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1978 chevy chevette

Water pump went out replaced it and car won't start

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Make sure your timing belt was reinstalled properly. If your camshaft and crankshaft aren't oriented properly in relation to each other, the engine will not start. On Chevettes, the camshaft pulley has a 1/8" hole in it and the hole aligns with a hole in the cam pulley shroud. Turn the crank pulley to 0 degrees on your timing marks on the engine front cover. Make sure your distributor rotor is pointing at the #1 cylinder cap tower. Install belt and tighten the idler pulley. Good luck!

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Check engine compression. Those engines have a cylinder arrangement that looks like four drinking glasses sitting inside a cardboard box. During overheat, cylinders drop below deck height and do not seal against gasket. Non-technical repair was to draw file the deck 'till it's even with cylinder tops.
Obviously, check all of your work as well, you may have inadvertently knocked something loose that has to do with starting.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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