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When starter is engaged it does not turn the crankshaft pulley. When turning the crankshaft by hand it turns the distributor rotor button. I replaced the starter but no difference. This problem happened all at once. The van has 195,000 miles and has always started. Thanks, Kevin

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Check to make sure that gear comes out of starter and makes contact with flywheel. If the gear is not coming out of starter, the wires may be on backwards. especiallh if it is a new starter.

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93 gmc yukon. Forgot to mark position of button on distributor when i pulled it out. Easiest way to set the timing without timing light

Slowly rotate the engine, manually, until you feel compression in cylinder #1. You can do this by removing the #1 spark plug, having someone block that spark plug hole with their finger, and slowly turn the engine over with a wrench. When they start feeling air pressure, you then know that you are approaching top dead center on the compression stroke of cylinder #1. Now, look at the crankshaft pulley. There should be a timing marker on the pulley. Place it at the top (or 0) on the timing mark of the timing chain cover. Look at the distributor cap and determine where the #1 wire is attached. Then, remove the distributor and rotate the rotor close to that position. When putting the distributor back into the engine, the rotor will turn as it engages the gears. You may have to try a few times to get it lined up. Also, the distributor drives the oil pump. The distributor may not go down all the way, until you move the engine a little more. Once the distributor falls in, all the way, turn the engine again, and determine where compression begins again. Turn the engine to top dead center again and look to ensure that the rotor is in the proper position. That should get you close on the timing.

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How to Reinstall a Distributor if Crankshaft Moved.

Applys to all Distributor Engines.

Follow this easy instruccions if you want to reinstall a distributor on a vehicle where the crankshaft was moved from the position it was when the distributor was removed.

Remove #1 spark plug

Place your finger over the spark plug hole while turning the engine with a wrench on the pulley bolt at the front of the engine.

When you feel compression continue turning the crankshaft slowly until the timing mark on the vibration damper is aligned with the "0" on the engine timing indicator.

Position the disttributor rotor between the number 1 & 8 (for 8 Cil.) 1 & 6 (for 6 Cil.) or 1 & 4 (for 4 Cil.) spark plug terminals on the cap.

Lower Dist. into engine. To set the gear on the bottom of the distribuitor, you may need to turn the rotor a little bit. If the distributor does not drop down flush against the block is because the distributor shaft has not mated the oil pump shaft, if this happens, place a large socket w/braker bar on the crankshaft bolt and turn the engine over in the normal direction of rotation until the two shafts engage properly and the distributor sits flush against block.

With the base of the distributor properly seated, turn dist. housing to align the marks you made in dist. base and engine block. (you did make this marks before removal right? : )

Place the hold down clamp and install the hold down bolt not too tight.
Install dist. cap an reconect electrical plugs, spark plug wires, etc.

Check ignition timing and when set, tighten dist. hold down bolt.

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I took the distributor out of my 85 ranger w\out marking where the rotor was . I put all the timing marks wher theyr supposed to be and the distributor back in but it wont start now. What do i do

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You put the number 1 cylinder at Top Dead Center of its compression stroke, then drop in distributor with the rotor pointing to the #1 spark plug wire.

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Starter dose not engage on my 1986 Pontiac sunburst. I took the distributor cap off to see if the rotor turns while cranking. It does not. Please note this is a SUNBURST not a Sunbird -- you have no...

This means that the timing chain or belt is broken. The rotor should turn if cranking and if it doesn't somewhere between the distributor gear and the crankshaft is broken.

I would get the manual for this vehicle in order to go deeper into the subject.

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Yes, the crank will spin a few times to each rotation of the rotor. If you have the timing belt on, you should be able to crank the engine with the starter. Just make sure you take the spark wire off the coil first so it wont start. Also make sure you lined up the marks on the crank and cam sprockets or you may have serious timing issues.
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To replace the distributor in ANY engine, turn the crankshaft by hand till the timing mark on the pulley is aligned with 0 degrees on the scale. Mark the position of the #1 ignition wire on the housing to use as a reference with the cap removed. Lower the distributor into the engine and note how much the rotor turns away from the mark on the housing as you do that, they pull it back up and turn the rotor so as it goes down, the rotor aligns with the mark instead of moving away from it.
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