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Old 06-08-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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hello i was wonerin if anyone new how to take the distributor cap when 3 of the screws are threaded and can't get them out?

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hello i was wondering if anyone knew how to take the distributor off to see if the coils are ok cuz it'* seems the engine is nothing getting spark it turns but doesn;t start also on one side of the distributor box 3 of the screws are damaged and i can;t seem to get them out any ideas on how to improvise on it to get them out

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Since these cars don't have distributors, it would be impossible to remove the distributor cap.
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Default ok sorry my mistake

can u tell me what they have and how to removed it? thank you
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They have a coil pack sitting on top of an ignition module. The coil pack screws are probably torx head, if you aren't using a torx driver to remove them, you will probably strip them. If you can't separate the coil pack from the ignition module, replace them both. Take the ignition module off with the coils attached. 3 nuts on bottom.
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Default ok got it ou now what?

hi there just wondering if u guys new what should i do next i've got the ignition spark module out cause when i checked for spark nothing happened? with the screwdriver....
also do i go and buy a new module or can i test this one, the thing is the torx screws are bad in on side basically stripped so any ideas how to remove easily what? should i do?


please help me ? :(
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For the "gearguys" to help you , you first have to tell us what year, make and model car you have.

Next, start from the beginning, and describe exactly what'* happened to your car.

Then, tell what things you've done to try to fix it.

ok ?

(and try to split up your thoughts in paragraphs, like I have above)

(edited)(oops! I see you have a previous post that shows your car sig. I wonder why it didn't appear here? )

(also you seem to have two "threads" going on simultaneously -- maybe the admin can fix this? Or am I missing something?(again))
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I have never heard of anyone checking for spark with a screwdriver. Maybe I have been missing something all these years. I explained to you how to check for spark and how to check your plug wires on another thread. The search feature is your friend.
Now that you have the parts off, go get new ones and put them on. Or go to a salvage yard and get good used parts. What is it that you don't understand
While you are at the salvage yard, check on the availability of an engine computer. As you were poking things with a screwdriver, you might have fried that too.
To remove the screws, if the correct sized torx bit isn't working for you, then tap them with a hammer a couple of times straight down on top of the screw head. Then clamp a vise grip on it and twist it off. Or if you have a Dremel, cut a slot in the screw head and use a flat bladed screwdriver instead.
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Checking for spark with a screwdriver is the simplest method. Stick the metal end in the boot, hold the handle, and move it near something metal (chassis ground). It'll spark when it gets close.

I agree that a year and model would help, as well as all the other things you checked. The coil pack and ICM aren't the only things to prevent a spark.
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Default hi could you help

reference to the igntion coil on my 91 bonneville it shows no spark does that mean that the coil is bad? and if so how to i check the ICM IF IT'* WORKING ?



NO SPARK TURNS OVER AND OVER BUT WON;T START, IT USED TOO BUT IT WAS VERY HARD AND ONLY AFTER 10 TIMES TURNING IT OVER AND RETRYING AND THEN IT WOULD RUN FOR A BIT THEN IT WOULD WANNA DIE, THEN ID GET TO GO AND IT WOULD RUN FINE UNTIL I SHUT OFF FOR THE DAY AND THE NEXT DAY WOULDN'T START AGAIN AND NOW NOT ALL..
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