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Author Topic:   Elecrical Ghost in the Distributor
WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted May 17, 2001 09:06 AM
Alright, this is weird. If the engine is not properly grounded, is it possible for the starter to crank, but the distributor not work? This doesn't seem possible, but that kinda seems like whats going on. I hooked up a timimng light and when I crank the engine over, I only get one flash, then nothing. I have rerun the power to the distributor with no change. I even skipped the solenoid and wired the distributor straight off the battery -- no change. If I crank it a second time w/o changing anything, I'll get nothing. If I unplug it or mess with the wiring, then I'll get one flash and nothing else. Can a bad ground cause this?

(I've already tried swapping distributors. Its a brand new Proform Racing Dist. Has anyone had any experience with one of these?)

cas23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted May 17, 2001 09:59 PM UIN: 25501394
if your running MSD or a spark box check the ground there

racer17j
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted May 18, 2001 02:35 AM UIN: 54865418
did you switch the entire dist cap and all or did you use the same cap could be a
sh!tty coil. if you are grounding somewhere you should see an arch somewhere. Do you have a ground from your exaust manifold to the frame? and how is your starter hooked up ? just a power wire and the jumper wire?

WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted May 18, 2001 10:20 AM
Brand new distributor with a bad Ignition Module. This is the second in a row that I've gotten that was junk. Maybe Proform distributors are junk. I put a stock module in it, that shouldn't create any problems, should it?

Thanks

dirtracer17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted May 18, 2001 02:39 PM
Yes a stock module will cause problems! You will lose power at about 5000 rpm. My suggestion is order a msd module. It is supposed to be good up to 9000 rpm. You shouldn't have any more trouble if you get one.

Pit Bull
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted May 18, 2001 05:02 PM
We have a proform cap, coil, rotor, and module in our distributer, and it works great. I would start by checking all the wiring, connections, switches, ect. on the distributer, and then checking to see if you have a bad ground. If its one thing I hate doing, its tracking down electrical problems . Good Luck!

racer17j
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted May 18, 2001 10:49 PM UIN: 54865418
dirtracer is right the stock one falls off i put in a accell hi pro modual in mine and it was like night and day has alot more top end power even with a stock coil

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