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Jerry Newton, Chevy Technician
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1997 Chevy express 3500 I took out distributor and no car

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1997 Chevy express 3500 I took out distributor and no car won't crank I replaced it of course
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: No crank. I replaced the distributor. To my understanding timing may be off
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Jerry Newton replied 8 months ago.
Did you mark the rotor location, and put it back into roughly the same clock position (rotor AND distributor housing)?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No . Didn't know about that . But I have rotor facing in same position I took it out. I have already crank the car a couple of times already don't know if that would affect it
Expert:  Jerry Newton replied 8 months ago.
Yes, for future reference, when you remove the distributor from anything, the outer housing AND the rotor need to be put back the way you found them. So, now you're at a point where you need to start from scratch and get the distributor planted correctly. I'll attach the procedure here for you.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
How do I find TDC
Expert:  Jerry Newton replied 8 months ago.
Remove spark plug #1, put your finger over the hole, and rotate the crank until you feel pressure blow against your finger. That's when you know you're on the compression stroke. Then, look at the crankshaft marks as illustrated in the article, line up the marks on the crank balancer and the timing cover, and that's it. It's on TDC of the compression stroke of #1 cylinder.

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