No start after TB????

Kneale Brownson kneale at
Tue Oct 20 13:15:30 PDT 2009

Got the car buttoned up after the new timing belt ran on track (idler 
pulley reset straight), and I get no start.

Got an almost start  before the battery, which has been sitting for 
several weeks, started going low.  Charged it up and used the charger 
boost to augment starter operation.  Engine spun a lot faster, backfired 
once and no start.

Camshaft and crankshaft orientation remained unchanged throughout the 
belt replacement procedure.  Used the locker to take the bolt loose.  
Both cam and crank moved a degree or two when belt was untensioned, but 
stayed that way until I put the belt back on.  Had to move the 
crank--and cam--slightly to get the tool back on, but ended up with the 
cam pulley dot aligned the same with the arrow on the valve cover as it 
had been when I loosened everything.  My TDC "gauge" in the front 
cylinder lined up at the mark I've used on it to do several other TBs, 
and every time I spun the engine by hand, it still came up to the mark 
when the cam pulley dot lined up.

The other things:  I replaced the spark plugs with new correct plugs.  I 
had the throttle body off to try to fix an air leak at its mating with 
the intake manifold I discovered earlier with a pressurized intake 
test.  I used some carb cleaner to get the gunk off the throttle body 
and intake manifold before reassembling.


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