Secondary Spark Test
Remove a spark plug from the engine. Examine the spark plug for cracks in its insulation and replace if necessary.
- Connect the spark plug to its spark plug wire.
Ground the spark plug-s outer electrode to the engine (touch the spark plug-s metal body to the engine block or other piece of metal on the vehicle).
- Crank the engine and look for spark across the electrodes of the spark plug.
- If a strong blue spark exists across the plug electrode, the ignition system is functioning properly.
- Repeat the test for the remaining cylinders. If one or more tests indicate irregular, weak or no spark, refer to the coil test.
- If spark does not exist, remove the distributor cap and ensure that the rotor is turning when the engine is cranked.
Spark Plug Cable Test
Before beginning this test, be sure to wear rubber gloves and rubber-soled shoes for safety.
- One at a time, disengage each spark plug wire with the engine idling to check whether the engine-s performance changes or not.
- If the performance does not change, check the resistance of each spark plug and wire.