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1993 Mercury Villager won't start

My 1993 Mercury Villager with 340,000 miles died while backing out of a parking space. It started running very rough then died and would not start. After I got it home and started looking into the problem, I found that the timing belt tension pulley bearings had come apart causing the timing belt to run loose. I suspected that the timing belt had jumped timing so I replaced the timing belt tension pulley and installed a new timing belt. I was careful to make sure the timing marks on both cam pulleys and the crank pulley were lined up with the marks on the belt cover and the marks on the belt. I thought this would fix the problem, but now it will not act like it wants to fire when starting. I replaced the distributor rotor and confirmed that the wires are firing.
Any ideas on what I could check next?

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  • Steve in KY Dec 17, 2008

    Good question, I pulled the #6 spark plug, (because it was easy to get to), then put a straightened piece of coat hanger wire in the spark plug hole to determine when the piston was TDC. I used a wrench and turned the crank shaft until the wire moved up, then just started back down.
    Then with #6 piston at TDC, I re-installed the distributor so that the rotor pointed at the #6 plug wire position. ( I had removed the distributor so I could get the valve cover off to confirm the cam was moving during my initial troubleshooting.)
    Maybe I have it 180 degrees out? After my helper, (wife), stopped trying to start it, the intake blows one of the vacuum lines off it's connection.

  • Steve in KY Dec 28, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion to check if the timing was 180 degrees out, it WAS. Also, I had two plug wires switched so that made it run rough when it finally did start.

    My Villager is back on the road with 340,000 miles, heading for 400k.

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    Steve I would like to try and help you but a couple of questions, How do you know you had it on the right stroke when you aligned the timing gears. Also, does it ever sound like it fires at all and if it does it it through the intake or exhaust.



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Glad I could help, sounds like your figured it out on your on,

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