Distributor gear replaced, no start

andyschlueter andyschlueter at 4techwork.com
Sat Apr 8 22:44:20 EDT 2006

Make sure the mark on the top lip of the distributor, and the mark under the
rotor all line up facing the water manifold inlet (bently). Oh ya check the
marks on the cam gear under plastic. There is an arrow on the valve cover
and a mark on the gear.

Andrew W. Schlueter
'91 Audi 200tq20v Avant

-----Original Message-----
From: 200q20v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of Ed Kellock
Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 10:19 PM
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Subject: Distributor gear replaced, no start

My first thought is spark plug wire order.  I removed them all from the cap
without marking and put them back starting with #1 and going clockwise
through the firing order.  Is this an acceptable approach?  Bently says
1-2-4-5-3, is this correct?
When I removed the dist, I got the rotor in pointing at the #1 spark plug
and set the 0 at the hash mark in the flywheel window.  Then I marked the
distributor base and the mounting flange.  I did not notice the mark on the
revolving hall window thingy inside the dist which of course has a mark that
should line up with the mark on the dist body.  When I put it back, with my
marks lined up, those marks were not.  I double-checked the 0 in the
flywheel window and it had not moved, so I went with my marks, thinking
maybe I shouldn't have lined up the 0 on the has mark but instead centered
it on the S curve part in there like some of the pictures in the book show.
Nevertheless, I believe I replaced it with the same timing as when I removed
When I cranked it over, it would catch but not start.  There was one
ill-timed firing which is when I quit cuz I know that indicates there's
something not timed right.
Anyhow, I've quit for the night and will return tomorrow morning to check
timing marks etc.
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