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1993 Isuzu Amigo Question: Will not start.



idbountyhunter, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Winter Park, FL, May 03, 2009, 12:17

Found the distributor had came out (a bolt that holds it in came out) I placed it back in and checked spark with a tester and I have spark. What would i do next. Thank you for your time.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, May 03, 2009, 13:01

    If the distributor backed out the ignition timing will have to be set. You will have spark when the engine is cranked over but the spark may not be arriving at the right time in the cylinder. I forget if that engine has a "dog drive distributor drive( can only go in one way) or has a gear driven distributor drive which can go in in different orientation. Do you have a timing light to check the ignition timing as someone cranks over the engine for you. I do not have access to the workshop manual right now but will look later this evening and get back to you with better information.

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    patrick mannion, May 04, 2009, 19:30

    The distributor drive gear is a "gear" that can mesh with the camshaft drive gear in many different orientations. To properly set the ignition timing the number 4 cylinder will have to be got on it's compression stroke at top dead center and the ignition rotor will have to be pointing at the number 4 spark plug wire in the distributor cap. (With the valve cover off there is an alignment mark on the distributor that needs to be lined up with a corresponding mark in the cylinder head casting).
    Once the ignition timing it set statically the engine can be started and using a timing light the ignition timing is set to 6 degrees before top dead center at 900 RPM.

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