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Will replacing an electronic spark control module distributor with a bypassed standard one help an 85 Chevy Van 305 V8 that cranks but will not start?


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2004-12-01 17:14:55
2004-12-01 17:14:55

One needs to look at the module in the distributor (test it)and the ESC system (sensor, module, and harness connection). Replacing the whole ignition system is expensive and much more than swapping style of distributor.

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