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December 31, 2012, 7:03 pm

Robert W

Question: 87 nissan will not fire. has fresh gas ,

it will turn over but wont fire---where is fuse box

January 6, 2013, 11:37 am

Ron W
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May be the Crank Position Sensor is not working well. It sends out the RPM signal to the PCM. If it is bad, there is no RPM signal, and the PCM may not command the ignition module to fire the plugs. It could also be the ignition module or pick up coil as well.

I wold expect the fuse box is either under the hood or in the dash. I'd need to see it to locate it for you.

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January 11, 2013, 6:08 pm

Robert W

what is a crank position, sensor. where is it located. where is the ignition module. i checked the fuses. they look good. i don't see or smell gas. how do you check a coil. the only test equip i have is a ohm / volt meter. i have no help, that makes it hard to do test procedures. i want to thank you, for all your help, i will just keep trying.

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January 12, 2013, 9:42 am

Ron W
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The Crank Position Sensor sends out the RPM signal to the PCM. If it is bad, there is no RPM signal, and the PCM will not command the injectors to fire. You would need to find the output signal wire and check it with a digital storage oscilloscope to see if it is sending out a signal.

I'd need to see the vehicle to tell you where the components are located.

There are probably online sources with instruction guides on the internet. Google "free online repair guides" and you should be able to find some service information.

If you need a step by step procedure, you will have to buy a service manual for the vehicle.

Also check youtube as many people have posted videos of simple repairs

Since you don't really have adequate diagnostic tools, I would suggest just changing the crank position sensor (Most are under $50.) and go from there.

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January 15, 2013, 7:09 pm

Robert W

where is the crank position sensor located on 87 nissan truck d21 v-6

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