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1992 geo tracker firing order diagram

Recently completed head gasket repair on 92 geo tracker 8 valve, 1.6L engine. Everything is reassembled. Checked compression and it is low per specs in haynes manual but the engine is not at operating temp because I can't get it to start. New plugs and wires, new timing belt and tension pulley. Its getting spark and fuel. Wires are in the proper firing order per the manual, 1,3,4,2. It sputters a bit, and a little back firing but will not quite ignite and run. Any advice?

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    Joseph Shinn Mar 19, 2014

    Update to my problem. Car is now starting and stays running! Just made small adjustments to the distributor and it finally fired up. New problem. Within 20 seconds of running and idling, oil smoke is coming out of the exhaust side of the motor. I don't know if it is just burning off residual oil or if there is a bigger problem. Once I got it started and noticed the smoking, I turned it off cause I didn't know if there was a significant problem that could cause damage if I left it running. Can anyone tell me why it might be burning oil?

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    residue. and old kicks the dizzy leaks down the bell and to the left side and lands on the exhaust, all this old , not fixed do that, ALL. its the 2 dizzy O-rings, bad, they will be found hard as rocks, and quite useless and or the valve cover, and same reasons.. exactly. tail pipe some is one thing, oil drippig to the manifold is another. i bet the bell housing is soaked in oil.. see link below.

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    one is on the end of the dizzy, and one for the housing.

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    see the timing page to get the spark dead on.

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    the degrees spec, is up under hood , the EPA sticker. see it?

  • Joseph Shinn
    Joseph Shinn Mar 20, 2014

    Thanks, Fossil! Your advice about the o-rings looks to be correct. There is definitely oil coming from the housing. One more question. My manual doesn't have specs about removing the distributor housing. I know its on the head, but should I drain oil before removing? Also, are there torque specs? And I don't have access to a timing light and I simply can't afford one at $150, especially when I'll probably never use it again. If I wanted to get the timing dead on, how much would a shop charge for this?



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There are 2 engines, watch out those rag books mix them in a toxic soup. ( a real FSM is cheap and far better (ask)
8v it the TBI engine, single injector. I restored a 91 to mint, condition.
why not use numbers, low means zero, 150PSI wide open throttle is normal, and more warm or hot.
the 8v dizzy turns backwards from the 16v
your rotor turns CW, clock wise, crank it and watch it....
so the wires must be laid down per last link below.
if lots of advice, in fact could get it going in 1hr or less. hands on.
when you put the belt in, did you use the right marks?
there are false marks there for other engine usage.
the 60a mark is correct the 80c is wrong.
if you get that wrong, there is no hope. thus this page

here is the dizzy page

easy huh? TDC 0 deg. #1 firing, rotor at red dot.

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hi there.... double check that all your timing marks are correct with the #1 cylinder at tdc. make sure that the distributor iscorrect also.check that the rotoris at the #1 wire when your at tdc.
If everything is good and you still can't start it, try rotating the distributor clock wise or counterclockwise and see if it will start. turn the distributor small amounts though. Hope this helps you

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SOURCE: 1992 geo tracker will not run

The ECM has a blown capacitor inside it for opening the injector you will most likly need to get it rebuilt, buy a new ,or used ECM had the same problem with my sidekick.

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SOURCE: 1992 Geo Prizm wont start

It could very well be your problem. What you have to do is unwrap the bundle and trace that wire back until you find where it comes from or it stops looking melted part way through the bundle then look at all the other wires close to that spot for burnt spots or insulation worn off and cover them with electrical tape. Cut the burnt wire off and replace it with one the same size,making sure you tape up the splice, and run it back to the engine where it started.
If it goes back to a fuse or switch check them out to make sure they are good. A fuse could have burned out when the wire overheated or a switch could be bad and made it burn. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: i have a 92 geo tracker but will not start,

If you look in the engine compartment and on top of the engine you will see a fuel rail which is connected to the fuel injectors and at the end of the rail closest to the front of the engine you will see a bolt head I think about 5/8 or so wrench. Take it loose and turn the ignition key on and off to see if there is any fuel coming from the fuel rail.No need to actually try to start it just turn key on and off to activate the fuel pump. This is easiest with 2 people but you will be able to see if it is wet when you return to the engine compartment. Please just be sure you have no source of fuel ignition such as a hot shop light no smoking and things of the sort. If there is no fuel then your fuel pump is your problem. If there is fuel then look directly down at the crankshaft pulley and see if you see contact of the pulley to the plastic timing cover near the center of the cover if so and there are plastic shavings from the cover then you may have sheared a bolt and key way on the crankshaft causing the timing to be all off. This is a common problem on these trackers.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 91 Prizm; replaced Cam TIming

take the head off bent valves thats for sure

Posted on Dec 07, 2010

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