Crank Position sensor

Quattro8880 at Quattro8880 at
Wed Jul 28 21:51:39 EDT 2004

> I'm trying to chase down a no spark situation on my 88 80q. In
> speaking with a mechanic, he informed me of a crank position sensor
> that could be my culprit. Can any one tell me where this is and
> possibly how to test it ?

>There isn't a crank position sensor per se on your car, but the Hall 
>sender on the distributor does tell the ignition computer when to fire a 
>spark.  These are a bit prone to damage, breakage, esp. to the small 
>wires that are between the connector and the pickup itself inside the 
>distributor.  You might take a look at that and see if anything is amiss.

>Also, the ignition computer is hidden under the passenger side kick 
>panel (just ahead of the door), and can get damaged if there are any 
>water leaks running down into that area.

The problem is that I have no spark and I can't figure out why. I tested the 
resistance on the coil, between the side terminals < 1ohm. Between each side 
terminal and the high tension connection >10kohms. The only other thing it 
could be is the cable that runs from the coil to the distributor cap. It's got 2k 
ohms of resistance and I can't get anyone on the list to test theirs to tell 
me if that's regular, and the parts store doesn't carry just single cables.... 
I'll have to take a trip to the junk yard this weekend.

I had a problem with the hall sensor, the connector broke off the side of the 
distributor, but the car still ran. That's how this all started. I took the 
distributor off to repair the hall sensor connector, and now I can't get the 
car to run again.

I pulled the codes before I took the dist off, and had a hall sensor code. I 
can't pull them now because I can't get the car started - right ?



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