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Took distributor out of engine, now car won't start. Is it out of time?

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Yes, if you did this and are in the soup i recommend you get someone over that has a bit more knowledge on this matter because cranking an engine out of time can sometimes klead to a bending of intake/exhaust valves etc.

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