It's a tough call, but the one we did a couple of months ago, had a bad computer. It would run good for a few minutes, and then start running rough, as if there was a load being placed on the engine. Then of course, it would cough and die. Have you checked the ignition module? It's the plate that the coils sit on, that has the wires connected to it. Most junk yards sell the complete coil pack (mount, ignition module and both coils) for 25-35.00 $.
try replacing the ignition module inside the distribuetor.
I'm wondering if a locksmith is capable of getting your ignition lock cylinder to rotate to the on/run position so the ignition lock cylinder release can be depressed to remove it ? I'm also wonderering what they would charge for that service, because I was charged $30.00 and taxes to open my door lock on my house.
A few things you can check is to take a DMM and check your plug wires for excessive resistance. something else you can do is check to see if you even have power getting to your ignition module to power the coils.
Replacement parts and keys can be bought from custom or restoration websites and catalogues. I suggest getting a matched door and ignition set. The link provided is for Rock auto, I use them for some Jeep stuff, it is a place to start. Otherwise a locksmith can rekey some locks, and a good one can reconstruct a key from the cylinder, but those options are all more expensive than just replacing the ignition cylinder and lock cylinders.
Check to see if you are getting spark (coil) and fuel
Your ignition key may be too worn down, the car dealership can probably make you a new one. Another cause may be worn lock cylinder parts (springs, etc.) or there could be dirt/sand in the cylinder.
I had this problem and took my 1990 cavalier to a shop. Nothing came up on diagnostic so they decided my ignition module and coil packs needed to be replaced. This fixed my problem but costed me around 450.00!
Dry cylinder has 2 definition 1 no fuel is getting to the cylinder 2 no oil getting to it
This just happenned to me. I was getting a code PO300. It turned out to be the ignition control module. It cost 78.00 at autozone and only took 10 minutes to replace.
The #1 cylinder is located closest to the front of engine, which is where the pulley that drives serpentine belt is. Ensure injector is getting pulse before replacing.
If getting no spark, it could be your spark plug wire is bad or your coil pack. say 3 and 6 getting no sparks, that means your coil pack is bad and you need to replace. if you getting no sparks after replacing new coil pack, it could be your ignition module.
Standard tools, nothing special. The problem is getting to the core, and removing it. This is a very difficult job. Take your time and remove whatever is necessary to gain access.