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1986 toyota pickup won't turn over

I had white smoke coming out of my pipe and antifreeze was disappearing fast. I researched and determined it was a head gasket seal. So I took the head off and replaced the gasket. I thought I marked everything so that I could put things back where they came from. However with everything now together, I turn the key and it makes a noise like it will start, but will not turn over and start. I check for the spark, battery, pretty new starter so that should be OK. I adjusted the timing chain according to the manual. I think I have all the hoses where they belong per Chilton's manual. What else should I check? Would trying to jump start it rule out some possible problems?



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  • Mike Nov 29, 2008

    Wow, thanks so much for the response and ideas. I can turn it over by hand. I did check to make sure that the #1 cylinder was at TDC and the rotor pointing to the #1 plug wire. I also had the starter checked and that works fine.

    Any other ideas?



  • Mike Nov 30, 2008

    Hi. The engine tries to turn over (I had the cover off and I could see it trying to turn. Makes the noise like it wants to completely start up but won't. I put the cover back on and the same thing happens.





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Will it turn over by hand, as in socket wrench on front pulley, and try to slowly turn it over. Also check that #1 cylinder on compression stroke, and TDC, your rotor under distributor cap is pointing at the plug wire tab under cap for #1 cylinder.

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    Mike Butler Nov 30, 2008

    When you say makes a sound like it will start, but will not turn over & start, do you mean the engine is not turning over to start, or it is turning over, but will not start.Sorry I think I'm getting a little confused.



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