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Old 02-04-2006, 03:51   #1 (permalink)
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ea troubles boggles the mind!

I have 88 ea which I replaced the motor (was running but cracked head) done all the right things and labelled wires and pipes such so they all went back to the right spot but cant get it to start. What I know is there is power to the coil but no spark at the plug, no power going to the fuel pump. What I have done is replaced the coil, dizzy, leads, plugs, all the relays near the battery, the fuel pump works I tested it with another battery. The time frame which I took to change motor was bout 2-3 months (did a bit here and there after work) Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2006, 06:06   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the main wiring harness from the ECU to injectors and distributor TFI module may be unplugged. With battery disconnected use a multimeter to check for continuity by back probilf the ECU and TFI module. Buy a noid light to check the injectors are getting a signal. You can also use it to check the low tension wires on the coil (connect and crank the engine and see that it flashes).
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Old 02-04-2006, 06:12   #3 (permalink)
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Also get an old spark plug open the gap a bit (1.5 mm total) and plug it into the distributor end of the high tention (king lead) from the coil; it should spark when you crank the engine if the coil is OK. Next check the TFI module - check the resistance per here: http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...iagnostic.html - they are the same on the e series TFI module. Also remember the TFI module needs heatsink paste (Unick from Disk Smith or similar) on the base that contact the distributor and also in the socket on the TFI module. I assume you have cranked the engine with the distributor cap off to ensure the dizzy gear is not stripped and it is turning. Also try adding 20 litres or so of some fresh fuel - old fuel makes a car where the timing is not yet perfect that very much harder to start.
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Also check the ECU earth in the passenger side footwell is good and firm (the screw hole can open up and lose the earth connection).
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Also check the battery to engine earth and engine to body earth (under the car just forward of the passenger side footwell).
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Did you have the battery disconnected? Check to see if you've left off an earth wire, they can drop down below the battery & you may have missed one.
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Thanks for the advice will try this and see what happens, will let you know
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Am I missing something in your first post? Why did you swap the whole motor if only the head was cracked? Surely a replacement head would have sufficed.
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Am I missing something in your first post? Why did you swap the whole motor if only the head was cracked? Surely a replacement head would have sufficed.

Was cheaper to buy whole secondhand motor than to buy a new head! Thinking of the money side of it helps keep cost down, brought whole car for 300, motor for 300, cheap car!
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Was cheaper to buy whole secondhand motor than to buy a new head! Thinking of the money side of it helps keep cost down, brought whole car for 300, motor for 300, cheap car!
Ahh ok, fair enough EF heads can be had for a tad over $200, but then you lose a bit of compression with them when fitted to a 3.9 motor.

$300 for a complete motor is good though!

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