Distributor gear replaced, no start RESOLVED

Ed Kellock ekellock at adelphia.net
Sun Apr 9 18:19:48 EDT 2006

Thanks to all who responded, a surprising number, given ti being essentially
a Sunday morning.
I reset the timing that I thought was correct, but still had the ambiguity
of the flywheel/trans housing marks so I went ahead and verified the cam
marks.  This confirmed my original choice of the flywheel 0 aligned with the
trans housing hash mark which is about 1/8 inch from the flat/step edge on
the trans housing lip.  With the 0 aligned with the line, the cam marks were
aligned, so I aligned the distributor body mark with the hall rotor mark and
she fired right up.
After a short test drive and then a fresh sump of oil and a new filter and
all is well.
Thanks again!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Kellock [mailto:ekellock at adelphia.net] 
Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 8:19 PM
To: 'q - 200q20v'
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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