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1994 Mazda Protege Question: Why won't my car start?

 

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SPBJR, Wilsonville, OR, January 26, 2013, 21:35
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94 Mazda Protege LX Sedan 1.8L DOHC tuned up, (wires,plugs cap rotor and replaced vacumn hose air intake hose to valve cover) ran great for 2 days. Engine shut down suddenly and no start. No spark, coil ok, no fuel but bypassed system and pump runs great. Tested with test light to neg side of coil while cranking but it does not light up at all. Is the ignition control module bad? in this case that means a new distributor as it is integral to distributor. Am I looking at this right?

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    January 27, 2013, 03:47
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    sounds like a bad distributor

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    SPBJR, January 27, 2013, 10:16
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    Hey, tks it seems like it, I pulled the 4 pin connector from the distributor and based on wiring diagram the distributor has good power and ground, but the ignitor leads have nothing when cranking or with just the key in the on position, therefor nothing is going to the coil when cranking. My understanding is that it must send a signal to the pcm in order for it to fire the coil and energize the pump???

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    arnoxi, December 14, 2013, 18:46
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    I'm wondering if you ever found out what happened to your car. I have a 1991 Mazda Protege LX. I have been having a hard time getting it to start for a while, but eventually it would. I was driving it today and it just stopped working while driving. It felt like everything quit working, check engine light came on, and now it's turning over but won't start. We started by checking the distributor. It had a little oil in it, but we tested the coil pack and it wasn't working. It's like I'm getting no power/spark to the coil pack and have no idea where to go from here!

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