Hi again Terry
I do know from personal experience the older niossan's like yours need a very good battery or the ignition doesnt work and yet the injectors still do so filling the engine up with fuel but no spark. So a very good test is your volt meter across the battery while cranking, needs to be at least 10.5v. I got caught out on this one ! As the starter may be a reduction type the cranking speed still appears fine, this problem was eventually resolved in the maxima with the 92
if this test is ok then next
connect your voltmeter test leads to each side of the coil while your assistant winds over the engine, a old anologue or needle type voltmeter is easier to see. The voltage should flucuate from zero (very briefly so may not get all the way to 0 on your meter) to near battery voltage so at cranking may be around 10-12v deopendant on battery condition. The change may be very quick so hard to notice, I have used a tail light bulb to see it successfully, one side of coil primary to each end of bulb filament. If you do see it, check for spark at the coil secondary or tower connection with a spare spark plug with the threads of the plug connected to the negative battery terminal, be carefull as secondary voltages can kill !
Let me know how you go.
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 AT 2:44 AM