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I have a similiar problem to [mountean on Nov 14,2009] except I replaced the whole distributor ,now I'm getting spark , but it won't start,catch,or even try to start.Somebody told me the timing belt could have jumped timing. The engine is a 1.5L single overhead cam with 2000,000 miles on it

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  • Franklin Carroll Nov 20, 2009

    No I really didn't know anything about that.

  • Franklin Carroll Nov 20, 2009

    No ,The car did not run before I changed the distributor. It stopped running three weeks ago as soon as my wife was driving home from work it suddenly just died and wouln't start back up. So we had it tow to a shop to have them check it out and they said it wasn't getting any spark/fire because of the the distributor and that it would cost close to $600.00 if they were to get the part and install it. We had the car towed back home ,bought the part ,installed it ,got spark but no start [distributor was not removed at any time due to replacement of the new one].

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    philschneide May 11, 2010

    The other problems that come immediately to mind are: Timing belt broken. If that is the case, the way the car turns over when you are trying to start it will sound a little odd, like the whole engine is turning over (which would be the case since your valves would not be opening and closing). The easy way to check that, since the distributer runs from the camshaft, that in turn runs from the timing belt, is to take the cap off the distributor to see if the rotor is actually turning when you try to start the car. If it is, then the timing belt is not broken (but, of course, it could have jumped some teeth, but they usually break rather than jumping). The other problem that comes to mind is fuel pump. They are known to go suddenly. Since the fuel pump is in your gas tank, you can have someone listen at the filler cap when you turn the ignition on (to ON II, do not start the car). If they hear a whirring sound for a few seconds, then the fuel pump is working (how well is another question, but if it works it is probably not your problem). Check those things.

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    philschneide May 11, 2010

    First, I don't know what Mountean's problem was, but if you car would start before you changed the distributor, and if you didn't turn the car over before you installed the new one (or after you removed the old one) you MIGHT not have to reset the ignition timing: did you follow the procedure for change carefully? It is: Detach any clamps and electrical connectors on the distributor. Mark the wires and hoses so that they can be returned to their original positions. Look for a raised number or letter on the distributor cap. This marks the location for the number one cylinder spark plug wire terminal (if you can't locate a mark, trace the number one spark plug wire back to the terminal on the cap). Remove the distributor cap and turn the engine over until the rotor is pointing toward the number one spark plug terminal (this should be TDC--top dead center--for the number one cylinder). Make a mark on the distributor base directly below the rotor tip and in line with it. Mark the base of the distributor and the cylinder head so that you know exactly where the base was in relation to the area where it goes into the hole. Disconnect and mark the ICU wires (ignition control module, inside the distributor). Remove distributor and install new one so that the rotor is in exactly the same position that the old one was. Make sure the base of the distributor is in the same position (roughly, with the rotor pointing at the mark you made) and loosely tighten the hold down bolt or bolts. If you did this correctly, it should let you start the car, if it ran before you changed the distributor. After all that, you have to have the ignition timing set. That is a job that requires a timing light and some more involved procedures. I would recommend a service station for that. Now, did the car run BEFORE you changed the distributor?

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    philschneide May 11, 2010

    Did you reset the ignition timing after you changed the distributor?

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The first thing you need to check is the timing i have this same exact car the timing does have a tendency to jump re time it if itstill wont start after the timing is fixed check that the distributor the rotor should be at the number one plug when number one cylider is at top dead center

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