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Recheck timing , buy manual follow instructions carefully 

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How to remove & install distributor on 1998 Suzuki jlx


answsered here 100s of times now, ok.
does the engine run now< and not fiddle by the wild bunch?
then that is very easy,
first mark all wires. 1,2,3,4 (1,3,4,2 ) is firing order
the rotor turns CCW (do not read GM book lies)
the front cylinder is #1
mark cap tower term.as #1 (the front wire goes there)
  1. now remove cap (distributor)
  2. turn engine by hand until rotor points to #1 location.
  3. This is TDC #1 firing point. (see crank pulley notch at 0?)
  4. I also mark #1 on rim of dissy. (cuz, im careful) and (ask)
  5. remove the clamp bolt and side plug.
  6. pull dizzy out. (distributor slang)
  7. put new dizzy in, allowing for the 13tooth gears to mesh and turn and landing with rotor on #1 mark! . (3 tries, sure)
  8. set clamp bolt, plug in side plug.
  9. Cap back on wires same as before, do not scramble the wires.
  10. new rotor on installed wrong, cheap rotors are just that the install wrong, and never a BOSCH rotor , it fits 1 way only.
  11. The engine now starts.
  12. set static timing using the timing freeze jumper detailed below.
  13. open hood (usa,) look up,see that EPA sticker and timing spec, bingo.

covers all ways (vast) to mess it up, too, not just the simple replace.
http://www.fixkick.com/IGN_timing/16v-procedure.html

good luck.

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How do I find the timing marks on a 1992 voyager


Sounds like you replaced the distributor without setting #1 at TDC? The distributor cap should indicate which plug is the #1 plug wire. If there are no inspection plugs you can pop out to see the timing marks on the camshaft gears you will need to disable the starting system (fuel flow) remove #1 plug and turn it over until #1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke. Then insert the distributor cap with the rotor on it, taking note of where the #1 plug tower is on the cap. Once the dist is installed place the cap on and make sure the end of the rotor is aligned with the #1 tower inside, if it is your good to go. If not take the dist out and turn it a bit left or right then put it in again until it lines up correctly (may take a few tries). Once aligned secure everything, replace spark plug and it should fire up.

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Timing is off on my 1990 ford f150 v8 302


There are a few ways and if I remember correctly, if you have a Module on the distributor you also have a wire sprout which must be disconnected to get base timing.

That being said, those modules still had a timing mark on the crankshaft damper and a timing mark pointer. You want to have the crankshaft visibly marked and the pointer at the DEGREES recommended for the motor. You will see TDC on most dampers and then advance it maybe 6 degrees as marked.

Assuming you are close to begin with, AFTER lining up the parts as recommended, mark the distributor #1 plug position on the cap to distributor housing so that the #1 plug terminal is known when the cap is temporarily removed, wires intact.

Then see where the rotor is pointed and remove the distributor and clock the rotor to align with the mark you put on the distributor housing. If you have a gear drive, the gear will need to be moved slightly for the rotor to twist into place when the distributor is seated. With a timing light, check where the spark is occurring for #1.

You may be close enough for the engine to start.

Other ways involve removing a plug(#1) and turning the engine until compression pushes your finger away from the cylinder hole. Line the timing marks up per specs, do the same process for the distributor rotor and try it again.

If this still does not produce the results you want, make sure the plug wires were not switched. Finally removing the valve cover to observe when intake and exhaust are both closed will help, but it is a lot off unnecessary work to be avoided.

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put number 1 cylinder at top dead center and drop in distributor so the rotor points to number 1 on cap. may have to try several times as gear moves when lowering dist.

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Car wont start only backfires


you are out of timing with the distributor
pull the distributor out
remove a no1 plug to determine tdc compression stroke ( put your finger over the plug hole and pressure is compression stroke )
check the timing mark on the balancer pulley and align it to 112 degrees btdc \ on the distributor there should be a mark like a hacksaw cut across the lip of the body
align the rotor button to that mark
when it slips down it will turn
pull it back out and move the rotor button before or after so that when finished the rotor points to that mark and the clamp for the distributor is in approximately the center f the slot
do ypor wiring order from that first wire

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54 Chevy 235 runns but no power and overheats.Should I have pointed rotor toward spark plug not distributor cap #1.My e-mail is jmincey23@sbcglobal.net


timing is way to slow. are points gap set properly. I think they are set at .016 for used points.
Fireing order is 1-5-3-6-2-4
with timing mark set at top dead center .i think it is a ball on back of engine. distributer rotor should be at #! .

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94 Isuzu Rodeo 2.6L. I replaced head gasket and now the motor will turn but no start. I did not mess with timing during procedure but did replace rotor and dist cap while it was out. Also tried to replace...


remove the distributor cap and check inner part of the cap there should be a black pin (Carbon Look) in the center of the cap, if you only have a hole, the pin fell of and without it the spark won't jump from the coil to the spark plugs. If it fell, take the old cap, and take out that pin and put it on the new one.

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