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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 00, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I am stumped and i need some help. I have an 85 camaro with a v6 2.8 engine and i can't get it to start after tons of hours i can't figure it out. I put in a new battery and igntion coil just to make sure, and i don't get any spark and i had a parts store check the module and it is fine, and so is the pick-up coil. All of the wires look fine to me, so i have no idea why it wouldn't start. It is turning over but won't start. I finally got so fustrated and went out today and tried it and it started no problem, but after i put the hood back on and about 15 min. later it wouldn't start so i am back to square one. Any ideas i need some help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 00, 01:02 PM
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You said you weren't getting any spark when it doesn't start. Is there any fuel getting to the engine? The ecm (computer)together with the distributor set-up(module and pick up coil) control fuel and spark. When you checked the distributor, Did it have what appeared to Bird crap on the inside? This is one sign that the pick-up coil is going south. If you get it running again, another thing to check is the ECM. Take your ECM down (don't unplug it) and give it a slap with your hand with the engine running.You might want to take it down before you try to start the car. If your car stalls out, you've probably found your culprit. I think the ECM is behind the glove box. But it might be in one of the kick panels. (it's been a while since I played with a 80's camaro)You might want to find out for sure from someone else.Good Luck and I hope this helps ya-Dan in WV
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 00, 08:05 PM
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If your distributor does not have a vaccum advance can on it, then your ecm controlls spark advance. In that case if you are SHURE everything else is correct.It may be the ecm.

Check the dist for a green lead. I think you can put a 12v test light from there to ground and crank the engine. if the light blinks your module and computer are triggering spark.
Did you check the pickup coil with an ohm meter?
Are you getting voltage TO the ignition?
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