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Sounds like you have a failed reference mark sensor. I would pick one up at the local parts store and stick it in myself. Should be an easy fix.
I bet it arcs every time right when you let off the key- common problem with the ignition switch. The starter circuit is energized but not the ECM circuit.
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Let me know exactly where you are up too on this and then we can progress... What has been mentioned is a common issue - that of a faulty ignition electrical contact switch - replacement is the only answer if that proves to be the case... Other than that - you can have a bad connection on the ign circuit or a faulty sensor.
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Let's do a test- set up the center wire from the coil to the distributor to do a spark test. You want to test from this main wire instead of a plug wire as this test will not involve cranking the engine.
Disconnect the distributor, you will be addressing the three pin connector you have disconnected.
The distributor has a hall effect sender, with a magnet and a toothed wheel. This creates a pulsed signal. You will be taking the distributor out of the equation, creating this signal yourself, to test the other parts of this system.
So, with the key on, using a wire jumped directly from battery positive, tap RAPIDLY on the center pin of the connector. You should see the spark arc, as you are sending the signal to the ECM.
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I dont know why the expert that answered you before, the one that opted out, has come back in again.. I have asked him bit received no response -
Too - you have not replied to me at all re what I said above - if you want / need to carry on with this please just let me know, or you can opt to close the question.