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99 Dodge 3500 Van, 5.9. No start, sputters, dies. Chrysler Techs scanned all sensors, all new ign parts, coil, sensors etc. Tried ECU also. 45 psi fuel press. No good on starting ether only. Fixed bellypan gasket and 2 fouled plugs, STILL BAD!!

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  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    Fuel Pressure Good?

    And You Have Spark?

    Battery Charged?

    Engine Cranks ?

    Ok Then We need to Check the Ignition TIMING by Fallowing these Instructions.


    1 Remove IGN Coil Power Source 12volts

    2. Remove Distribitor Cap to EXPOSE ROTOR

    Rotate Crankshaft By Using a 1/2 in Drive Ratchet and proper Socket for CENTER BOLT @ Bottom Pulley. Have this Ready for Next steps

    3. Remove #1 Spark Plug

    4 . Have helper hold Finger over Sark plug hole (NO DANGER)

    While He/she Has Finger over hole You must Crank / ROTATE ENGINE CLOCKWISE Look At the Bottom Pulley for the Timing Mark (A Machined LINE Accross Pulley) when you get close to it Your helper should Feel Air Pressure @ Hole If So Slow up and stop at the Line and the ZERO Mark on the Degree Indicator. Then Look at the ROTOR to see where it is POINTING, Mark Presisley The Posision of Copper Contact well MARK the DISTRIBITOR Housing Where this is.

    5. Now Put Distrib. Cap On AND NOTE EXACTLY WHERE the Mark On Housing is Relative to the CAP & What Spark Plug Wire Terminal on CAP this Mark is ON or Closest to?

    It SHOULD be Pointing Towards #1 Wire Witch is ABOUT 7-8 Oclock on CAP pointing at #8 Cylinder (ON ENGING) If it is Not Close to this Alighnment then It has JUMPED TIME and Requires Timing Chain/Gears Replacment and this Will Cure this Problem. If this IS of Help to You Please RATE me Acordingly If You Need Further Information P L E A S E REPLY and Feel FREE To ASK Anything and I Will Be Happy to Help !!



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