Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Diagnosis & Testing

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Testing For Spark At Coil




CAUTION
The ignition system generates approximately 32,000 volts. Personal injury could result from contact with this system.


WARNING
Spark plug wire damage may occur if the spark plug is moved more than 1 / 2 inch away from the engine ground.


WARNING
Do not leave any one spark plug cable disconnected any longer than necessary during test or possible heat damage to catalytic converter will occur. Total test time must not exceed 1 minute. Use a new spark plug and spark plug cable for the following test.

  1. Insert a new spark plug into the new spark plug boot. Ground the plug to the engine.
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  3. Remove the distributor cap.
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  5. Plug test spark plug cable onto coil tower.
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  7. Crank engine and look for spark across the electrodes of the spark plug. If there is no spark, check the distributor connectors:

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    Fig. Distributor connectors

    1. Continuity from PCM pin 11 to 6-way connector terminal 1
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    3. Continuity between ground and 6-way connector terminal 2
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    5. Continuity from PCM pin 6 to 2-way connector terminal 2
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    7. Correct resistance in distributor cap, refer to Distributor Cap Resistance Test.
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  9. If all circuits show continuity, replace distributor assembly
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