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Engine wont start and have replaced distributor (TD31U)

Engine was jolting in time with the rev counter flicking up and down. Had been like this for months after distributor was re built by car electric engineer. This has lead to serious misfiring and has finally stopped running. Have now replaced Distributor with new TD31U but still wont start.

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  • Trevski1 Feb 13, 2009

    Hi there, thanks for your comment. There is nothing wrong with engine, compression good, camshaft ok, pistons valves etc good. This is an electrical problem - wondered if the ECU was causing problem as I've changed the distributor. Cheers



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Under the passenger side carpet where the feet go there is a computer, most likely it is the computer got wet. my car had same problem. went to junkyard and bought used one cheap and solved problem

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Your motor is fired. plain and simple. sorry to say this but it sounds like the mis firings burnt out your piston walls. this could of lead to a bent or broke camshaft which metal peices could have jammed inside the motor. creating a 'seized' feeling. sorry to put it in such plain terms, but i hope you understand.

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