Q: Not getting fire, changed coil and camshaft sensor?

asked by on February 15, 2017

I'm not getting any fire I've changed the coil and camshaft sensor?

My car has 263643 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Your vehicle is equipped with a crankshaft position sensor. That sensor is on the primary side of the ignition circuit and consequently you should test the sensor and all wiring to the distributor to be sure it is functioning. If there is a Hall effect pick-up in the distributor it should be tested. You can use a self powered “indicator test light” that is made for this purpose. The indicator light will flash as the sensor’s output signal comes and goes, confirming proper operation. The more common causes of failure in the ignition system should be excluded first and those are wiring faults such as loose or corroded connectors. Consequently, be sure to check the entirety of the low voltage PRIMARY ignition circuit to the coil and/or the ignition control module. If you want these steps performed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, please request a distributor/ignition system diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

hard starting after engine has run. 1996 Ford F-150

Hey there, thanks for writing in. From what you describe, it sounds like the engine TFI module on the side of the distributor is most likely bad and causing the no start hot. If you would like to have this...

Driving about 3 to 4 hrs and then my car stopped and won't start. Why?

Hello. The issue that lies within your vehicle is either the coil packs getting too hot and shutting off, or the trigger to the coil packs being dropped. The camshaft and crankshaft sensors are what controls the triggers for the...

My bcm is not working.

Hello. If the computer is quickly overheating and shutting off then it may be possible that excessive voltage or current is flowing too, or through it, causing it to overheat. This can be caused by wiring issues or by a...

Related articles

Can a Bad Sensor Prevent a Car From Starting?
If your car isn't starting or has a hard time starting, a faulty sensor may be to blame. Car sensors monitor data to keep your car running smoothly.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Distributor O Ring
If your car has a distributor, common signs the o-ring must be replaced include oil leaks and engine performance issues.
How Does a Distributor Work?
In In older cars, a distributor is one of the central parts of the ignition system. Since the early 1990's, many automakers have moved to using ignition systems without distributors. Though the number of cars with distributors has declined over...