car won't start

50

Asked by Jan 31, 2014 at 11:03 PM about the 1994 Mercury Capri 2 Dr STD Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1994 Capri. A week ago I drove it to work no problems. Got in it that afternoon,
it started and died. Hasn't started since. Has new distributor call and rotor button, and
new ignition coil. Will crank, just won't fire. When I quit cranking it, there will be I single
spark. Nothing from the coiI while cranking, but will spark when I let off it. ANY IDEAS??

34 Answers

19,675

Ignition module or pick up in the distributor.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

did you check the battery to see if it's newer than five years old? and a solid connection to ground yet?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
111,065

Oh shit!!!!!!!, Look who stopped in!!!!! Glad to see you Operator_13. You have been greatly missed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

a bad ignition switch might do sometin like this~ https://www.google.com/#q=1994+Capri+ignition+switch&tbm=shop

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

yeah, that's a stupid conclusion...he already said his battery was healthy...spark is dodgy....ignition switchs will do this....and an ignition relay will drop out if there isn't sufficient chassis ground....also if it's burnt~ lets try to find one~

ok no igntion relay...no starter relay (yes solenoid)...but because this switch is a big hunkin' bugger and the car is almost twenty years old would change out this bugger....nine bucks or so, as I recall~

19,675

It is more than likely the pick up /stator in the distributor. What gives it away to me is the spark when you let off the key. I have replaced several for this condition.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
50

Where is the ignition switch located at on this car?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

Tuff4x4 there is no fire leaving to ignition coil and going to the distributor. So it couldn't be the pick up could it?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
19,675

You have it backwards It has to see signal from the pick up in the distributor before the coil will fire.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
50

Well, when I unhooked the wire leaving the coil any going to the distributor, powering the distributor, it wouldn't spark until I let off it.

19,675

Exactly. This is what a bad stator/pick up does.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
50

When I uncooked it the way u are talking about, there was nothing.

19,675

The pick up is down inside the distributor. I am not talking about the coil wire. The stator sends the signal through the electrical wiring for the coil from the distributor to fire. It is probably cheaper and faster just to buy a new distributor than replace the stator because you have to completely disassemble the distributor to change it.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
50

I hate auto text. There is no fire coming from distributor at all. But when I uncool the wire coming from coil to the distributor, I will get a spark from the coil before it gets to distributor. Trying to fully explain, not trying to be hateful. I am thankful for the help.

50

Can't buy distributor. Can't find for under 300. Will scrap car before I pay that!

19,675

Yes I understand but what I am saying is the signal comes from the stator in the distributor to the coil, it fires and goes to the distributor cap then out to each plug wire.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
50

Could I get one from junk yard?

50

Well get one and it work?

19,675

Yes and you are right they are HIGH. - eBay item number:- 181296881274 - $135.00 USED

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
19,675

it should fire right up.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
19,675

See if you can find one used local.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
50

I know of a junk yard that should have one. Thank you!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

okay some 94 models have an ignition diode pack~

50

How do I change the pickup? Can't get rotor off

19,675

Pull distributor, drive roll pin out of gear, remove gear, drive shaft up out of distributor. Replace pick up.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

Any advice on best way to do this?

50

Never done this, can't seem to get pin to move

19,675

Put the shaft in a vice and spray the pin with penetrating oil. Then use a hammer and punch to drive it out.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
50

Shaft will easily be driven about 1/2 inch, then refuses to go further. Sprayed with penetrating oil, still stuck

19,675

With the 1/2" movement can you get to the bolts to take out the pick up?

50

Has new distributor, new ignition coil, new ignition. No fire.

19,675

Check the small ground wire at the battery for corrosion or broken. Check the connector in it too.

50

Will a computer off a mazda 323 work on a Capri?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • car won't start 34 answers

    I have a 1994 Capri. A week ago I drove it to work no problems. Got in it that afternoon, it started and died. Hasn't started since. Has new distributor call and rotor button, and new ignition coil....

    1994 Mercury Capri 2 Dr STD Convertible

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car wont start, please help! 4 answers

    we put the car in storage, gutted the interior, my dad did something to disable the fuel pump from working because he was worried of it getting stolen. we cant find what he did now. it isnt the trun...

    Mercury Capri

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car will not start 3 answers

    Drove car into the pole barn. Replaced the brakes and rotors. Wheel assemblies were stuck and had to use alot of force to remove from the hubs. Completed the job ready to roll. Car will not start. Wi...

    1991 Mercury Capri 2 Dr STD Convertible

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My car will start one time a day. The check engine light comes on when you put the key in the run position. Then you start the car and when you shut it off the light won't come back on and no start 2 answers

    When the check engine light comes on with the key, car starts, then when you shut car off and turn key back on light doesn't come back on. This all started when I connected the battery backwards

    1991 Mercury Capri

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • rough idle at start up 1 answer

    car starts fine but idles rough when cold

    Mercury Capri

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Capri

Looking for a Used Capri in your area?

CarGurus has 29 nationwide Capri listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Mercury Capri Questions

Mercury Capri Experts

#1 jogger
jogger
Reputation 270
#2 tuff4x4
tuff4x4
Reputation 190
#3 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 110
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
541 Great Deals out of 45,846 listings starting at $1,999
Used Mercury Cougar
194 listings
Used Chevrolet Camaro
243 Great Deals out of 31,194 listings starting at $369
Used Pontiac Firebird
4 Great Deals out of 768 listings starting at $1,791
Used Mercury Grand Marquis
30 Great Deals out of 1,835 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Caprice
151 listings starting at $10,900
Used Chevrolet Corvette
149 Great Deals out of 20,684 listings starting at $3,995
Used Toyota Avalon
200 Great Deals out of 12,905 listings starting at $1,600

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.