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Ur simply miss reading the manual, u dont say if u have had the belt off?? either the timing gears are out of alignment or (if it runs on tappets) u have gauged the wrong valves, as in adjusting the wrong valves at the wrong time. read ur manual again, u have made a simple mistake somewhere.

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