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1996 Plymouth Voyager Van - no spark, won't start

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Dec 31, 2009, 12:53 AM

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Hello, I have the following:

1996 Plymouth Voyager Van
3.0 litre Mistubishi 6-cylindar engine

Van was parked at grocery store, came out and it would not start, towed it home. No spark across plugs. Replaced distributor with tested salvage yard distributor I ordered, thinking it had a bad CM inside the distributor since coil seemed to check out. That not working, I also replaced ignition coil.

Still no spark and engine just cranks and cranks, no sign of life. Prior to failing to start, all warning lights on the dash panel for washer fluid, etc. that are on the buttons themselves were lit up for a few days.

Not sure how to proceed next, this thing is a paperweight and I do not know what to test next. Will borrowing a tester of some sort from an auto store tell me what in the electrical system is going wrong? Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks and Happy New Year!


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Dec 31, 2009, 1:47 AM

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Re: 1996 Plymouth Voyager Van - no spark, won't start [In reply to] Sign In

How did you test for spark? The best way is to use a spark tester to be sure you really don't have spark....

Then start with the basics. Make sure you are working with a good battery. Check the fuses, make sure you have power to the ign coil with the key on. Make sure the dist rotor turns while a helper cranks the engine over. If that checks out, pull codes to see if there is any direction there. While the scanner is hooked up see if you have rpm while cranking. If non is detected you are going to what to check the crank sensor. Check the orange wire for the 8v power source. Next step would be to hook a scope up to the gray & black signal wire to check for a square wave pattern ( I believe you could probably use a dvom on the 10v scale & just look for a fluctuating reading)....

That would be a start..and depending on the results would determine the next steps.

The 3.0 is in a similar spot on the backside on the trans bellhousing........Although I do have to say I've never seen a mitsy in a van, just their cars.........


(This post was edited by Sidom on Dec 31, 2009, 2:22 AM)

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Dec 31, 2009, 1:12 PM

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Re: 1996 Plymouth Voyager Van - no spark, won't start [In reply to] Sign In

Thank you so much for your thorough response.

I followed your instructions: I popped the distributor cap and the rotor does NOT turn when the engine is cranked.

Wow, never saw that one coming, what is the remedy?

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Dec 31, 2009, 1:48 PM

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Sounds like you have a stripped/broken timing belt. Take one of the cam gear covers loose at the frt of the motor and have a helper crank the engine. If the gear doesn't spin then you need a new belt.

On those 3.0s you really want to change out the water pump as well. It's a lot of work so go new on the pump, no remans


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