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Not starting ive got spark in every cylinder. I also cleaned the contact points in the distributor. the engin is getting gas because after i try to start it i crank it a couple of times and pull the plugs out its coverd in gas. the engin was out of time so my dad put it back in time. The timing belt is loose on oneside but tight on the other anything wrong there? but ive even tried spraying either in each cylinder to try to get it to fire. anything im overlooking like a sensor? ?

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    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    from reading your symptoms , i think the question to ask yourself is why is it flooding , is this a fuel injected or carburetor engine ? a carburetor might have a stuck choke , sunk float , for example , and a fuel injection engine might have a leaking fuel pressure regulator , among other things . a timing belt will always have tension on the rotation side of the belt . spraying ether into a flooded engine is not going to help maters . a weak spark may show symptoms of a flooding engine also .

    J5

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Reck timing when installing belt belt should be tight on none tensioner side should be lose on tensioner side till u release tensioner then every thing should be even there should a little slack when turning crank after cking that go under dash above steering wheel and ck the main relay u might want to invest in abook for car if u havent already good luck and let know what happens

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