Ignition module

Tiny
ALFLASH
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Hi I have a 1990 lumina sedan it was stalling before now it stalled for good I checked if its getting gas ok but im not getting spark is this ignition module or coil if that is the problem where would it located. Thanks alfash at flasharama@hotmail. Com
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 AT 9:46 AM

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Tiny
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Can you give us any more detail for example:
Recent tuneup? When & what did you change> plugs, cap & rotor?
What is your engine details. V6 fuel injected or TBI or carburator?
Assuming you have a V6 with a conventional HEI distributor, the module is located on the distributor.
Look at the dist. And you will see 2 plugs (1 with 2 wires 1 with 3 wires) just below the cap. To access you must remove the cap. Replacement is very simple only 2 screws. Do not loosen or move the distriibutor at all.
Before you waste your money on this part, make 100% sure that your cap and rotor are new and that the shaft in which the rotor goes on is clean (use a piece of 150 grit wet/dry sandpaper to clean, then wipe clean with a dry rag).

Good luck let us know what happens.
In the future, please take the time to explain your problems fully including symptoms and steps you have already taken.
The mopre details we get the quicker someone can reply to your post.
Kenvcr
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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 AT 2:04 AM
Tiny
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ITS a v6 3.1 I dont see a disruter its fuel injected 6 and of wires all at the front is it a coil I heard it maybe three coil in there the car old I like it but am I wasting my time any money or scrap it please reply thank you.
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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 AT 11:08 AM
Tiny
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Were you able to figure out your problem since the last post?
Where did you check to see if you were getting a spark?
The safest place to check is to pull off the # 6 spark plug wire at the engine. Rest the boot part approximately 1 to 2 inches from a solid metal part of the car(not near any other electrical parts). Have someone crank the engine for 3 to 4 seconds while you watch for a spark to jump from the wire to the metal.
IF YOU SEE A SPARK your coil is ok.

The MODULE you were asking about either works or does not work.
It will not cause intermitant stalling unless the wires leading to it are not on properly. Check those and let me know what happens.

Further more, ensure that you have brand new spark plugs, brand new cap & rotor installed as part of a routine tune up.

If it is stalling out on you and the above parts are new, then we need to look at fuel, air & exhaust systems.
FUEL: is your fuel filter new? If not change it. They should be changed once a year as well.

EXHAUST: When your car is running, put your hand up to end of the exhaust pipe. There should be a really good push of exhaust air on your hand. If it is very little then it is likely that the catalytic convertor or muffler has crumbled on the inside causing a serious blockage. This will cause your car to run rough or even stall out in some cases. Even though your systemm looks good on the outside it also rots away fast from the inside.
AIR: install new air filter, PCV valve (again all part of routine maintenance but can cause a lot of grief if not maintained).
Let me know what happens.
Kenvcr
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Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 AT 3:55 PM

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