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Reset timing I have Reset the timing using the timing marks as shown by the manual the car will start but not run. I reset the timing 180 degrees out it runs but lacks power and blows a lot of smoke.

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  • Chris Smith Jan 17, 2012

    I am talking about a Diesel.

  • Chris Smith Jan 17, 2012

    I am asking about a Diesel



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A little odd. Here's how to find TDC of the compression stroke: Pull #1 plug out, use a socket on crank pulley and turn clockwise with your finger over plug hole. As crank nears 0 degrees on compression stroke, you can feel the pressure build up under your finger. You wont feel any pressure on the exhaust stroke as crank approaches and passes the zero degrees mark. Keep turning one revolution till you are on the compression stroke-you will definitely feel the pressure build up. Stop at 0 degrees-Now the rotor SHOULD be pointing to number one spark plug tower. Good luck.

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