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suzuki sidekick: why would a 1989 suzuki sidekick not get fuel

Customer Question

why would a 1989 suzuki sidekick not get fuel or spark
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 3 years ago.

Tim's Auto Repair :

Hi,My name is Tim,

I will do my best to assist you

Tim's Auto Repair :

the first thing you need to do here

Tim's Auto Repair :

is to tell me how and when this problem began

Customer :

engine just quit on highway no spark or fuel

Tim's Auto Repair :

ok

Tim's Auto Repair :

remove the distributer cap and turn the engine

Tim's Auto Repair :

see if the rotor turns with the engine

Customer :

distributor turns

Tim's Auto Repair :

ok

Tim's Auto Repair :

then the timing belt is turning the cam

Customer :

tes

Tim's Auto Repair :

the next thing would be the distributer itself

Customer :

what about fuel

Tim's Auto Repair :

do you have the 1.3 or 1.6?

Customer :

1.6

Tim's Auto Repair :

ok

Tim's Auto Repair :

the injectors will not spray fuelif the computer doesnt know the engine is turning

Tim's Auto Repair :

i think you may have a bad distributer here

Tim's Auto Repair :

i can give you some tests

Customer :

ok

Tim's Auto Repair :

stand by

Tim's Auto Repair :

please understand

Tim's Auto Repair :

allot of these ecm[computers] would burn out in these

Tim's Auto Repair :

and is a possibility

Tim's Auto Repair :

but,,i think it is the distributer if the timing belt is broken

Tim's Auto Repair :

PICK_UP

Tim's Auto Repair :

When performing this test procedure, ensure work area is well ventilated, never ground coil wire near any fuel system component, and never touch the coil wire while using metal objects such as a screwdriver.
1. Remove distributor cap and rotor.
2. Disconnect coil wire from the distributor cap, then ground coil wire to the engine.
3. Ensure signal rotor teeth are off the generator pickup coil.
4. Connect a suitable voltmeter between ignition coil negative cable and engine ground to check for battery voltage.
5. Repeatedly insert and remove a flathead screwdriver between the generator pickup coil and signal rotor. Voltage reading should fluctuate, between .5--1 volt, with the screwdriver inserted.
6. If voltage does not fluctuate as specified in step 5, replace the generator assembly.

Tim's Auto Repair :

also

Tim's Auto Repair :

check the igniter

Tim's Auto Repair :

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Fig. 20 Igniter Terminal Identification


1. Remove the igniter from ignition coil bracket.
2. Assemble two 1.5 volt batteries (D cell) in series as shown in Fig. 20.
3. Connect the positive lead of the ohmmeter to terminal ``G'' of the igniter, then the negative lead to terminal ``OC.''
4. Connect battery pack to terminal ``G'' and ``IB.''
5. With voltage applied, continuity should exist.
6. Disconnect battery pack, an infinite reading should be obtained.
7. If test results are not as specified, replace the igniter assembly.
Tim's Auto Repair :

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Fig. 5 Exploded View Of Distributor


The ignition system used on this engine has an Electronic Spark Advance (ESA) system consisting of an ECM, power unit, distributor, ignition coil, crank angle sensor, Fig. 5. In the ESA system, the ECM is programmed for the best ignition timing under every engine condition. Receiving signals from various sensors which indicate the engine condition it selects the most suitable ignition timing from its memory and operates the power unit.
Tim's Auto Repair :

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