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When Replacing timing chain & gears , the timing is all off.

I am replacing a timing chain and gears in a 93 dodge dakota 3.9 liter 6 cylinder. When I line up the marks on both the sprockets, the distributor is pointing opposite of where it supposed to be, what should I do ?

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  • nitervyn May 26, 2009

    i did not type the thanks for trying, must be a default thing through this website, Don't know why you wanna get so upset, with that kind of attitude, I probably don't want to work with you anyway.

  • nitervyn May 26, 2009

    Doesn't really answer my question, vehicle is tore down and cannot be started at this point.

  • nitervyn May 28, 2009

    thank you i tried this and it worked .

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  1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  2. Remove distributor cap.
  3. Bring No. 1 cylinder to top dead center (TDC) , by slowly turning the engine until the timing mark on the crankshaft vibration damper li
    1. Rotor should be aligned with CYL. NO. 1 mark on camshaft position sensor. If not, rotate engine 360 degrees.
    2. Disconnect camshaft position sensor electrical connector.
    3. Mark position of distributor housing to engine block.
    4. Remove distributor hold-down bolt and clamp.
    5. Remove the distributor from the engine.
    INSTALLATION

    NOTE: If engine has been rotated since distributor removal, turn engine clockwise until No. 1 cylinder is at TDC of compression stroke.

    1. Clean top of block around distributor opening.
    2. Replace O-ring on distributor housing, and lube with clean motor oil.
    3. Install rotor on distributor shaft
    4. Position distributor into its original position. Engage distributor shaft with slot in oil pump drive gear.
    5. Turn distributor until rotor is aligned with CYL. NO. 1 mark on camshaft position sensor.
    6. Install distributor hold-down bolt and clamp and tighten.
    7. Connect camshaft position sensor electrical connector.
    8. Install distributor cap.
    9. Connect negative battery cable.nes up with zero on front cover timing scale
    10. sounds like dist is 180 degrees out. try this.

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The crank is 360 degrees out. There is 2 times when number one piston reaches top dead center, the first is when it is about to start its power stroke the other time is when it's just finished the exhaust stroke. If you can confirm with a screwdriver that the piston number 1 is at top dead center and the match marks line up, then take out the distributor and line it up in the correct position, you may need to adjust this a bit to get the engine running, when the engine is running zero the timing. You may have to look in the workshop manual to find out how to zero the timing. It's no major problem just bear in mind that the crank rotates 2 times for every one time of the cam, your just on the opposite rotation than what it was originly.

Posted on May 26, 2009

  • Dudeman321 May 27, 2009

    Make sure piston one is at its highest travel (screwdriver through plug hole). Make sure the match marks are lined up. Remove distributor and rotate it and reinstall so that it roughly points to piston one position (try to be as accurate as possible). If you follow these steps your timing will be fine. If you want me to clarify on anything let me know, but I believe I have answered your question.

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This is due to being set on the decompression stroke rather than the compression stroke,If the belt/chain is still off just tune the cams over 180 degrees to line it up,or the crank 180 degrees,If the the belt/chain is already installed,You can pull the distributor and rotate it 180 degrees instead and achive the same goal.

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    Randy Hough May 26, 2009

    Only other solution besides the ones listed above is to remove the timing chain turn the 180 degrees to TDC and reinstall the chains the proper way.

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This procedure will work to time your engine "by ear" for 3.9 litre dodge dakota. This is a temporary procedure that will work until you get the engine timed with a timing gun or other device. (1) Loosen the distributor hold-down bolt just enough so that you can turn the distributor by hand (preferably on the snug side is good, you don't want it loose). Return distributor to its original position after checking for rotation after loosening hold-down bolt.
(2) Start the vehicle and let it idle long enough to reach normal operating temperature (approx 5 min).
(3) With the engine running at idle, and being careful not to get caught by any moving parts (fan, fan belts, etc.), slowly rotate the distributor in one direction until the engine starts to miss, then slowly turn it to the opposite direction to get the same results. Set the distributor midway between both points or where you get the best "purr" of the engine. You dont want to set it at a very advanced position as it may eventually damage the engine.
(4) Turn off vehicle and re-tighten the distributor hold-down bolt. R-start the vehicle to make sure the distributor did not move while the hold-down bolt was being tightened.

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I have the manual in front of me the timing marks and it should look like this, the cam gear mark pointed straight down and the crank gear pointed straight up, that is to say the two marks are above and below each other in a straight line, if this is the case and # 1 cylinder valves are closed (top dead center) then move the distributor 180 degrees so the rotor is pointed at the #1 distributor cap contact, but make sure the engine is at #1 TDC, if u are not sure pull the valve cover and check, remember #1 cyl is the 1st one of the right hand bank as you face the engine from the front bumper. go to the link below for photo layout of cylinders if u need to see this. I have the factory service manual, if u are unclear call me at 925-577-7157, Dennis
http://autorepair.about.com/library/firing_orders/bl-fo-7837.htm

Posted on May 26, 2009

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    This is the correct info straight from the service manual, what is with the Thanks for trying? heck even gave u my number if u didn't get the info. Oh well.

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