the pointed end) on the neg (-) post of the coil. If the light flashes off and on as you crank the motor, it means the points and or electronic ignition is working. If the light stays on or doesn't flash at all the problem is most likely inside the distributor. This might help narrow the problem down. also check to see that you have power to the positive side of the coil (+), when the key is in the run posistion. Good luck, Dan
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Unread 02-08-2002, 03:04 AM   #3
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Check to see if the coil is getting the signal from the electronic ignigtion or the points. Use an electrical tester, ground one end, put the other (the pointed end) on the neg (-) post of the coil. If the light flashes off and on as you crank the motor, it means the points and or electronic ignition is working. If the light stays on or doesn't flash at all the problem is most likely inside the distributor. This might help narrow the problem down. also check to see that you have power to the positive side of the coil (+), when the key is in the run posistion. Good luck, Dan
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Unread 02-08-2002, 02:21 PM   #4
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I just had a similar problem and after checking for all voltages on coil, harness, etc. I found a blown fuse (IGNITION LPS). Kind of embarassing but that fixed it. Mine was not getting a spark (used timing light to check) until I stopped cranking engine it flashed once. Don't rule out simple things, they will get you every time. Good luck.
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Unread 02-27-2002, 05:14 PM   #5
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ok MuddyCJ5, it will start up, but after about 30 sec. ive replaced the coil and the pick-up in the distributor. it will shut off as if someone turned off the ignition. and there is no electricity going to the positive terminal on the coil when its in the "run" position...
is it a broken wire somewhere?
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Unread 02-28-2002, 10:21 AM   #6
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ok MuddyCJ5, it will start up, but after about 30 sec. it will shut off as if someone turned off the ignition. ive replaced the coil and the pick-up in the distributor. and there is no electricity going to the positive terminal on the coil when its in the "run" position...
is it a broken wire somewhere?
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