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1990 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup

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(1990 Chevrolet C1500)
Posted about not cranking a while back and it was the distributor. It’s been replaced and timing is good, but it still doesn’t like to start. When it does start it runs great. I do have a bad wire on the starter, it had arced off before I got the truck so it’s like welded to the nut on the hot wire. Could it be the starter? It kinda knocks when I try to start it, but that goes away when it starts. Thanks for any ideas anyone has
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on June 11, 2019
Doesn't like to start -- meaning -- the starter motor does not crank the engine? Or the engine is cranking normally but does not start?
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on June 12, 2019
It turns over fine just does not start. Right after the new distributor was installed it cranked ok, but after setting the timing, it’s not wanting to start. The only thing that isn’t new is the coil, it’s about a year old. Thanks for responding
on June 12, 2019
It all comes down to spark, fuel, air, compression, timing.

Do you have verified spark at the spark plugs?

Do you have fuel delivery to the engine at sufficient pressure?

Is the engine choked of air, or does it have too much air -- either way, inappropriate air?

Is the timing proper? Do the cylinders have proper compression?

It's a hands-on testing situation. Hypothetical guesses from my chair won't help much because I couldn't possibly have any data. Checking for those elements first will at least give you an avenue to check. If you have an ignition problem, start at your coil, cables, plugs, distributor, cap, rotor, module. For example. Way too wide open without hands on testing. Best of luck.
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on June 11, 2019
Doesn't like to start -- meaning -- the starter motor does not crank the engine? Or the engine is cranking normally but does not start?
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on June 12, 2019
It turns over fine just does not start. Right after the new distributor was installed it cranked ok, but after setting the timing, it’s not wanting to start. The only thing that isn’t new is the coil, it’s about a year old. Thanks for responding
on June 12, 2019
It all comes down to spark, fuel, air, compression, timing.

Do you have verified spark at the spark plugs?

Do you have fuel delivery to the engine at sufficient pressure?

Is the engine choked of air, or does it have too much air -- either way, inappropriate air?

Is the timing proper? Do the cylinders have proper compression?

It's a hands-on testing situation. Hypothetical guesses from my chair won't help much because I couldn't possibly have any data. Checking for those elements first will at least give you an avenue to check. If you have an ignition problem, start at your coil, cables, plugs, distributor, cap, rotor, module. For example. Way too wide open without hands on testing. Best of luck.

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