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Put a new head gasket on this altima GXE 2.4. timed the crankshaft correctly and cams but yet still wont start. put new distributor, cap, rotor, plugs, and wires. thot the timing chain was stretchd so i also replaced the one for the camshafts. i put everything were its suppose to be timed and when i hand turn the engine with a wrench on the crank it seems to move a tooth over. as i wus doing that i had someone watch the chain and u didnt see the chain jump at all. ny suggestions?

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I would check the compression in the cyl's it will tell you if the engine is timed right, I belive the compression is around 180 psi in each cyl. this will save you a bunch of time.

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180 out, bent valves,or out of adjustment

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