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I did a valve adjustment and now it wont start

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  • wwbubbajoe Jul 31, 2009

    i did it according to the haynes manual and the drag is good. the starter has power to it but doesnt try to start up. i dont know if there is something else but im thinking of pulling the starter and having it tested because i have checked the relay, fuseable links, and fuses for ignition and everything is good. it all stops working at the starter.

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You adjusted the valves too tight. Back off of the adjustment before you break parts. You Have to set the rocker arm clearance when the engine is cold. (Not warm, not hot)

Use a feeler gauge.
The clearance for the Intake valves is .007 to .009. (7 to 9 thousandths)
The clearance for the Exhaust valves is .009 to .011 (9 to 11 thousandths)
You want a slight drag when you pull the feeler gauge through. This technique takes a certain amount of 'Feel'.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

  • Bob Hamm
    Bob Hamm Dec 04, 2013

    Thanks! Ill try that.

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