1987 Dodge Dakots 3.9L V-6 2x4 automatic 132000 mi
Vehicle has run rough since purchased 4 months ago.
Signs of gas leacking from intake manifold gasket.
"pings" when going up a hill or grade or when accelerating
from start to about 40 mph.
DOES NOT "ping" going down hill or at highway speeds.
YESTERDAY while driving there was a "pop" maybe like a backfire.
After that, no start.
Friends came and checked a spark plug...no spark.
Checked the coil, voltage both sides of coil.
I presumed they were telling me that the "Pickup coil"
in the distributor was bad.
Today, my friend called and asked if I had checked the
"Ignition module" "also".
I said no...doesn't have an "ignition module" it has a
"spark control module/computer mounted to the wheel well.
He said: "Well you need to check that too"
I said: "Maybe I can do it by "elimination" IS THE TEST
for the pickup coil NO RESISTANCE when read with an ohmeter?
HE said: "Dunno, I think it was that way with the Mazda P.U.
I helped you with a while back (landlady's truck) but I think
it varies from mfr to mfr."
How do I test the "pickup coil" "Pickup module" inside the distributor
and how do I test the "spark control module/computer mounted to the
How do I methodically test and eliminate these two "things"
so I don't buy parts I don't need.
I'm a disabled minister, not yet receiving disability and I cannot
afford both parts and / or to buy unnecceasry parts.
Thanks so very much.