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Engine turns over but does not crank

Just replaced clucth and flywheel it would crank and run before the replacement

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  • dusty couch Feb 05, 2009

    1. is there anyway i could have lined the clucth up wrong ?

  • dusty couch Feb 05, 2009

    sorry about the confusion but it's got fire it just won't do anything but turn over and afer a few times tryin to i then smell gas but don't see a leak

  • dusty couch Feb 05, 2009

    hey i have a flat black wire hanging from the firewall at back of the coil on the bracket where does it go ?

  • Matt Hasler May 11, 2010

    yes, you may have the clutch plate on backwards? i cannot tell i have,nt seen the clutch plate but some spline poke out on one side? or most probably the spiggot bearing ( the bearing/bush on the crank/flywheel or where the end of the shaft sits) has been crushed, jammed, or shaft misaligned on way in and caught the side of it, causing it to not quite fit in and jam up. this would stop the drivetrain from turning.

    hope it helps, anyway you have to take the gearbox of to check.

  • Matt Hasler May 11, 2010

    what do you mean, in my experience cranking and turing over are the same thing? please clarify. if you mean it turns over but dosen't fire, then i don't believe it has much to do with the clutch or flywheel.



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Your smelling gas because it's flooded, so gas isn't an issue.

sounds like no spark to me? could be something to do with that wire but i couldnt gauraantee that.

if you can pull a spark plug out and see if it sparks when you turn the engine over, but you need to hold it on the engine block or another earth on the engine otherwise it won't spark.

if it doesn't spark something is wrong with ignition system.(perhaps the wire).

If it does spark then the ignition timing is out. depends what is easier i'd be inclined to attach the wire especially if it naturally sits in that position,since it would be less time consuming than removing plugs.
but a least we have it narrowed down to the ignition system


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