Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: No spark from distributor cap to spark plugs.

asked by on

Car died while driving. Wouldn't start again. I did basic No start troubleshooting. Tested from the ignition coil to the distributor is good, from the cap itself no power. I replaced the cap, rotor, tfi, distributor itself, and the ignition coil. Same results.

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: With the key in the On position you need to...

With the key in the On position you need to test it to see if you have power on one side of the coil (red wire). When you crank the engine, do you still have power? If you do not have power at all, then the ignition switch may be at fault and the connector to the ignition switch should be checked for any burned connectors and replaced along with the ignition switch if so. If you are still having issues, a technician from YourMechanic can come out to your car's location to diagnose the no-start and make the repairs that are necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: The car cannot be put in gear when the engine runs

Hello. It sounds like the clutch slave cylinder may not be working properly or has completely failed. The slave cylinder is what makes it easy for you to manually shift through the gears of the car. When the slave cylinder...

Q: Lost power to my front brakes but i still have power to the back.

Hello and thank you for your question. When you were able to bleed all four brakes FR, FL, RR, RL, then the proportioning valve is okay. If the valve was sticking, you would not be able to get any fluid...

Q: Keyless entry and auto starter

Hello. It is indeed possible to program your vehicle to have keyless entry and auto start. Most vehicles can be equipped with those features using aftermarket kits, however it would probably require a custom installation. I recommend taking the vehicle...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.