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1987 suzuki samurai Distributor problems

My friend borrowed my distributor from my samurai to help diagnose a problem with his...when he removed mine, he failed to mark the position of the rotor. When reinstalled back in my Sami the engine doesn't idle very well. It'll idle around 1500 for 5 minutes or so, then slowly drop over the course of a few minutes down to nothing. He's telling me there might be a problem with my automatic choke, but everything worked fine, idled perfect, before he removed it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Robert

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First, kick his ***. 2nd,, kick your **** for allowing him to mess with your car.. LOL 3rd, Grab a drink for both of you and tackle this together. Remove the spark plug on cylinder #1. Rotate the engine till you get it coming up on the compression stroke. You can hold your finger over this to do it. (Don't be using the starter) Pull the distributor cap and mark on the distributor itself where the #1 wire should be. Now. Put something like a straw into the spark plug hole and continue rotating the engine until it reaches the top. Now look at the distributor and see where the rotor is pointing.. Your BUDDY, should know what to do next. The reason it is currently running is because the timing is too late. Whenever disassembling anything on an engine, notes should always be taken.

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