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My 1997 Jeep Larado had the distributor brake at the braket that holds it in place. The jeep stopped running of course. I went and got a new distributor and brought the number 1 cylender to TDC and put the timeing mark on 0. The jeep turns over smooth but will not fire, I have spark coming out of the distributor. What am I missing.

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  • todd_murp603 Jun 05, 2010

    I don't understand because this distributor has a fixed housing on it that only allows you to bolt it into one position.It doesn't appear that you can move it counter clock wise or clock wise once it drops in at TDC. If you move it, it will not be able to be held in is place. Here again what am I missing. This is a 4.0 stait 6 I don't know if that helps or not.

  • GetMeOttaHere Jun 05, 2010

    What type of dist is on this vehicle? The standard with cap and rotor or the camshaft position sensor type?

  • todd_murp603 Jun 05, 2010

    The bracket and the distributor are all one peace. So there was no way of securing the old distributor in place. So it had to be replaced. This distributor has a cap and rotor but I don?t see how you can move it once it is dropped in place because the mounting bracket that is affixed to the distributor has one bolt hole that has to line up in a certain position in order to secure it in place to the motor.

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If the distrubutor is definatley installed correctly, as you have some one crank the engine turn the distributor sightly counert clock-wise and clock-wise until the engine fires up. Then set the timing with a light. Double check the wires are in the correct position on the dist in relation to spark plug/cylinder places.

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  • GetMeOttaHere Jun 05, 2010

    The answer I provided was actually for another post. Why was the dist replaced to begin with. I realize the bracket had broke, but was there an issue regarding starting and this was why the dist was replaced? When did this no start condition first surface?

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