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Have you had the distributor assembly out of this engine? Do you have access to a class 2 scan tool?
Ok, the first thing you need to do is to verify that the distributor has been properly installed. Here is how to do this.
Important: Rotate the number 1 cylinder to Top Dead Center (TDC) of the compression stroke. The engine front cover has 2 alignment tabs and the crankshaft balancer has 2 alignment marks (spaced 90 degrees apart) which are used for positioning number 1 piston at top dead center (TDC). With the piston on the compression stroke and at top dead center, the crankshaft balancer alignment mark (1) must align with the engine front cover tab (2) and the crankshaft balancer alignment mark (4) must align with the engine front cover tab (3).
Notice: The ignition system distributor driven gear and rotor may be installed in multiple positions. In order to avoid mistakes, mark the distributor on the following components in order to ensure the same mounting position upon reassembly:
Ensure that the spark plug towers are perpendicular to the centerline of the engine.
Once the distributor is fully seated, the rotor segment should be aligned with the pointer cast into the distributor base.
Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
Tighten Tighten the distributor clamp bolt to 25 N·m (18 lb ft).
Tighten Tighten the screws to 2.4 N·m (21 lb in).
The wire must not touch anything like the dip stick. Rubbing will make a ground/short after time of use.
Important: If the Malfunction Indicator lamp is turned on after installing the distributor, and a DTC P1345 is found, the distributor has been installed incorrectly.