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Have replaced coil. Condensor is connected to negative

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Have replaced coil. Condensor...

Have replaced coil. Condensor is connected to negative terminal. Harness in-line fuse and solenoid are all connected to positive o coil. i removed the cable running from the center of the distributor and turned the engine over. no spark.

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the engine spark at all? Is there a trouble code or is your "check engine light" on?

1968 VW beetle. No check engine light. I do not believe the engine is getting a spark.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?

Replaced coil. Replaced fuel pump.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Should I see a spark from the center of the coil.

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VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 8 months ago
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did you hold the center wire about 1/2 " from it and see with another person cranking the engine over for spark?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
no spark.
I disconnected the center wire from the distributor and held it 1/2 inch from where it enters the distributer. I also tried placeng a screwdriver the same distance from it. Also attached a test light. Negative clip to a bolt and held next to it. I am obviously a novice.
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 8 months ago

ok do you have a test light ? if so go to the coil and connect the alligator clip to ground and the other end to the negative side of the coil and crank the engine over is the light flickering? (negative side is the electrical wire on the - of the coil not the high voltage wire)

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
It does flicker.
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 7 months ago
Ok check if you have spark at the coil itself 1/2 away. Sorry for the delay family emergency
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
At the center pole I do not. Does this only spark when it is turned over? I may be interested in doing an Instant Messenger or facetime video chat. Is that a possibility. I think it would be a lot easier than all the emails if you agree. What would be the charge.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Sorry to her of your emergency. I hope all is well.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
her=hear
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 7 months ago

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