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Jun 9, 2016, 7:20 AM

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1996 toyota corolla 1.6 L 4-cylinder 200,000

Hi! I have a 1996 toyota corolla. It's a 5 speed. I had been driving for about a half hour with the a/c running, stopped at a store, came out and the car wouldn't start. The starter turned over, but it wouldn't fire---didn't even attempt to fire. It was running fine before I stopped. I had it towed to a friend who does mechanic work. We've replaced the distributor and the ignition module, but still can't get a spark at the plugs. Any ideas why it won't get a spark to start? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Jun 9, 2016, 8:23 AM

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1st - codes are stored?
did you ck voltage at coils

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Jun 9, 2016, 12:28 PM

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Here is the complete set of tests that needs to be run, all of them.

All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Jun 9, 2016, 12:45 PM

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I read OP as there is NO spark - Is that correct and you checked at coil or plugs?
No modified wiring ie remote starter, alarm etc?

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