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Just replaced a timing belt due to it ripping. Timed it per the book, have 125 lps compression, yet it will not start. Could I have timed it on the exhaust stroke and not the compression?

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Yep,, It happens,, remove the number one plug,, bring it up to TDC,, and look to see where the timing is set,, it may be 180 off

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