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Unable to verify timing on an 89 wrangler 2.5L

Wrangler I just bought wont start- timing issues.  My chilton manual picture shows  I should have 48 pins on my timing chain- I count 64. Did someone put the wrong chain and sprockets in?  It started and ran a couple days ago, but it ran like the timing was off a bit, so i tore into the timing cover. I cannot even get it to fire at all, even with ether. I line up my marks on the crankshaft and the camshaft put my distributor in, put #1 on top dead center and it wont start. I have spark in all of my plugs, new cap and rotor/ wires. I am lost and frustrated. My local jeep mechanic basically  just says good luck.

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When I rebuilt my 89 2.5L I did all of the steps correctly, like you were saying, put #1 cylinder on TDC, and distributor on #1. Cranked the engine, no fire, darn! Turns out I was 180 degrees off on my timing, oops. Easy fix, just rotate the engine and reset the distributor for TDC on #1 again. Good luck!

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Are you sure you bought the right timing chain and gears? if the chilton says one things and you count differently then you could have bought the wrong set . just something to consider is all

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