The only problem is, when you turn the distributor shaft, the shaft doesnt line back up with the cam. On these models, the distributor only goes in one way, eliminating the posibility of 180* out. There isnt enough play in the distributor to get is even remotely close to the #1 spot.
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Re: regards to timing problem
If you can't get it close to #1 position by turning the distributor you have somethhing off. Double check your timing marks. Manualy turn the engine over 360* and line up your timing marks again. if you don't have a manual , here's a site to go to and download the specific area of the manual that you need. It'll give you timing mark alignment and distributor position. www.pauldesign.ru/honda/shopmanual.html
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HI Chuck! The cam position sensor is inside the distributor on the quest. If the cam sensor has gone bad you need to replace the distributor assembly as it is not servicable. Before replacing the distributor, take the cap off and make sure the rotor is turning when you crank the engine. If it is not then check the timing belt as the distributor is driven by the cam shaft. If the belt is broken the cam shaft will not turn and you could get this code.The cam sensor is located under the plastic cover located under the rotor button
Bring cyl #1 up to top dead on the compression stroke. Line up crank pulley timing mark up to zero on the timing indicator. Line up the rotor on the distributor to point to #1 on the rotor cap. Put distributor in slowly making sure you pick up the oil pump shaft while engaging the cam gear. If the oil pump shaft doesn't doesn't line up the distributor will not drop all the way in. Now but mount bolt back in but do not tighten. Hook up timing lite, start engine and move distributor to line up the correct timing mark then tighten distributor mount bolt.
If the Pontiac engine is similar to the small block Chevy, you have, I believe, a hexagonal shaft that runs from the end of the distributor shaft down to the oil pump. This is turned when the distributor shaft is turned by the meshing gears on the camshaft and distributor shaft. I would say that you are probably going to have to re-time the engine. Find TDC, then replace the distributor. It won't matter a whit to the oil pump if the gears are one or two teeth off, but it will matter a great deal if you distributor is not installed so it can be adjusted a few degrees when you get to "fine timing" the engine.
You should be able to download information on how to time the engine (finding TDC, etc.). Failing that, a trip to the library may be in order.
Make shore valve timing is correct compression test all cylinders same new spark plugs set ignition timing check ignition leads and vacuum hoses adjust tappets .make sure crank shaft on TDC cam shaft on number one cylinder valves close and cam pulley on marks belt tide fit distributor firing number one cylinder line up rotor and distributor cup lead to that .
the cam shaft positioning sensor is where the distributor used to be. the cam turns the distributor.you probably don't have a distributor and now there is a cam position sensor in its place. assuming you have distributors ignition,and coil packs.if it has a distributor, the sensor is located under the rotor and is held by 2 screws, but in order to remove it, you have line up the the notch in the mounting plate for the rotor with the sensor or you wont be able to get it out, its a very tight fit.
Hope it helps also if you need more info let me know, also vehicle make and model and year will help better give you location.
Your distributor shaft is normaly driven by your cam so if your cam is turning the problem is somewhere between the cam and the rotor.
Most probably inside the distributor, the shaft that connects the rotor to the cam is not a sollid shaft, it is split within the distributor in order to accomodate the ignition timing advance function.
It is most probable at this point inside the distributor that the shaft has broken. this will require a new distributor or a recon unit.
Turn the rotor by hand and see if it turns freely whilst holding the shaft, if so you have found your problem, sometimes it turns quite stif but turns none the less.
the cam shaft positioning sensor is where the distributor used to be.
the cam turns the distributor.you probably dont have a distributor and
now there is a cam position sensor in its place. assming you have
distributerless ignition,and coil packs.
if it has a distributor, the sensor is located under the rotor
and is held by 2 screws, but in order to remove it, you have line up
the the notch in the mounting plate for the rotor with the sensor or
you wont be able to get it out, its a very tight fit.
Let's back up. On top of the distributor with the cap removed there is an "8" and a "6" on the edge. With the harmonic balancer set with its' mark lined up with the timing pointer of the timing chain cover, the tip of the rotor should be lined up with the "6". If not, remove the hold down bolt, raise the distributor until the rotor can be turned, rotate rotor and set down until rotor of tip lines up with "6". See if it cranks normally then. A worn distributor gear (sharp edges) will also set this code and cause starting problems.
This is the tricky part... as I mentioned in my solution, When you install the distributor, the shaft will turn because of the gears. You are going to have to pull the distributor just enough so that the gears aren't meshing together and turn the shaft.take notice of which way the shaft turns when you remove the distributor. Once the gears aren't meshing, turn the shaft to the #1 position and go a little past the #1 position in the opposite way that the shaft turned.install the distributor and see where the rotor sits then.if it is still not in the right place, pull it again and go one gear tooth at a time until the rotor lines up with the #1 position. Hope this helps. If you still need more info or clarification, don't hesitate to ask.