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With 1-3-4-2 as firing order, I cannot put the timing anywhere even within sight of TDC (+/-12 degrees) and have the rotor even close to the #1 distributor contact. It is way past, almost dead on #2 pin in the distributor. I checked the 1 & 4 pistons are high, 2 & 3 low when I have the timing mark at TDC.

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    2.0 liter 1995 Ford Probe SE 5 speed manual Fires but will not start.

  • dshroads Feb 07, 2010 will work, thank you.

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    1995 Ford Probe SE
    2.0 Liter
    5 speed manual transmission



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You have a 2.0L or 2.5L, i have directions and image of process in a pdf format can email you if like, but need to know witch motor and email address to send info

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    ok have a few diagrams of timing info can send you need email address to send to

  • tim mcgrath Feb 07, 2010

    I emailed you the diagrams if need more help or have any questions about be happy to help.

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