I checked the timing, No #1 cylinder TDC - rotor aligned to #1 ignition lead.
Parts swapping time, hate to try and fix cars this way but with spark, fuel and compression I suspected the ignition module located in the base of the disributor was nfg. This mod appears to funtion like a cam sensor, this early version of the 323 does not appear to have a crank angle sensor or knock sensor. The ECU seems to control the spark timing via the ignition module. Anyhow I replaced the distributor as the module is stated as unserviceable, and the engine fired up instantly. So the Mazda 323 can have spark, fuel and compression and still suffer a no start condition. The older versions ( Like this one - 1993 ) of the real time emission control vehicles, even with minimal sensors, are a pain to trouble shoot without the factory manual and a scan tool. Although in this case, as the failed distributor did not set a fault code. No ( service engine soon light ) reading the codes would not have helped.
I Still have not found any manufacturer building a OBD1 tool for this model. Perhaps the factory manual explains how to decipher the codes via a blinking dash board light. LOL
Thanks again for your assistance.
PS The above motor is the 4 cylinder 97.5 CID / SOHV with multi port EFI. The engine family is
Sunday, April 12th, 2009 AT 4:20 AM