El Camino no spark to spark plugs

Tiny
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1979 El Camino 305 V8. HIE Distributor -What is a simple check to find out condition for coil. THE CAR WAS RUNNING in the past but now it will not start. The starter is good, there is fuel in the tank. Any suggestions. Thanks for any help
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Sunday, January 28th, 2007 AT 9:18 AM

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Tiny
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Put a module in the distributor. It most likely is bad, not the coil. You can use a 12 v test light to check for voltage at the coil. Most of the time, the module is bad. Pop the cap, 4 half turn screws, take off the rotor, two screws, then turn the engine by bumping the starter till the distributor posts that hold the rotor are away from the module. Two screws and two plug ins hold the module down. Be sure and use a small amount of die electric grease on the bottm metal surface of the new module. It helps keep heat away. Simple fix actually. Buy an extra module (they are cheap) and keep it and your tools in the glovebox in case of emergency. Look at the pic. At the 10 o'clock position is your module. Just be careful taking the connectors off as they get brittle with age. A pocket screwdriver works well. Just gently pry them off.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/56035_chevydist26_1.jpg

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Monday, January 29th, 2007 AT 11:33 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, your information was very informative and description was excellent. Finally, it starts.
Bill
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Friday, February 2nd, 2007 AT 5:55 AM
Tiny
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Cool beans. I owned 2 Elkys. A 78 and an 83. The 78 had a 305, the 83 I put a nice liittle 350 into. Had a module go out with it sitting in my bay after an oil change once. Talk about frustrating! Glad I was able to help you out. Take good care of that Elky, as you can tell they hold a special place in my heart.
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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 AT 4:41 PM
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In response to the module! Die-electric grease is ok. But it is not what is supplied when you buy the module. What is the proper way to insure it will not heat up is (Heat Transfer Grease) Airtex compound #9A1002. Just wanted to share that info since I have replaced many modules due to failure. Have not changed one in awhile.
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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 AT 7:17 PM

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