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Old 05-31-2007, 11:44 PM   #1
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HELP car won't start after Head Gasket change

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My 88 LX Vert blew a head gasket. I replaced both head gaskets along with new upper and lower intake gaskets, ARP head bolts and valve cover gaskets. So, After putting everything back together I tried starting the motor and it just turns over but does not start. I checked the ignition coil and have good spark. I checked and double checked all the connectors and vacuum lines and still nothing!!

Is there anyway to check if I am getting fuel into the injectors without taking off the upper intake again?? (ps my fuel pump is turning on when I turn the ignition to the on position).

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:32 AM   #2
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How did you set up the dizzy when you put it all back together? DId you set the rotor pointing to just before the #1 plug with the #1 cylinder at TDC? Double check firing order as well.
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what ^^^^^ said

i guess that its either the distributor is not in right, the firing order is wrong, or the timing is out.

double check those items before anything else.
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In before someone tells him he installed the distributor a tooth off.
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got to be timing issue!

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:29 PM   #6
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another vote for timing!
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Very likely to be a timing issue, even among experienced mechanics. I've done it plenty. Have you pulled a plug or 3 to see if you're getting spark when cranking it over?
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Thanks everyone,

The firing order is correct. I'll check the dizzy this weekend.
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distributor timing problems are over-complicated many times. heres what u do-
bring the #1 cylinder to tdc on the compression stroke..(rotate engine with finger over spark plug hole till u feel compression, then just line up the timing marker with the 0 degree mark on your balancer)

then just rotate the distributor til the rotor is just before the #1 cylinder.. about 1/4" should be good.

and thats it. no problems. no "one tooth off" crap or other problems. have your timing light ready and when she starts up, time it exactly where u want it.

if its don't start now, then its not your timing. start looking at fuel problems or over tightened valves.
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distributor timing problems are over-complicated many times. heres what u do-
bring the #1 cylinder to tdc on the compression stroke..(rotate engine with finger over spark plug hole till u feel compression, then just line up the timing marker with the 0 degree mark on your balancer)

then just rotate the distributor til the rotor is just before the #1 cylinder.. about 1/4" should be good.

and thats it. no problems. no "one tooth off" crap or other problems. have your timing light ready and when she starts up, time it exactly where u want it.

if its don't start now, then its not your timing. start looking at fuel problems or over tightened valves.
Did exactly what you said. Started right up!!!
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Fantastic! Glad it was something simple - I really had a feeling it was.
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