GreetingsCustomerand welcome to JA! I will do my very best to assist you with your problem.
Pull the distributor cap and rotor. Under the rotor you will see a plastic cover,remove the cover and check to see if there is oil under it.IF there is then you need to replace the distributor.This is the cam sensor, and if there is oil in there the sensor can't function properly.Hope this helps!
You can tell me if you have a 4 or 6 cylinder engine in this. Also, ask him if he had to remove any bolts on the "coils" to get to the spark plugs. The 98 altima has a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine. The maxi is a 6 cylinder engine. This was not installed in the factory so if it has the maxi engine,someone has put it in there. Here is the altima engine.
Ok, I think the next step should be checking the ground for the distributor and coil. These are the 2 grounds you can see up by the fuel injector rail. Make sure they are clean and tight.
Also, it is possible the car is flooded. Try holding the gas pedal to the floor while cranking the engine.
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well, let me know and we can go from there!
Well, you have to check it while cranking. I think the problem is you will have to use a volt meter or a lab scope because it is the trigger wire. What I mean by that is that it is the wire from the ecm to the distributor that tells the coil to fire. It happens so fast that you can't normally see it with a test light or a voltmeter.
I want to say the car needs a distributor since it is all in one. I suspect there is coil failure. The problem is without being able to test it,I have to assume the rest is working. If the ecm is not telling the distributor to fire, you would have the same result. I think distributor because you did have spark,just weak.
if the transistor for the coil is no good then just replacing the coil isn't going to help.
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I have had good luck with these guys.