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75 280z wont start

Old 01-10-2006, 11:04 PM
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75 280z wont start

So I just got this Z... Its my first Z and I cant get it to start....

The guy before me never could get it to start either so I got it off his hands dirt cheap

First the ECU was missing so I replaced that with a one from the same year, I replaced the plugs and the coil... I have no spark coming from the distributer but when I put a plug in the coil wire I get spark when I turn on the key... but not when I turn it over, so i figured that its not sparking over and over again because it has constant power, and I think i can back this up because it shocked the crap out of me....So im thinking maybe the distrbuter is bad... is there anyother ways to check before I go into the hassle of buying a new one, the cap is brand new also...but im not 100% positive... on the distributer theres the 3 holes in which have the metal that spins around and etc... and only 2 of the 3 have metal coming out of them?> is that maybe a sign saying its worn out i personally dont know, Im 17 and this is the first engine Ive really had to tinker with, Im a jeep guy who know drivelines like the back of my hand but has never had to learn about motors... please help me out...

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Old 01-12-2006, 01:28 PM
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The coil is okay, your distributor is bad. If the shaft isn't worn out and the vacuum advance still works, you can buy a Pertronic kit on ebay. Ask Jeremy (FAST240Z) he recently did it.
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