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I have a 1986 toyota corolla that ran perfectly until I pulled the distributor to change the o-ring. It will not start now, I have tested the voltage on the primary and secondary coil windings which test out good. I thought it might be fuel so I pulled the carburetor and put a kit into it with the same results. The car will turn over great but won't start. I even put a timing light on it and confirmed I had a spark. I have ensured that my vacuum lines are all correct and reset the distributor timing from the book from the timing lost condition. How I did this was to get the engine at TDC and installed the distributor as the chiltons manual showed. This car has the 4A-LC engine with a manual transmission, it has always ran great it now has 293,000 miles on it and would like to add more. I also pulled the timing belt cover off to insure its intact.

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Hi steamer2008.

If you still haven't gotten this solved, try rotating the engine 360° and line up the timing mark to TDC. Remove the distributor cap and check that the rotor is pointing at the #1 electrode of the distributor cap. If it isn't, remove the distributor and reinstall. Again, check that the rotor is pointing at the #1 electrode. You may have to rotate the distributor a little to get the timing just right. Should start up.

I also have a 1986 Corolla and it just turned over 300,000 miles. What carburetor kit did you use. Mine has never been overhauled.

Good luck

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Are you sure you didn't damage the distributor connector? check it carefully, lock into the distributor for any pin problems there, or better yet buy a rebuilt distributor, I am sure the issue is there.

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Sounds like your timing out
Pull the timing case cover off. Simple job three bolts
Line the marks up on the cam wheel to marks on the head
That\'s number 1 top dead centre
put dizzy back in facing no 1 on electrode
and suck squeeze bang it\'s away again

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