2002 Chrysler Sebring
. Engine knocking
I rebuilt the engine (first time): Machine shop checked the block, reworked the heads, new water pump
, new oil pump, new gaskets, new tensioners, new lifters. new seals, new timing chains ,
The engine turns over but won’t start. I checked the compression on one cylinder (30#), Checked one plug, it was firing. I pulled the engine down, checked the heads using mineral spirits, all valves got wet but I wouldn’t consider them leaking because I was suppose to use transmission
fluid. checked the rings all were staggered , installed new head gaskets again, set timing and put the engine back together. Still no compression
I started removing the oil filter
to make sure the oil pump was working and there was pressure forcing the oil out before I completely removed the filter. I read where a Fram oil filter (cross reference) was wrong and wrong filter caused a problem similar to this.
I have not checked the oil pressure. Would you have compression if you don’t have oil pressure?
I tried to compress the new lifter by hand and a vise. They wouldn’t retract. Internet said that the way they are supposed to work. This doesn’t sound right to me. But all of them wouldn’t compress. I didn’t force any of them.
I would think it’s the timing but I set the timing per Haynes Manual both times. The timing chain is marked (colored links). One of the two intake sprockets has two timing marks, A circle (dot) and a triangle I used the triangle. The exhaust sprockets are set 12 pins apart from the intake. The timing marks are close to the North position. But would not line up per the picture.
The plug was wet with fuel.
is fully charged.
The fuses are good.
There is a 24” ground wire that’s not installed. I can’t find where it connects. Could that be an issue?