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1994 Mazda Protege Question: What is the best way to test the "hall effect" distributor?



SPBJR, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Wilsonville, OR, January 26, 2013, 22:31

1994 Mazda Protege LX Sedan 1.8L DOHC. I just put plugs, wires, cap & rotor on it, changed the oil and replaced a small vac hose (air intake hose to val cover). Ran wonderful for two days and still running great last night pulled out of a parking lot and it just died. No start,towed home started troubleshooting. No Spark and no fuel. Coil had proper resistence as per chilton manual ran test battery positive to neg side of coil,cranked but no light. Also jumped old OBD1 module F/P to ground and relay kicked and fuel pump fired right up. Sooooo now where do I start on the Distributor above. (noticed MIL lamp is not operating as I tried jump 10 pin in diag box to check code as I do not have an OBD1 scanner). All guidance appreciated.

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    South Shores Auto Service (17 Answers) , Decatur, IL - (217) 383-0587
    SSAS1 January 26, 2013, 23:33

    unfortunately, you have to have a sensor tester to verify the hall effect sensor of the distributor. you can purchase a basic sensor tester from KAL equipment for around $100 I believe

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    BZBEST Mobile Mechanics (10 Answers) , Portland / Vancouver, WA - (360) 433-9592
    bzbest January 27, 2013, 00:28

    Use a meter on the AC setting.

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    goodguy, January 27, 2013, 06:54

    replace the distributor

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