Re: 1997 5.7L Merc EFI turns over but no spark. HELP!
Testsfor Thunderbolt IV Ignition:
W/ignition key on AND BILGE WELL VENTILATED OF GAS FUMES!!!
#1 - Connect your voltmeter neg. lead to the engine ground and pos. lead to thewhite/red wire terminal at the dist. It should read 12 volts.
#2 - If 12 volts is present, remove the coil spark wire from the distributorand connect it to a spark gap tester to ground. Remove the white/green leadfrom the dist. terminal. Turn the ign. key to on and strike the white/greenlead to ground. If there is spark, replace the ignition sensor in the dist.
#3 - If there is no spark, substitute a new coil and repeat test #2. Now if youget spark, install a new coil. NO SPARK, replace ign. amp.
#4 - In #2, if there is No voltage present, disconnect the white/red wire and checkit again for 12 volts. If 12 volts is present, replace the ignition sensorinside the dist. cap. If no 12 volts present w/it disconnected--ignitionamplifier is shot and must be replaced
Fix minor things (replace wear items for preventative maintenance.) that cause major problems before they break.