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Re: 1981 Jeep Cherokee - no start
that defies logic.
make sure that the little springy thing on the rotor is in contact with the contact in the top center of the distributer cap.
if it is, then either the connection is failing at from where the wire connects on top of the cap, or where the rotor connects it to a sparkplug terminal.
your right its a very simple device, its just a path of electricity
are you sure the cap is on correctly? oreiented on the positioning LUG, and DOWN all of the way?
if all o fhte above check out, and you still dont have a spark at the plugs while having a spark to the distributer cap, then you have a bad componnet in between that we are assuming to be good, rotor,cap, or wires.
unless its too weak to travel that far ( I dont think its likely)
were you wearing a glove when you did this? did it bite you pretty good if you were leaning against the car? a good strong spark? white,blue,yellow colored spark?
its simple, you will figure it out.
keep us posted, im curious.
feel free to email or ask away, im no expert, but Ill be glad to help.
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