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Car won't start after timing belt change

I just put in a new water pump and timing belt, changed the battery and set all the timing and my 2001 highlander will crank but won't start. Why?

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  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    yes - timing is now corrected - engine cranks but now no fire. why?

  • wspali May 09, 2009

    yes - now engine cranks but won't fire. why?

  • wspali May 09, 2009

    the timing is correct - engine cranks but now there's no fire. why?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    The timing is not aligned correctly?  Place number one cylinder on top dead enter on the compression stroke. Is the rotor now pointing to that cylinder? 



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Don't forget the ground wires.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009


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Some thing is not back together correctly. How aout the ground wires on the intake. These are a must. Check for spark and fuel. Hope this helps

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SOURCE: engine cranks car won't start

Sorry..... 1 notch off is just not good enough. It has to be exact , then if it doesn't run start looking at other posibilities.

Remember that the camshaft turns twice eash time the crank turns once. The distributor rotor works off a gear on the cam.
Your rotor could be off a bit , or it could look exactly perfect the way it was when tou took it out , and still be 180 degrees off.
You have to get your engine to "top dead center" and make sure everything is the way it should be.

A timing chain ( or belt ) can cause permanent and fatal damage to the valve train and pistons in motors that are "interference engines" Find out weather yours is. In a non-interference engine , the clearance between the valves and the pistons is large enough to alow them to move out of time without crashing into each other. An interference engine is not so forgiving.

The fact that your engine cranks makes me hopefull that it is a non interference engine , and that damage has not been done.

Try to find a haynes manual for you vehicle , it will walk you through the steps for most repairs.

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