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Ford Probe Ignition

My 93 Ford Probe died and when we checked it had no spark.

We put in a used distributor and it ran for a little while. The plugs fouled up and it stoped. We have been adjusting the timing ever since, but we can get just a detonation or two and that is all. The ignition is alive and we are timing number 1 cylinder at about 10 degrees before TDC. But we still can’t get it to go.