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post #1 of 6 Old 01-16-2010, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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No Spark Help

I just finished rebuilding the top end of the 304 and everything is back together and hooked up as before when it was running. Engine turns over fine but we have no spark, checked at the number 1 cylinder and then from the coil to the distributer, no spark at either location.

I then followed the Chilton manual as best as I understood the trouble shooting procedure. What I found at the coil with the ohm meter was battery voltage from the positive terminal of the coil to ground, which is what the manual says is correct. Then I tested the negative side, have battery voltage, supposed to have 5 to 8 volts, further testing on coil made me question the coil and I purchase a new one. I still have battery voltage on the negative terminal, and no spark from the coil, check by turning engine over with ignition on and holding coil wire inch from a ground.

Looking for ideas and testing procedural help.

Thanks in Advance,

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-16-2010, 09:04 PM
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you my want to check your ignition module,I think most auto parts stores can test them for you
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-16-2010, 09:36 PM
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Does your '76 use the Prestolite ignition? Jeephammer has some general testing procedures here and more specific info for the Prestolite:
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-17-2010, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you the link to Jeephammers write up was exactly what I was looking for!
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-17-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Result, it was the factory plug from the module into the harness no longer making a good connection. A little electrical contact cleaner followed up with dialectic grease and problem solved. Now to fix the exhaust leak.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-17-2010, 08:22 PM
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Well if you still have that original Presolite distributor and ignition, time to change that out.

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