Remove the plug wire at the spark plug, insert a #2 Phillips screwdriver into the plug boot, hold about 1/4 inch away from ground/engine, and crank the starter. If you have a BLUE spark jumping the gap, its good to go. Easiest statement to remember, "BLUE IS BEST"
Easiest way to check is to have the person you hate the most hold the end of the plug wire in one hand and touch engine with the other and start. If the person yells, then you have spark.........LOL
Niether a DMM or a test light will work. The DMM will go poof! The test light requires more current than most ignition systems can provide besides the fact that the spark is a quick pulse that will never light the filiment.
Dnult, A test light works just fine. Your not trying to light the bulb, just provide a ground for the spark. All you need to do is connect the test lamps clamp to a solid ground, isolate the spark plug boot, crank the engine while holding the pointy, probe end of the light 1/2" or so from the terminal inside the boot. If you see a spark jumping from the probe on the light to the terminal in the wire, your good to go.
When I was in the business, I used this method a lot for testing at the coil tower on DIS cars or on upside down GM HEI distributor caps, on these cars it's a lot easier to bring the ground to the coil than to bring the coil to the ground.
I like just taking the spark plug out and plugging it back into the wire -- then just hold the side of the plug to the engine block. When you crank the car you will see the spark jump across the plug gap.
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